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
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!