COLOUR FROM WHERE? (amazing historic photos that have been coloured)

Young boy in Baltimore slum area, July 1938

Original Photograph by John Vachon | Prints available @ Shorpy.com
Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit)

I found a link on my Facebook feed today and was blown away by it. Don't you just love that feeling when all you want to do is drop everything and TRY something new? That's how I'm feeling after browsing through this collection of stills.

It's always a challenge to get skin tones right when grading your footage, but image creating them from scratch! Check out this amazing collection of colour perfection where a series of old-school black and white photographs have been completely transformed.

http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/historic-black-white-photos-colorized/

Isn't it amazing what colour does to an image? I mean, some of these shots look like they were taken just yesterday. Do our minds instantly associate black and white with historic/vintage/yesteryear? These days the craze seems to be manipulating clean, crisp images to look older, aged and vintage...but here's the opposite, and I'm loving it :) I'm excited to give it crack myself!

Albert Einstein, Summer 1939
Nassau Point, Long Island, NY

Colorized by Edvos on Reddit | Paul Edwards

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945 Original Photograph by Toni Frissell Colorized by HansLucifer

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945

Original Photograph by Toni Frissell
Colorized by HansLucifer

It's also interesting to note that the artists who have coloured these images, have chosen a specific pallet. Why? Basic colour theory will explain that, but isn't it funny how that "teal & orange" look never seems to die ;) Take a look at the images below to see what I mean!

Two major complimentary colours. 

Teal and Orange anyone? Looks good to me, I'm sure Einstein would agree hehe :)

Here's a slightly different example, this time green instead of blue, but still, it's such a good example of colour contrast and effective pallet choice.

Again, two major complimentary colours.


The image below is one of my favorites....and again it utilizes two complimentary colours. That classic Hollywood grade...it will never die! Colorized by artist Sanna Dullaway, it almost looks like a movie set. What incredible work. If you click on the artist's  name it will take you to their Facebook page where you'll find more info :)

Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921

Colorized by Sanna Dullaway | forrifarg.se


Posted on August 18, 2013 .