Saturday, 15 October 2016

Fading Back Into Time

This is a scan of a negative which was acquired from the depths of an on-line auction site. The wonders of modern digital techniques allow us to scan such treasures, repair them, remove the scratches and dust spots, and sprinkle them with newness. 

They retain an objective patina - the car, the clothes all speak of an age now gone - but the crisp monochrome doesn't quite fit. If it had been a print rather than a negative, it would have acquired a sepia coating that would have been as effective as a date stamp. But negatives tend not to fade in the same way; and therefore the digital tools that cleaned the negative up have to be brought into use again, to fade the print back into its' proper time.

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