I always wonder what people will think hundreds of years from now when they take out the little round and shiny discs labeled ‘Photos’ and see what’s on them. Will they imagine who the brown haired girl with the puppy was? Will they laugh at our fashion? Study the props we use in our photos? Wonder why we took so many darn selfies?
In 2013, over 5,000 glass plates negatives taken by Costica Acsinte, a Romanian photographer who took photographs during the first World War, and also worked as a professional photographer before and after that, were re-discovered. To preserve these historical artifacts, Acsinte’s glass plates were digitized by the Costica Acsinte Archive.
Enter Australia photographer, Jane Long. Jane wanted to brush up on her retouching skills and stumbled on the archive’s work on Flickr.
I became fascinated with the images and their subjects. I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that, I wanted to give them a story.
And the project, Dancing with Costica, was born. Each photograph was carefully colorized and treated to a little Photoshop magic. Jane gave the images their own narratives in her mind. “I wanted there to be some ambiguity about the images, what is real and what is not real? Are these light characters or dark? Restoring and recolouring the images is only part of the process, the rest is the dance.”
Each photo, of course, is intriguing and filled with an unspoken story from a time long past, and having color added to them changes the feeling of them to that of something more whimsical and surreal. It’s interesting to me to see a modern take on long lost photographs. Each image speaks of the person who created the image – Costica the photographer from almost a century ago, and Jane Long, who used modern technology to put her own artistic spin to these precious pieces of history.
[Via Bored Panda]