Category Archives: Children

Playing at Scottish Soldiers

I have some great images showing the wonders of childhood, in the great outdoors. Not many, however, have been photographed from the child’s point of view, sensitively recording their fantasies and games. That’s why I like this one so much. Colonial times were recent in the early 1960’s and this shows the fantasy of Scottish soldiers, played out in the heat and dust of Southern Africa.

Before and after. Click for big.



Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Africa, Children, Games

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Man and Child on a Winter Hillside

Proof that ‘smiling for the camera’ is not nearly as interesting as keeping a normal expression. In this image the soft, pensive expressions fit the scene and help to draw us in. The result is a really beautiful portrait.

The original had faded badly to magentas, pinks and purples and no hint of the original colors remained, but the subject lent itself to a black and white conversion. I cleaned up a fair amount of dust and scratches and voila – we see that it is a stunning photograph.


Posted by on October 28, 2012 in Children, Country scene, Rural life

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Military Ceremony?

I’m not really sure what’s going on in this scene but I hope to find out some day. This is one of those pure gems that turns up in an obscure bag of old slides. Rich with detail and redolent of times gone by.

Purple and magenta tones drive me crazy … about 12 layers later I managed to tame them somewhat.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Children, Military, People, South Africa

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Dreams and Books

Do dreams come from books or do books come from dreams? This idyllic childhood snooze is from the late 1950’s. Can one still get patterned upholstery fabric like that?

I was a little in love with the ruined pink and yellow colors of this old slide but it didn’t shape up well when I tried to recover realistic color information so I converted it to black and white. After a series of tweaks I was more than happy with the results.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Children, Close-ups, Domestic scene

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Road Trip

A road trip in 1962. I’m fascinated by the simplicity of the times suggested by such a small amount of luggage, the plain and simple suitcases, and the happy, relaxed feel of it all.

A little color and tone correction, smoothing of the sky, adding a vignette and she’s good to go!

Before and after. Click for big.




Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Children, Old cars, People, Road trip

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Smiling Child

From a small collection of family holiday slides, comes this lovely smiling child. Its late fifties or early sixties and he can be seen snoozing with a comic book, playing games with his brothers, fishing in a dam and doing all the best things that childhood in Southern Africa somewhere has to offer.

The original, although kept in a glass mount, had deteriorated badly. The original camera and film was also not of the best quality. As the subject was so endearing, I did my best with it. Look out for more of this family.

Before and after – click for big.


Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Children, Portraits

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