After seeing Claire O’Neill’s article on NPR about old retouched photographs of Japanese people enjoy cherry blossoms circa 1890, I wanted to try something different. I have cherry blossom pictures, and pictures from Japan, and wouldn’t it be fun if I could edit mine in such a way as to be reminiscent of those ancient snapshots. I’m not really computer whiz (I always thought it was stupid that the word isn’t spelled wiz) and I don’t use photoshop, but rather a free editing program from Google (Picasa). Regardless I wanted to see if I could replicate the nostalgic feel of those 1890 shots.
Process: I de-saturated the photos to strip them of color, added a small vignette, and finally applied a film grain which, when lightened, helped to give me the old dated feeling of the shots on NPR. The results are, in my opinion, less than stellar, but worth a share.