Ambient images: Reconnect with the past by immersing yourself into the moment
Ambient Images: You all know I love nostalgia. Often spending my days scanning and restoring my clients’ treasured memories. Days spent painstakingly removing the ravages of time or accidental damage to return photographs to their original, pristine condition. I don’t always stop there. Often I spend time digitally recolouring old black and white photos. When taking on such projects, I always go to great lengths to ensure historical accuracy, often seeking out old postcards and other images, written references, location-specific flora and geological details as a reference. When done well, this technique can considerably enhance the original, making it easier for the observer to relate to the image before them.
To enhance the sensory experience even further, I have begun, on this personal project, adding subtle sound and video effects to some previously restored and intricately colourised photographs. I call these new creations “ambient images.” The use of intriguing stereo soundscapes and subtle pan and zoom effects draws you in, transporting you through time and space and immersing you for a few magical moments in an audible and visual tapestry. Nostalgia at its finest! Check out some examples below…
Beach – – An Ambient Image – Colourised black and white image with a soundscape
A gentle sea caresses the shoreline whilst folk enjoy a day at the beach.
Market – An Ambient Image – Colourised black and white image with a soundscape
At the banana docks, traders sell fruit whilst the steamships and horses add to the hustle and bustle.
Boating party – An Ambient Image – Colourised black and white image with a soundscape
Native birds and insects set the scene whilst the steamboat drops off a picnic party.
Embankment – An Ambient Image – Colourised black and white image with a soundscape
Two young cyclists watch a steam train rattle past over the embankment.
Swimmers – An Ambient Image – colourised black and white image with a soundscape
Young boys get a chance for a swim from an old wooden jetty.
I hope you enjoyed these and Please share if you enjoyed these Ambient Images!
If you are a Historian, Museum or Historical Society and are looking for some unique content or want to hire me to make some Ambient Images for your website please see my Special Projects page for more information.