This cute couple of babes go back to the early 1950s. The dark brown backing cardboard was soaked in one of Brisbane’s notorious floods with the colour staining the photo. We also had considerable damage from the muddy water and cracking emulsion from the drying process. This one took eleven hours all up.
The girl’s face on the was almost completely obliterated by insect damage. The colour has also faded and wasn’t helped by hand colour washing being applied to the original. This fades at different rates. This one held expert’s attention for just over nine hours.
We’re often asked to repair and restore very old photos. The original of this venerable gent was lost and this bad scan the only remaining image. The ‘noise’ was horrendous and it took fifteen hours of detailed work to bring the image home.
Strangely, this wasn’t as bad as it looks. Underneath the oxidised surface, the detail was strong, needing a bit of work on the inevitable scan damage and then some gentle recolouring. Just over seven hours’ solid work had us smiling.
Don’t you love it when toddlers decides to be creative? Luckily this one was stopped before she went too crazy. Add considerable insect damage (the white patches) and we had some fun with this one. Ten hours later – better than new!
Damage to faces always present unique problems, particularly the eyes. Reconstruction work was required here, along with the blurriness of the enlargement process. And we were being closely watched for the nine hours it took.