I don't like 'colourised' photos. Do you?

Discussion in 'Photo Restoration' started by von Poop, Sep 12, 2014.


To 'colourise' or not to 'colourise'?

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  1. Yes. I like it.

    8 vote(s)
  2. No, it is a bad thing. Stop it.

    25 vote(s)
  3. Depends. (dithering quitters tick here :whistle: )

    10 vote(s)
  4. Don't you know theres a real world out there? Why would anyone care?

    1 vote(s)
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  1. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    I debated writing a very involved response, but thought naff it. A few articles have circulated over the years suggesting that younger generations with less of a direct link to the past do respond well to colour photos of the past as it makes it real. Helps provide a swift reference for the world as they record it etc.

    Period colour photos are wonderful, colourisation (as its all fedgling guesswork by Twiddles McGee after a five min google) is a joke.

    So can it engage, it appears so. Jackson believes the former - I believe he is a proponent of the research underpinning it, and it defined his museum's interpretation of the Great War. So there is a lot to his approach in some ways.

    The biggest problem is the huge number of unscrupulous colourists who effectively anchor their business model around clickbait and are frankly guessing at what they portray, then using the wonderful phrase "I DID MY RESEARCH" to cover a multitude of basic sins and signal their worth as a RESEARCHER and dedicated HISTORIAN to their fans, as obvs ££££ is NOT an incentive. NO.

    There, I even avoided pointing out how 'new media' believes 'history is irrelevant' to 16 - 40 demographic.

    Oh... so close.

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Yesterday whilst I was at the Imperial War Museum after a slight hesitation the teacher told the school children that the Weeping Window Poppies were to celebrate the end of World War 2.

    Lets hope this is a one off otherwise black and white or colour photographs of the time wont make the slightest difference to a generation of goldfish.
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Steve I know what you mean mate
    A photo of my Mum and Dad on their wedding day August 1941 which I had coloured by a professional
  4. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron


    He would not have approved of your parents being so frivolous during wartime.

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  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Oh, if I could only share the bulk of the ghastly efforts I've collated & people send me.
    Sadly, doing so might make the originators notice my black museum & cut me off... A corner of a Facebook account that is forever 'Murdering Monochrome'.
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