One of my favourite tasks is photo restoration because in addition to being a photographer and creating photographs. I also very much enjoy other peoples photographs especially images that capture a social history. Often these photographs can sometimes (depending on there age), be the only visual record of what the subject/s looked like or the only record of a cherished event.
This uniqueness makes these photographs as priceless to the family involved as any piece of artwork in the National Portrait Gallery.
When starting a photo restoration project the first step recognise the value of the original photograph, as with all technology and techniques time moves on to bring out better ways of doing things. Once the original photograph has been scanned it should be cherished in the same way that it was when it was the only copy. Our restoration skills are are second to none but it is always a good idea to keep the original just in case techniques improve in the future and also because the original is still a valid piece of history and a relevant piece of artwork.
Our next step is to edit and repair the photograph, once this process has been finished we will send a digital copy of the old and new versions to the customer via our online gallery side. Here the customer is able to see the old version and what has changed to make the newer version. Once the client has approved the new edited version a print will be printed as part of the photo restoration service giving the customers a new replacement print of the same size as the original and also a digital version/s so that new copies can be printed or kept digitally. For more information on our photo restoration services can be found here.