Love the photos of Natasha.
None of this colorization looks natural....very washed out and pasty looking.I'd suggest learning from Adam Carroll's work. He's really got an eye for bringing vintage images to life.
Well 10:07: I did not intend for it to be natural looking, its art. Nothing against Adam Carroll but he uses apps like anyone else and I find his work to be illustration and not art. There is no expression artistically other than the colorization and AI apps which are very easy to use these days. I see you have not gotten out of the house today. Maybe open a window and back away from my blog for a moment.
Nothing wrong with these pictures, I find that Natasha looks beautiful in them.
10:07, Carroll, as well as O'Martin and other forum colorists, use standard apps to colorize photos, as Ms. Zumaya said. The oohing and ahhhing over their "artwork" is rather silly, as if they spent weeks working intently on one image.
Years ago photographs were colored with Marshall Oil paints. I am old enough to have used that process. It was a tint applied with a type of q-tip and then rubbed into the image with cotton. You can see it looks like a pastel wash. The highly colorized images appearing now online are colorized by artificial intelligence apps. It is astounding what they can do. No one is sitting at an easel working for days or weeks hand painting photographs to that degree of digital resolution. There is a free app on Google store now for almost any graphic you want.
Individuals who use apps to tint black and white photos are not artists deploying artistic skills. They do not create “work.” In the main, what they do is desecrate. Nothing admirable about it.
I would disagree to a degree. I think colorizing of the past in image is a riveting insight into the times. It makes it all more real in some way, more relatable. And an artist can create art out of almost anything because it is not the materials used but the eye that creates art. This all said I am not entirely comfortable with colorizing too much. But there is no desecration imo because it is just another version of the original.
I don't think it is desecration to colorize black and white. However, I do believe there is an art to black and white photography, as well as black and white films. The lighting and the shadows are deliberately arranged to project a certain image. It takes an artist's eye and a certain talent to create some of the classic photos and film from the 1920s.