My dear readers, before I get to our story I want to get a bit personal. I love to write. I think many of you probably do too, and you realize what a difficult task it is to find the time in the day. Many of you have a full-time job, go to school, raise children and still manage to write every day and for that I commend you. I must admit, that each day that goes by where I fail to write a post, I begin to feel I am not worthy of the name “daily.”
While this blog WAS meant to be a daily, shareable tidbit it has morphed into what many blogs before me have become, a monthly attempt to force myself to do something I once loved. I won’t get into the many details of what is deterring me from writing, but I will tell you it is not for lack of great stories to share. With that said, I ask you this, please don’t go away. I may not be able to write every day anymore, but I haven’t forgotten about this project and I WILL continue to post as I can find the time.
So let’s get to the story of the day! Brazilian, Marina Amaral is a woman with some serious photoshop skills (if photoshop envy is a thing, I have it in droves). Driven by her love of history Amaral takes famous photos from the past and reimagines them in full-color. While Amaral’s particular talent isn’t new, many people seem to be doing something similar, I was drawn to her photographs for two reasons; first, she has a delicate touch and has managed to be incredibly accurate in her choice of color, even extensively researching what a historical figure was wearing before ever taking a stab at the color. Second, the powerful photographs she chooses are not necessarily very famous, or instantly recognizable, instead she seems to choose what photographs to colorize based on how the power of the change will hit you.
These photographs are not meant to be beautiful, or pretty as Amaral puts it “color has the power to bring the life back to the most important moments,” and that is the goal here, moving the viewer to remember that history shouldn’t just be relegated to our memories in black & white.
Take a look at the difference in this photo from a concentration camp in Germany.
Another photograph from World War II clearly illustrates how the edition of color can more deeply connect you with history.
A few more of Marina Amaral’s stunning colorized photos…Keeping in mind these photos were taken from around 1914 to 1963 you will notice the color makes them feel as if they just occurred. History certainly has a way of repeating itself….
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