“It is the modern age, we are all aware of colour, why look on the past with a sepia tinged fog? lets colour it like it should be, vibrant and fun!”
All of our Homo sapien lives we have lived life in colour, up until the invention of photography, where all of a sudden it started to be recorded in black and white, or rather sepia.
What was it about the Sepia that people loved so much?
The negatives and plates and various other media that captured the images, mainly showed a grey, and black and white image. One way or another these were made into positive images and were more often than not tinted sepia!
It seemed right from the beginning of photographic time, we were doctoring our images to make them brown. Why? The yellow brown seems to lift the image from the page and warm it up giving a more pleasing look. I’ve tested this and added my own version, warming the tones and by adding a blue tint to the blacks and a warm tint to the white. This does lift the image from the page. All brown I’m not so sure about.
Question. So should we change all the old photos we restore to black and white to be authentic?
Question. Or should we colour them all to be accurate?
It’s my opinion that we should colour all the old photos as we never lived in black and white. Colouring them would require research and access to archives of artifacts, clothing and paints, traditional colours and colour pallets. It would educate many about how colourful life was and the we didn’t live in black and white. Granted there were some very dark times, where everything could have looked all brown during the industrial revolution but even there was still colour!
It is the modern age, we are all aware of colour, why look on the past with a sepia tinged fog? lets colour it like it should be, vibrant and fun!