Category: Children

Child at a Washbasin

A rare and very beautiful image. Not many parents *lovingly* photograph a child doing a domestic chore like this. The ordinariness of the scene is rich with detail too, like the old-style tiles, rounded over the edges, the boy’s hand knitted jersey, and the big china basin. People have been known to fall in love Read More

Playing at Highway Robbers

The second image of a childhood game, lovingly captured by the parents. I’m guessing a little but I think they’re playing at Highway Robbers as opposed to say, pirates. Is it always the younger brother that gets tied up? It was a challenge to get the coloring just right as everything was a variation of Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

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, Read More

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