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robert james
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For A While... A Different Path

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:07 PM
Apologies for not posting any new images in a while as I've been called down a different path for the in determinant future.  

Ten years ago I was visited by my Grandmother who brought with her fantastic photos of the distant past.  Upon seeing them I knew this family history could not be lost and begged her to leave them with me so I could re-photograph them, clean them up and share with the rest of our family.

Sadly, the photos sat in a plain brown manila packet for almost 10 years.

This past January I received a call from my mom with the sad news that my grandmother had passed away suddenly.  It was not totally unexpected, she was 95 and even though her mom lived to 105 my grandmother was badly afflicted by dementia and was living with my mom.  In a sad way, it was a relief to not only my mom and family, but it had to be a release for Grandma to move beyond this existence and we pray… regain her memories…. As they were so rich with LIFE.

The day I received the call from mom with the sad news, I began to work on the packet of photos she had entrusted to me.  I lovingly re-photographed each one and have been going through all of them, one at a time, and with much care, retouching all the scratches, coffee stains, faded silver dioxide, and dozens of other flaws, then trying my best to bring back the contrast and whatever else is salvageable… hoping to bring the photos back to life and share with the rest of my family.

Honestly, it has been a new challenge and I'm humbled by what little I know yet excited by what I am learning.  I want to say that "sadly" it has kept me from doing any new photo shoots… but I find that I don't really mind as I'm driven to finish the 200+ photos in this magic packet of my Grandmothers.

I felt I owed all my friends on DA an explanation of why I haven't been very active the last 6+ months.

Just below is a small example of what I'm working on.  The top half the image is the original and the bottom half is the retouched image.  What you can't see in this sample image is all the little scratches, faded areas and imperfections that take almost 2 hours to clean.  But hopefully you can see enough to tell the results of trying to restore images.

I've google searched for restoring techniques till I'm "Blue-in-the-face"  and haven't found much that was noteworthy.  If any of you have techniques or links to good techniques I'd greatly appreciate it.  Seems that in many of these old photos there just isn't a lot of detail to work with and despite what you see on TV… there are no "Magic Enhancement" programs to improve on detail that just is NOT there.

And now I realize I'm rambling so I will sign off.  

Appreciate All Of You!

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joshhumblemodel Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
Love your page - really nice imagery :)
Robert-James Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
As I have enjoyed your work!   Thanks for taking the time to comment, it IS appreciated.

joshhumblemodel Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
Well thank you and my pleasure!
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey dear friend, how nice to see you visited my page and support me with faving. Thank you so much
Take good care
Robert-James Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
My friend from across the pond.... it has been a long time since we shared messages.  Even though I am not active with any new photography the past several years, I still visit DA every day and I do enjoy your work.  It is a window into a different world than the one I live in.  I enjoy every image you share!


Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I am honoured by your warm compliments dear friend.
How I wish to see more from you...Hope to meet you on your latest submissions :D
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Thanks for watching, your work is off-the-charts good!
Robert-James Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
***Blush***....    appreciate the kind words!   glad you enjoyed it.

gfriedberg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so very much - good to 'hear' from you!
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Fell across your profile from and it looks good.
Thanks for bringing these images to my attention! 
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