First off, I would like to thank the feller with this site for the link and kind words.. the navagation could and will be better, but I am not a web guy.. I am just winging it the best I know how. If he visited it awhile ago, he might be suprised to see that I have made it much more easy to get around since may 5th. So thanks for the link man, appreciate it.
That being said...
Well, darn the critics anyways. Perhaps I should explain a few things. The site encompases every colorization I have done. some are really good, some are my very first ones, and well, live and learn. That being said, I should elaborate a bit perhaps.
What I do is not to "revitalize" history. But a double take never hurt anyone, especialy kids who find black and white distracting (I personaly like the beauty of black and whites, and in no way think I make them "better" by colorizing. What I do is an obsesive neurotic compulsive fixation to just be a fly on the wall of history, and interpet it in color as best as possible. I use no guidlines, just feelings and my novice academics in history. I only look at the picture, let it speak to me, and work it from there. No big technical secrets, no magic, no filters, pretty painstaking process actualy.. but bottom line, I am just a guy who likes to color historical pictures. I only put the site up because I figured I would share the stuff because I was getting quite an archive, as a result I have been contracted to restore and colorize for a few schools and one museum.
See, it isnt as easy as "coloring" a picture. First off you have to restore most of them. Some of these photos were in such bad shape so as to be almost completly rebuilt including arms, hands, eyes ect.
Now you could go to one of my first pictures, like Lincoln at gettysburg, or Red Baron and ground crew.. and think "these kinda suck" (but I wasnt about to exclude them, in fact as a result of the baron picture, I have met a wonderful woman from Germany whos father flew with him, and she has these fantastic never before seen, invaluable photos of the two and I am helping her restore them).. but go in and look at the more recent ones (I have only been doing this color thing for 4 months now... gimmie a bit of space) Like Dwight David Eisenhower, or big 3 at Yalta.. and if the critics think they could be better, then by all means, have at it. I wasnt contracted by the History of Photography Museum to do the Eisnehower because they thought we would all waste each others time. (the original 20 x25 I did now hangs in a government building in new york).
It is some of my best work, if you think it stinks, then go no further.
That being said, many people do enjoy the work, and it is all just for fun.. if you dont like them cool, if you do like them, cool.. if the critics can do better, then put em up.. hell, I will feature them on the site, give em top billing, I already feature 2 other colorists, one a lil girl from Australia whos Lincoln is featured on my front page.. the more the merrier.... Teachers and librarians have contacted me for permission to use the photos as visual aids in their studys, kids dig em. Have the critics even looked at Chief Joseph, or indians on horseback, charlie chaplin and edna Purviance? Very easy to pick out the bad and ignore the good perhaps? I mean if I was getting paid for this, I expect the critique would come more easy for me, than someone telling me my little hobby is crappy.
Well, thats where I am coming from.. I know if I honestly thought they "sucked" anything I just wrote wouldnt change my mind. But I would probably dig into the volume of work before I was so rash with my judgment of how someone spends their free time.. I do know you could do a lot worse off in the random website pick.
I am no historian, I am no artist, I am no graphics professional (a few side jobs but hey), I am just a guy who likes to color historical photos, (The man driving the tank in the 756th tank battalion is one contacts father who asked me to colorize it, and the sailor on the monitor ship in 1916 was a mans father, and he asked me to colorize it.. it makes em happy, helps keep it alive) and until now, never heard a bad word about it.. oh well, I guess I should be more tough, but it is only for cheap thrills.
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