This is probably my favorite idea of the week.
An artist is colorizing old black and white photographs, and she is doing it so masterfully that the images really do look like they could have been taken yesterday.
I remember when I was a little girl and I saw my first “modern” movie set in the past. Until then, I had only seen old movies in black and white, and contemporary movies in color. It was jarring, and although I knew objectively that people in the 50s, 20s, or 1800s didn’t actually live their real lives in black and white, something about seeing those scenes in color struck something home to me.
I realized that, having never lived in a time where I would see a person in front of me and then see a picture of that same person in black and white, I was missing the ability to fully humanize or relate to people in black and white images. They seemed seperate, like a dream, like something from the distant past that I might objectively know really happened, but that I couldn’t quite get my brain to fully acknowledge. It was kind of like knowing objectively that I will some day die, rather than actually fully accept and acknowledge my mortality at any given moment.
I don’t know if I am alone in this, or if many people see an image that is more relatable and more realistic when they see these images colorized. One way or another, I think that she has an amazing talent for it, and I find these photographs fascinating.