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Repairing Alice

Repairing Alice

I am still going through the relatively small collection of old photos of my grandmother Alice. This one really appealed to me, as it showed her as a young married woman, posing in a studied way for the photographer, with her left elbow resting on a large book. It might well have been a school portrait, but I am not sure if they did school portraits back at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The original image was in woeful condition, as can be seen from the above collage. It was torn, held together with sellotape, had creases in it, and was missing significant elements (like some of her hair), and a section of her right sleeve and hand were badly damaged.
It took a novice like me a lot of time fiddling around in Photoshop to resurrect this image to a portion of what must have been its former glory. As I spent time footling about the edges of the image, her quiet serenity and authority drew me in. Her face was unharmed through all the ravages this image went through, almost as if it were a metaphor for the vicissitudes of her life. It may have been hurt in many ways at the edges, but the centre held firm. Here, I think, was a formidable woman, someone who seemed very comfortable in her own skin.

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Available Light Images20-Jan-2010 01:41
remarkably great job given the state of the original.. Alice would no doubt be dumbfounded at the ways of our time... super memories and well worth the effort...
William Barletta30-Nov-2009 20:49
Máire, I think that you have done an excellent job of photo-restoration. It was wise to keep the original toning and contrast. The final product must be a treasure to you.
Mairéad30-Nov-2009 20:12
Excellent work Máire - Alice looks very pretty in this. V
Marisa D.L.30-Nov-2009 13:32
Time has passed, Alice has already given birth to some children, probably, her body is getting a little plumper, and her look is always concentrated and serious in front of the photographer. A beautiful woman whose thoughts we’ll never know.
The secrets of Aloe, so close and so far...
You really did a semi-professional work to restore this photo. You have learnt so quickly to use all the technical means a good photo retouching program can offer nowadays.
Bravo, Máire!
Sheila30-Nov-2009 11:48
You did an excellent job here.
marie-jose wolff30-Nov-2009 09:16
very fine work, perfect repair!
Alice looks great again! V
Phillip Normanton30-Nov-2009 08:11
You did an excellent job of defraying granny's edges! Careful now, it's very addictive once you get going :o))
LynnH30-Nov-2009 01:41
Nice work repairing your old photos. I have done this and really enjoyed it. I've actually done restoration work for several different friends now. It's in demand! I'm so happy to see you are saving them for future generations. Wonderful stuff!
marita toftgard29-Nov-2009 23:35
you have done such a perfect repair
great work
and what a lovely woman

laine29-Nov-2009 23:34
Super repair job...your work has assured Alice will survive another century or more !!!