This is absolutely fascinating. Somehow black and white film doesn’t seem quite ‘real’ but when you see images from the past in colour, it’s like a little piece of time travel. In 1927 Claude Friese-Greene shot some of the first-ever color film footage around London. He captured everyday life in the city with a technique innovated by his father, called Biocolour.
The plight of Detroit has been well documented. Over the past 50 years the Motor City’s population and industry have plummeted resulting in a city falling into decay. Detroiturbex is a website created to “raise awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit faces” through a series of photographs of abandoned civic institutions, parks and neighbourhoods.
In the new series Cass Tech – Now and Then brings those ghosts to the fore by superimposing old photographs taken in the deserted Lewis Cass Technical High School onto shots of their current condition. Though well worn, the collage technique fits well these eerie scenes of basketball games and dances in dilapidated gymnasiums. A moving showcase of a city’s sad decay.
Rare insight into WW2 photography before, during and after D-Day in 1944. Seeing these iconic images in colour somehow makes them seem all the more real compared to the usual black and white stills we are so used to seeing…. Absolutely fascinating. With the way we have so many means to take photos in the modern age, these photos have an ‘Instagram’ feel about them which we are now so used to seeing everywhere. Perhaps thats what makes these colour images from 68 years ago seem so fresh.
These photos were taken by LIFE Photographer Frank Scherschel who was a serving soldier at the time. Described as so:
In color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFE’s Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English towns; the French countryside, implausibly lush after the spectral landscape of the beachheads; the reception GIs enjoyed en route to the capital; the jubilant liberation of Paris itself. As presented here, in masterfully restored color, Scherschel’s pictures feel at-once profoundly familiar and somehow utterly, vividly new.
I have a shiny DSLR camera which I won in a competition (true story!) I occasionally take it off the auto function but in all honesty it scares me a little. I really want to learn how to use the beast properly so useful resources like this are excellent…
Whenever I’m in an aeroplane I love it when you have a clear day for the majority of your route. To see the world from above is fascinating as even some of the most urban areas have an element of peace and beauty about them. I have taken some nice shots from the air in my time, but some of these shots from upon high are amazing…
I am now going to trawl through my Flickr account soon and see if I can compare! 🙂