This is from my collection of vintage photos, and is a work still in progress. There’s still a bit left to do on it, but I thought you might like to see it at this stage. Click the image a few times to see it larger and in more detail. (You’ll eventually see the cursor become a plus sign, that means you can click to make the image full size.)
I was attracted to this photo because of the expressions on the people’s faces.The only one who looks even vaguely relaxed is the young woman near the bride.
The children… are they bored witless? Tired? Have they had an argument? Maybe they’ve been told off…. what could they have done to have deserved that?
The bride seems like her mind has wandered off the planet. Is she thinking “Oh no! What have I done?” Or that her new husband has a stray hair sticking out of his nose? Or does she just badly need a pee?
The Best Man is biting his lip. Is he trying to avoid saying something he’ll regret? Did he just stop himself from declaring his undying love for the bride? (Or the groom?)
And what of the strange fellow in the background? (Now you’ll definitely have to look at the larger version to see him.) Who is he? What is he doing? He’s certainly amused about something.
In case you’re wondering what still needs doing, amongst other things the flowers need to have more convincing colours (many are not coloured at all yet) and I need to do something with the white clothes to make them look more realistic. The stained glass of the outer window probably needs a little bit of desaturation as, in daylight, it wouldn’t look as bright. The glass behind the people is backlit and so the colours will be more saturated. I’ve not yet coloured the other young woman’s hat, or their socks or shoes, there’s also a little attention to be paid to hair and I need to vary the skin colour a bit, people aren’t usually all the same shade! There’s also a tiny bit of restoration still to do. Chances are you wouldn’t notice a lot of these things, but I do!
I’ll be showing you some more WIP (Works In Progress) in future posts, probably at earlier stages of work than this.
Tell me what you think of this photo and the people in it. Does anything strike you about them, do you ‘hear’ a story in your head about them, like I do a lot of the time? What are they saying to you?
I wish I knew where it was, who the people were, but I bought it on its own and don’t have any details about it.
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