As you may have gathered by now, all of us here at TVN are big fans of colourisation. Some are of the view that back then, life was black and white – of course it wasn’t, we just didn’t have the tech to take colour images. Of that’s also a bit of an old wife’s tale – we did have the tech but it was very expensive. The wonderful collection here is by Marina Amaral. Marina has a great website and FB page and you can find all her details below. As you will see, Marina also takes on private commissions and has colourised many family images for people:
One day I decided to combine my fascination with history and skill using Photoshop; the combination was magical. I started to restore and put color into photo’s that were originally black and white, allowing people to see history from a new and colorful perspective. Each photo is made to be realistic by recognizing the value behind each image, respecting and preserving their stories, paying attention to the finer details and maintaining the original essence in each one.
Every completed work has gone through long and in depth research, and is supported by the opinions of experts in each particular area if necessary, to faithfully reproduce the original colors and atmosphere. My work ranges from simple portraits to complex and detailed images, taken from various historical periods covering a wide range of topics.
Color has the power to bring the life back to the most important moments.
Coloring black and white photos is an art that requires a deep work of research, analysis of each object to make it be as realistic as possible, historical knowledge and enough respect to value and preserve every detail in each story. It is a complex process able to transport us to anywhere. When we look at the photo in color, we can easily have the feeling that we are living that moment again. You can follow Marina on Facebook and her website www.marinamaral.com