Hello, welcome to my website and blog. My name is Val Erde and I’m a U.K. based artist with an interest in most things vintage. While I’ve used watercolour and ink most of my life, in 2003 I bought my first graphics program and taught myself to colour photos. To start with, I just coloured my own family photos (of which I have a huge number), then a few years ago I started colouring other people’s photos, at their request. Much later, really only about ten years ago, I got ‘serious’ about this art. (Yep, I know… !) I’ve taken some breaks since then as my health isn’t great, but I’m back now.
People often ask me if I dislike monochrome photos. Not at all, I love them! I’ve been collecting black & white, also sepia, photos and postcards since my early twenties and have quite a number. But something magical happens to a monochrome photo when colour is added: it gives it a sense of depth, of presence. It helps connect us to memories that time has taken from us, particularly as we age. Unless we had visual perception problems, everything we experienced when those photos were taken was originally in colour because they were real events, happening in real time, in a real world. And our souvenirs of the time? They’re in black and white. Just an approximation of the actual event.
And then there are photographs from before we were born… again, what I am doing with those is adding the magic of something familiar to them.
If you have a photo or photos you’d like me to colour, please let me know, but before you do, please open and read or download the PDF file you can access by clicking the link below. (If you right-click on it you can choose to open it in a separate tab or window which will make returning here easier):
If after reading it, you have any further questions, ask me via my contact form. Thanks.
Oh and if you want to know a bit more about how I got started – read my first post.