- Arts and Design
The Beautiful Lady - With No Name
While Mum and I were going down Memory Lane looking at old photos we came across this one.
Its excellent colour quality caught my eye immediately, as it stood out amongst all the old black and white photos.
Who is she?
Mum knew immediately; she was my Uncle’s first love.
That dated the photo about 1950, over 60 years ago.
Sadly, my Uncle is no longer with us, how I would have loved to know more about her.
Did you mourn a lost love
Or did you love and forget?
I wonder did you love again
Get married, have children
I hope your life was full of
My beautiful lady with no name
Colour photography was invented in the early 1900’s, but it wasn’t until the 1930’s that it became popular and more readily available.
A studio portrait like my beautiful lady would have still been expensive.
The photograph was still in good condition, so there was minimal restoration work to do.
I scanned the photo at 600dpi and used Adobe Photoshop for the restoration work.
The colour of the original photo was quite faded. Thankfully, Adobe Photoshop has a nice quick fix to restore faded colour.
Go to IMAGE , ADJUSTMENTS , and click on AUTO LEVELS.
Adobe does a very accurate colour restore and it’s quite painless!
Next go to IMAGE , ADJUSTMENTS , and click on CURVES.
A new window opens to make a manual adjustment to brightness and contrast.
If you are restoring photos always work on your photo zoomed in, to remove dust, scratches and blemishes and keep saving a copy of your work.
For some nice easy tips please see my hub Photo Restoration: Scanning and Restoring Photos at Home.
Although I still do not know her name, the crispness of colour and quality of the image seems to make her even more beautiful!