Monday, September 1, 2014

My Altered View On Vintage Photograph Colorization

I had originally planned on sharing a post today on this same topic, however, it was a bit different than this post because I was more in opposition. That is until my brother, Tom, ironically forwarded me an email over the weekend containing some incredible vintage photographs that had been colorized. Thanks, Tom! And for some reason, they altered my view because these photographs were so beautifully processed.

To be honest, I have always preferred vintage photographs in their original black and white or sepia tone because it gives the images a 'times gone by' look and feel.

And that's also how I feel about old black and white movies and TV shows like, I Love Lucy.

I know Lucille Ball had red hair that was referenced to quite often in the sitcom, yet it didn’t ever bother me that I couldn’t see the red. In fact, when I looked at her hair in this colorized photograph which I found online earlier in the week and then placed it next to a black and white photograph, it seemed odd because I always saw her looking more like the Lucy Ricardo on the left.

Even to this day, I still prefer watching I Love Lucy and all my favorite old movies in black and white.

But all that aside, allow me to take you on a photographic journey into the past, where black and white meets colorization.

"Color helps to give a little bit of a glimpse into the world as it was from long ago, an opportunity to see perhaps something like what the photographer himself saw through his lens. 

Color can force us to instantly see an old photograph with a new perspective, and make it seem as if the past it portrays wasn't that long ago after all." Dana Keller

Please enjoy...

Monet, 1923

Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin, 1918

British soldiers returning from the front, 1939

Country store in Gordonton, North Carolina, 1939

Girls delivering ice, 1918

Boys buying flowers, 1908

Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on horseback, 1905.

Albert Einstein, 1921

Brooklyn Bridge, 1904

A car crash in Washington D.C., around 1921.

President Lincoln with Major General McClernand and Allan Pinkerton at Antietam in 1862.

Have a colorful Monday, y'all!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Hopeful Romantic And Five Favorite Romantic Comedies

Definition: Romantic Comedy
Romantic comedy films are films with light-hearted, humorous plot lines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles.

I have such varied taste in film genres. I like documentaries, dramas, comedies, suspense-thrillers, and even musicals. 

However, being someone who is in love with love and loves the romance of love, I consider myself a hopeful romantic. When in a relationship, I believe in keeping the romance alive. Such as, candlelight dinners, watching a sunset, dancing in the rain, and writing a love letter to your partner on the bathroom mirror with a bar of soap that says, I Love You, so that he sees it in the morning when he goes to shave. 

(and yes, I've actually done that with a bar of bath soap)

Therefore, one of my favorite film genres are romantic comedies. I couldn't possibly list all the ones I like, so I decided to narrow them down to my five favorites. And trust me, it took me all week to figure out which ones would make the top five. 

But here they are...

When Harry Met Sally (1989) - I can watch this film over and over again and it still feels as fresh as when I saw it the first time. I adore this story because it's about two people who keep meeting over an 11-year period; dislike each other; yet end up falling in love and getting married. It's got some of the best dialogue ever written (by Nora Ephron) for an American romantic comedy. It is Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal at their finest comedic selves. 

Something's Gotta Give (2003) - This film has two of my favorite actors (Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton), who are so perfectly foiled together in this story. Two people, later in life, who find true love for the first time. Hilarious, heartwarming, and beyond brilliant performances. And the finale is so touchingly romantic!

Sleepless In Seattle (1993) - A film co-written and directed by Nora Ephron, about two people who live on opposite sides of the U.S. and are brought together through destiny. And like all Ephron films, the soundtrack of this movie is such an integral part of the story because it weaves the scenes together through musical dialogue.

As Good As It Gets (1997) - Another one of Nicholsons' stellar performances. In fact, the whole cast is stellar. A story that touches on humor, forgiveness, and acceptance. This film was one of my mothers' favorites. And it's ironic because she never even liked Jack Nicholson until she saw him in this role.

Moonstruck (1987) - You don't have to even be Italian to identify with this movie. This is one of those romantic comedies that touches the heart center and funny bone of the entire planet because it's about the one thing we all have in common - AMORE. Cher is so stunningly beautiful in this film. 

So, if anyone is interested in watching a romantic comedy this weekend, I can highly recommend these films. 

I leave you with a hilariously memorable scene from When Harry Met Sally (and please watch it to the very end because there is a flawless punch line):

Have an orgasmic weekend everyone!