A Photo Restoration Story
I've mentioned before how important I believe it is to print your photos. If you haven't yet, read Why Do I Print? Digital files are volatile and can be lost so easily. There's nothing wrong with having a digital copy, but for goodness sake, print your photos! Display the ones important to you and enjoy them.
How likely is it that the photos on your laptop will be around in 100 years? For those of you who think printed photos are out of style, I really want you to think about that. Portrait art, the kind that I create for my clients, is meant to be so beautiful that you will display it in your home. Not only that, but you will pass it down to your children and they will pass it down to theirs.
Today, I'd like to talk about photo restoration. Above is a photo of my great grandmother Lotti. This photo was taken at a professional studio over a hundred years ago. I think it was about 1907 or 1908. Even though this print is looking a little rough, I still think this is a perfect example of how a professional lab can create artwork that will last a lifetime (and then some).
The original print is still in my mother's possession. Recently, she took it to a professional framer. She wanted to hang it on her wall as a reminder of our family's legacy. Unfortunately, after a hundred years, the old mounting has become brittle. This happened.
The framer was devastated that she had done this to such an old and important photograph. Mom wasn't angry with her. Because of the curve of the mounting, flattening it out for framing was practically impossible. So she went to plan b.
Bedford Camera and Video in Oklahoma City did an amazing job of scanning the damaged print, restoring the color and fixing the break. They printed out another high quality photo that mom could have framed. Here is a side-by-side with the finished product.
The new print is matted in an oval shape to mimic the original. Professional prints are usually sprayed with a protective UV coating to help prevent fading, however, the museum glass the framer used will add an extra layer of protection. It's a shame that the original print is in such poor condition now, but thanks to modern technology, we won't lose this precious heirloom. If you have questions about how to restore your family photos, feel free to contact me!