Going, Going… Gone

By |2018-01-30T14:24:46+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Nearly the end of January (how time flies by!) and time to mention number of changes have been made over the last few weeks, as part of a streamlining of my social media and online presence for 2018.

During the latter part of 2017, i decided that i was going to reduce my social media usage and concentrate on certain platforms, rather than try and cover several accounts. The decision was also influenced by an increasing weariness with social media. Twitter and Instagram accounts will be the main accounts with an increase in postings to Instagram.

The services that have been archived or deleted are:-

AudioBoom – the page has been archived but will no longer have new recordings added to it. Any new recordings will be added to the current podcast feed.

Photography Printshop – The website that was no longer required. It has been replaced with the print shop on the this website. The site was deleted.

darker-skies.com domain –  I was never completely satisfied with the domain address, so it has been removed. The Darker Skies blog now has the default WordPress address of darkerskies.wordpress.com that will be used for the foreseeable future.

Paperli – An online paper that was published everyday at 6pm UTC linked on Twitter. This paper has been deleted after quite a few years of use. In the end, the relevance of the paper seemed to have passed by and the content filters were increasing failing to adequately filter out news that was not photography related.

Preserving the Past

By |2017-03-13T11:46:50+00:00October 25th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Often i handle work were the details of the photographer have been lost to time. I’ve always liked the idea that the photo repair and copying services I offer, help preserve at least some of the vintage photography and keep the photographer’s work alive. How much of it gets destroyed or lost each year is anyone’s guess but it is probably more than we’d like to see lost forever.

The above photo is a case in point. Back in August I was contacted by a vintage photography collector who had come across 120 fragile glass negatives that he believed document people who lived in my community back in the late Victorian and early Edwardian era. The images are of a very high quality and cover a good cross section of people. It is a valuable social record of a community or family during the late 19th and early 20th century. The only problem is that the photographer is unknown and the people in the portraits remain nameless. In fact the entire collection, apart from around eight street photographs that are easily identifiable, remains a mystery.

The images are being archived to Flickr and the community website that i designed and help run is attempting to find some answers by pooling the detective work. Someone out there knows who these people are. The locations are also a factor. If we can even identify the locations where some of these images were taken, it will help in the identification.  Hopefully some answers can be found to this photographic mystery.

The Delicate Image

By |2017-03-13T11:46:50+00:00August 17th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Family albums are remarkable documents that sadly seem to dying out due to the social networks. Why keep the images in a book where the rest of the family can’t see them, when you can upload them to Facebook?

Recently i was able to look through a beautifully ornate and fascinating family album, bought to me by a client who wanted to have a number of the images copied and repaired.

It was obvious that the album was old just from looking at it, but after a bit of research i realised that the images dated form well before the first world war. The fascinating detail of what i found out can be read here.

Photographs are very delicate documents. Water, smoke and especially strong light can cause an immense amount of damage to a photograph. Sometimes that damage can be fatal, although it can be surprising how much detail remains even in the most faded photograph.

The photo restoration service extends the lifespan of an original photograph. See the old original photo as being  like a negative. The original can be placed safely away, away from the elements that would harm it, and the new one displayed for all to see.

For a list of photograph restoration, copying and retouching  services currently available, check out the links on the services page.

Images and Audio

By |2017-03-13T11:46:51+00:00March 30th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Audio often gets ignored compared to its visual media relations, but it is still a powerful and remarkably flexible tool for storytelling. In this new media world of multimedia, sound and image can compliment each other to tell stories and to document the past.

A couple of weeks ago i did a pilot recording for a local community project that is to be expanded to create an audio archive, made up of conversations and reminisces by local people living in a village community. The aim is to record and capture their memories, thoughts and feelings about village life, the local characters (many now sadly long gone) and the immense changes that have taken place over the last sixty or more years. It’s a fascinating project and one that seems to have caught a lot of people’s imagination.

The first pilot recording went well and more are planned. Other topics will include schooling and World War II. So where does photography come into the project? Well one outlet for the audio footage will probably be an audio visual presentation using edited audio and selected images to create an audio slideshow that can be shown online.

Images and audio put together to create something even stronger.

The possibilities are endless. Best of all, the internet offers the best way of distributing this content. More news on this multimedia project coming soon.

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