For a while now, I have been working on my family tree (it is now in its second year!) and I have realised that although it is a satisfying operation to undertake, it is also rather stressful, causing many a headache of confusion and hair-pulling sessions, due to many families recycling the same name for 5 generations, and sometimes even a few times in one generation (baby born but dies young, so they name the next child with the same name)
This, however has led me to rediscover one of the most relaxing tasks I have ever come across as a designer and artist.
Photo Restoration and Retouching.
Yes, some people in my industry hate it, like nails on a chalkboard, but I have found that with the right music, and no distractions or looming deadlines, it is a very rewarding task. I have spent many a cold, rainy night at my mac, lights out and headphones on, listening to classical music (usually Beethoven or Tchaikovsky) and simply photoshopping until the wee-hours of the morning. I have restored about 100 photos for my family tree, mostly just removing the yellowed ageing that has all but ruined some photos, but with some, they have been torn, folded, water-damaged or even removing a person or object that simply ruins a photo (an arm cutting into a shot, or debris on the ground etc)
Some of my results have impressed me, however the real test will be when I eventually burn them all onto a DVD and give them to the families of the people in the photos. I think it is one job I could definitely do for a living though, I would love to go to work each day, come out more relaxed than when I went in, get a good dose of classical music and end up potentially making people very happy.
Below are some samples of my work so far.
This is a photo of my Grandma’s music class (She can be seen far right) when she was around 8 years old.
Below is a before & after of the only known photo of my Grandma’s older sister, who died at a young age.
Of course, if anyone is interested in having an old photo restored, by all means contact me via my email, or drop a comment here and I will get back to you! 😀