My great-grandfather, Frank Duval, lived to be 94. He died when I was in college. I knew him better than any of my other great-grandparents. I have lots of fond memories of time spent in his home. He was such a good man. Can’t you just see that in his smile?
These first two photos came from negatives. Just like last week, the negatives are wider than my scanner could accommodate so they are cropped a bit. With the negatives were these two test prints (seen below) on very thin paper. When I saw them I felt such a connection with my great-grandmother. I knew that she painted photos with oil paints and it totally makes sense that she did other types of editing, but I have no idea how she fixed Grandpa’s hair. I know how I would fix it using photoshop, but she did this completely by hand somehow. I bet she would have been a photoshop wiz! And now that I have seen her handiwork, I feel less guilty about touching up some of her beautiful portraits to remove dust and scratches.
And here is her final version:
She was so talented!
Happy Thursday, I hope you make a fantastic photo discovery today! If not, I hope you will scan and share a special photo today. xoxo