Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sepia Saturday 342: August 2016. Love and Marriage - Photo Art. Part 3.


While looking through the collection "Historic Glass Plate Photos from Romania", searching for wedding and marriage images, I found this piece of art which reminded me not only of the prompt this month but of the whole Sepia Saturday experience. 

We Sepians find old pictures in our collections or from other sources and tell a story about them, either with facts from our family histories if they're available or with our imaginations, if they are not. We use words to tell our stories. The Australian photographic artist, Jane Long, took old glass plate images by the Romanian war photographer Costica Ascinte and by use of Photoshop and her imagination she turned them into new images, making art out of them. She tells her stories using photoshop.

In 2013 the undamaged portion of Costica's 5000 film negatives on glass plates were digitized by the Costica Ascinte Archive to preserve them. From this collection, Long created her striking, often surreal photos. Here are two I liked and many more can be viewed on  the webpage of Jane Long.



Find more love and marriage photos and stories at Sepia Saturday.

8 comments:

  1. I love Jane Long's version of the girl and boy 'soldier' grown up in the mirror image. What a wonderful imagination & thanks for sharing the link to her other works of art.

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  2. Very striking and original artwork. Very like Alan's experiment in colorizing an old wedding photo. However Jane Long's website showed several portraits where she has changed or added hair styles. The fantasy elements were interesting but I found this change of facial character/personality a bit too much artistic licence. It seemed like a disservice to the people in the original photos.

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    1. I felt that way too when I first saw her work online a few years ago.

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  3. I saw some of Jane Long's 'converted' photographs as part of a local exhibition last year. It is amazing what she has thought of doing, but I tend to agree with Mike. Some of the original photographic subjects might not have appreciated seeing themselves transformed in this way.

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  4. Thanks for that link, Helen. I have now managed to waste (use) another hour of tonight.

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  5. I love these. A few weeks ago I posted them on the Sepia Saturday facebook page where the servicemen in a field of poppies was popular.

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    1. Yes, you led me to them. I love them too.

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  6. These are stunning! There is another artist who does "similar" work in that she manipulates photos to the point where they don't even appear real. Can't remember her name, but they have this same haunting quality.

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