Many areas of the country have experienced a large drop in air pollution, like other parts of the world, since the world’s largest lockdown impacted over 1.7 billion people. There’s one good thing coming out of this coronavirus pandemic for India, a country infamous for its dirty air, it is that its national lockdown and self-distancing measures are helping to improve the air quality and causing dramatic drops in pollution levels.
Some residents in the Indian state who are around 125 miles (over 200 kilometers) have reported that parts of the Himalayas are now visible from their area and this has been possible for the first time in 30 years. They are enjoying the majestic view.
When we look at the old photos we notice they were all black and white grind. We ever thought we wish we could see them in colors. Or old movies that are made in the 30s-50s sometimes we have that slight imagination of how they looked in layering colors.
Since photography has always been an important part of human lives. Capturing the moment was also seen as a historical moment.
It’s a strange feeling seeing them in no colors, however, this issue is solved as this artist Sébastien de Oliveira is. Sébastien uses Photoshop to color old photographs and give them more life. The people in the photos look much more realistic and the pictures become so much more inviting. colorizing old photographs.
In one of his interviews, he stated: “I began 5 years ago to colorize some images and it became unstoppable. My three passions can combine themselves in colorization: painting, photography, and history. I spend lots of time finding images that tell a story. After spending some time on WW1 and WW2 images, now I am more interested in simple street views or peaceful ‘tranche de vie (pieces of everyday life) or colorizing portraits of actors from the golden age of Hollywood. I like to get into all the details that can be found in a photo and try to give my own interpretation
Sebastien de Oliveira told for the interview why he colorizes photos and how he got into it: “At the beginning, it was my hobby, but it is becoming a big part of my activity now, I am a photo retoucher and I work for the fashion industry in Paris. I have a background in Fine Arts studies so I paint and I take photos. My other passion was history, so I found a way to combine my three passions in one.”
The artist shares his strugle with colorizing photos: “I have a method so all the different stages are under control and not really difficult by themselves but the most difficult is always to choose a color for people’s clothing, because of the immensity of choice.
He also mentioned tha his favorite are the street views from the ’40s and ’50s with rounded cars and people wearing costumes, as he thinks it is so cinematographic!
2. Anonymous, France, 1967.
3. Happy anonymous couple, 1948.
4. Ambridge Pennsylvania, 1941. Photo by John Vachon.
5. Rita Hayworth, eating on the beach, 1947.
6. Anonymous, 1946.
7. Bar at Central Park in New York by Marjory Collins, 1942.
8. Althea Gibson Winner Of The Wimbledon Championship With Her Compatriot Darlene Hard, 1957
9. Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) In 1956
10. Parisian Girls Enjoying The Fun Fair, Paris, 1935
11. Blue Island, Illinois. The Senise Family Going To The Movie, By Jack Delano, Feb 1943
12. Jacqueline Cochran, (1906-1980), 1939.
13. New York In 1942, By Marjory Collins
14. Cars And Girls, 1942
15. Rainy Day In Pittsburgh, By John Vachon, June 1941
16. Saturday Afternoon In Florence, Alabama, June 1942. By Arthur Rothstein
17. Young Actresses Having A Sun Bath For A Film Promotion During The Cannes Film Festival, 1955
18. Marilyn Monroe Resting On The Set Of The Misfits, By Eve Arnold, 1960
19. Bergman, Hemphrey Bogart And Michael Curtis On The Set Of “Casablanca” 1939