Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Heritage Photos

I love creating images with vintage photos.  There's just something magical about them that you don't find in contemporary photography.

A few years ago, I inherited a group of old family photos from my Grandmother, some dating back to the late 1800s.  I look through them every now and again and then I put them back in their box, but recently I've decided that they need to come out and see the light of day.  So, my scanner got a workout and then they went back into their box safe and sound.  Don't you just love technology?

In this first image, I used a photo of my Great-Grandfather (he's the one in the middle) and his siblings from the early 1900s and I placed them on one of the new Dramatic Backgrounds by Holliewood Studios.

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To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how I'm related to this woman but I love her.  She has such a great smile and looks like someone who loves adventure and doesn't care about the rules. I thought this old photochrome image from the Library of Congress fit her perfectly.  Now that I think about it, it's possible that she's one of the little girls in the image above.

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I love that I'm able to honor their memory by letting them live again in art.  I plan on creating quite a few more of these so stay tuned! :-D


  1. oh Amy, they are both magical! I love vintage images too, sometimes I try to imagine what it was like to live back then. Do you think in a hundred years someone will be doing this to our photos?

  2. These are fabulous! I had a similar idea after visiting family earlier this year. I scanned a whole bunch of my Dad's old family photos; great grandmothers, aunts etc. But when I got home I found that they've been compiled into a weird file that I can't open on my PC. I'm able to get at them using my husbands PC but it's a giant hassle I haven't yet bother with! Anyway, these came out really well!


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