Author: elaine

Beach on the coast of Spain

Beach on the coast of Spain

I tackled this slide because of its physical qualities but fell in love with the scene along the way. The slide is in shocking condition, faded to pink and flimsily framed, but interesting because it is a large size – 4mm square. I know this beach is in Spain because of others – labelled – Read More

Beautiful Walls

Beautiful Walls

In this post I’ve collected together four images of walls, each from different eras, cultures and places. Each building is beautiful in its own way. I also like how people feature in relation to the architecture. Plain and imposing, with art – Built 1970s* Solid and homely, with carriage lights – Built 1930s* Intricate and Read More

Deeply Inviting Door

Deeply Inviting Door

There is a delicious tension between this ancient, deep, black doorway and the group of people hanging back, almost clinging to a side wall. Ceremony has been replaced with sightseeing, and yet the door still exerts its pull. I can’t help comparing the hill to the body of a woman, the walls are her thighs Read More

Bearded Man in Ruins

Bearded Man in Ruins

Did the ancients have any idea of the great expanses of time that their works would stand? This formally attired 1970’s man muses on the passage of time as he is held within stone walls that have stood for eons. Forty-something years later those walls are likely to be unchanged (unless they happen to be Read More

Carnaby Street Coolness

Carnaby Street Coolness

Lord John was a Mod Look clothing store and then clothing chain success story in 1960’s swinging London. The owner drove around the city in his Rolls Royce and cultivated a gangster image. He was once interviewed wearing a see-through body shirt over a golden-tanned spare-tyre and said in a thick London accent “Let’s make this Read More

Creepy Fairground Reindeer

Creepy Fairground Reindeer

Fairground models and rides can be really creepy. In broad daylight with happy children, the coffers filling, ice creams dropping, and adults loafing around its a joyful picture. But just imagine how these painted papier-mâché beasts must have looked when it was deserted and lonely, in the wee dark hours, bathed in moonlight. Spooky! This was Read More

Ripley's Transparent Woman

Ripley’s Transparent Woman

On the boardwalk (note wooden planks) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 1961. Believe it or not Mr. Ripley’s strange empire is still going strong and this Atlantic City ‘Odditorium’ can still be visited today here. Before and after Read More

John O'Groats Post Office

John O’Groats Post Office

Looks cute and cottagey doesn’t it? Conjures up cobbled village streets, quaint pubs, nodding roses, fragrant heaths and such doesn’t it?! Well, I’ve just read up about the town of John O’Groats (pop. 300) on the extreme north east tip of Scotland and cute it is not. Lonely planet called it a “seedy tourist trap” Read More

Doggie welcome

Doggie welcome

Everyone who knows dogs loves the welcome one gets when arriving home, how much better than in this awe inspiring, African mountain and farm setting. Love that fresh 1960s outfit, complete with impractical white shoes. I applied a clean, painted effect and reworked the color. Before and after   Read More

Dancers in the park

Dancers in the park

A very pretty, slightly silly picture, just begging for a caption. Tell me if you think up a good one! Before and after This image started out dark and awful. I enjoyed brightening it up and applying a painterly effect.     Read More

The alpha

The alpha

I’m getting a little braver about sharing pictures of people. And who wouldn’t with such wonderful material? Like this 1970’s snapshot at a work occasion, of a classic alpha male. Even the poses of those around him seem to affirm his status. I’m sure that silver hair flowed all the way down his back! Before Read More

Baalbek temple theatre

Baalbek temple theatre

From a 1964 trip that took in the entire middle east region, comes this image from a visit to Baalbek, in Lebanon. Seen here is the temporary stage set up for the annual Baalbek Festival, with part of the ancient Roman Temple of Jupiter as a backdrop. I like the colors of the seats, yellow Read More

Spooky house

Spooky house

Unknown location, USA. This ornate, spooky guesthouse plays easily with my childlike imagination. I can almost hear the deep echoing laughter of an evil-minded host! Before and after The ruined color of the original suggested a black and white conversion which, with added misty effects, enhanced the creepy atmosphere. Read More

Romantic silhouette

Romantic silhouette

Couple at Rhodes Museum, Greece, 1964. Before and after A case of recoloring, balancing light and shadow, and shadow detail recovery.   Read More

Two hotel interiors

  Vintage interiors in vernacular photographs are a rare find. It wasn’t the culture to photograph the room you were in, unless people were the main subject. Also, cameras of old did not cope well with low light; even today’s phone cameras do a better job. So, it was lovely to come across these two, Read More

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