A timelapse of 2 hours of highly skilled digital restoration and colourisation [using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014] of a badly damaged black and white image by Argentinian photographer and retoucher Joachim Villaverde condensed into three minutes.
A meticulously restored Henderson Streamlined concept bike owned and maintained by motorcycle collector Frank Westfall of Syracuse and looking as if transported intact from the golden age of industrial aerodynamics.
The hallmarks of the era were unbroken curves, teardrop shapes and parallel lines suggesting speed. In addition to cars, trains and other things that actually moved, these design elements showed up in streamlined toasters, streamlined radios and streamlined cigarette lighters. Even the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, finished in 1930 and 1931 respectively, feature sleek, pointed peaks and dominant vertical lines from bottom to top, like great rockets ready to streak into the heavens.
Henderson, which operated for just ten years between 1921 and 1931, was one of the original ‘big three’ US bike manufacturers, along with Harley Davidson and Indian.
Redditor and colorisation expert thehatersalad responds to a request from fellow Redditor f2ISO100 to fix a damaged picture of her 83 year-old grandmother – not only restoring and colourising the 60 year old photo, but also documenting the entire two and a half hour process in timelapse (deeply satisfying if you’re any class of a neat-freak.)
‘I don’t know what kind of emotion you hope to elicit with these,’ wrote a clearly stunned f2ISO100 on receipt of the restored photo, ‘but you made me catch my breath. I feel — for the first time — like I got to see her, back in time. This is so, so beautiful. Thank you so much!”