I mention this on the page itself, but I don’t seem to be able to do restoration work on old photographs without darkening them considerably. If you look at my last post, where I worked with a photograph of Dora S. Devol, you’ll see what I mean. If anyone has insight into what I’m probably doing wrong, I’d be much obliged. My father has digitized a large number of old family photos and it would be nice to be able to clean some of them up without losing the fine detail that I find so interesting.
My subjects, if we ignore the oak tree, are both women. Well, a woman and a girl.
I enjoyed finding a whole trove of photos of southern suffragettes in the collection of American Memory. My favorite was really Sue S. White, Chairman of the Tennessee National Woman’s Party, who is wearing a jail door pin. However, I could not figure out what was going on with the background discoloration (was it originally the dark or light streak?) and so I gave up on the photo. My North Carolina woman, Virginia Arnold, is wearing a snazzy pinstripe number, and has the added benefit of representing my native state.
The girl whose photograph I colorized is the same person from my last post here: Isadora Dean Scott Devol. She shows up in census records as Dora, but her name really was Isadora, after her mother. She is my great-great grandmother, grew up in New Orleans, and was a very pretty young girl. Now that I have the hang of colorizing, I may bring new hues to some of my other ancestors.