Stop that tyke in white pink!

Rob Cross tweetz:

My restored and colourised 1969 photo of a man sitting outside a furniture shop in Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar, Dublin City taken by photographer Elinor Wiltshire. Btw, the boy is three-year-old Colm Irwin and apparently he was carrying a toy gun.

Rob Cross

The Wiltshire Collection

14 thoughts on “Colour Run

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I have a lot of respect for those who can do this to old B&W photos, as they can show the scene as more real. That being said, I do love a good B&W photo: they can be so much more atmospheric.

    I am struck though at the difference between that scene and what it is like today. The architecture may be mostly unchanged, but it is so thronged with people, you would never catch such a scene any more

    1. Termagant

      You certainly wouldn’t have stock just out in the alley like that for fear of A) scumbags lifting it as soon as your back was turned or B) your public liability driving you out of business after some chancer’s stubbed toe court case

  2. Joxer

    Colour is all off… its a little bit lilac is it not? look at the arch in the background – where did the blue come from?

  3. Walter Cassidy

    ruined a perfectly good image, have you no imagination? the sky is blue and the concrete is grey. stop wrecking other peoples work for your own ego

    1. Slightly Bemused

      No, the original image is still there, untouched. If you do not like the colourised version, just don’t look at it.

      1. Walter Cassidy

        i fully understand how photoshop works, unfortunately. i had no choice to view it as i scrolled through my FB feed. the golden rule is, you don’t f#ck with other peoples work

  4. Jonboy

    I’ve never understood how these processes work. Do you just choose a palette beforehand and stick with it? How do you decide whether a grey jacket is actually grey, green, navy or red?

    1. Slightly Bemused

      There is a subreddit on this topic, and they have a good explanation somewhere there on how they choose colours. Some of it is reference (as Hoop suggests) with colour pictures of the time, some of it with reference to surviving materials from the time, and some just plain guesswork. There does seem an art to it, and once it enters the realm of art, I am lost :)

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    I don’t believe it’s possible for that scene to comprise of so many shades of purple. Best to consult

  6. Jeffrey

    I’ve seen better but its a great effort! The little boy’s legs have chromatic aberration-like around the legs, how did that even got there :D

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