I was looking through some of my cards and photos this evening and came across this one which I’d put aside. I’d bought it as part of a job-lot of assorted photos – can no longer remember the theme, there usually is one – but hadn’t been impressed as the girl seemed to have an odd expression on her face. Then I realised I’d not even scanned it, so I did that and as I brought it up on the screen I thought “can I at least fix that damage?”
Sometimes a photo looks remarkably different when it’s been restored. Not just the obvious improvement of mending a tear or a bit of fading, but it seems to give it… well… ‘attitude’. And as I worked on this photos, the girl’s attitude changed. I’m just not sure to what!
What do you think? I’m wondering if she might have normally worn glasses and perhaps couldn’t quite focus, or if the photographer surprised her with the moment he took the photo.
As you can see, I’ve added to the mystery by doing two version. I’ve left her clothes the same in both, but have changed the colour of the curtains. I’m not sure which I prefer, which do you like better?