Persons of World War I in Jane Long’s vision
The photographer and the artist from Australia Jane Long gives the second life to old photos of times of World War I. Her modern impressionistic works strike with the courage and brightness.
The artist Jane Long skillfully creates surrealistic compositions with application of such methods, as digital restoration of a photo (restoring), coloring of black-and-white photos and a rekompozing. All this is made in the photos made during World War I by the Romanian military photographer of Constantin Axinte. Having seen its works of Jane Long it was inspired on creation of “some Photoshop-magic” in old pictures.
“I wanted to realize them. But it is more than it, I would like to give them history”, Jane explains.
Adding color and various freakish elements for each photo, Long creates excentric merge of the past and the present. Without changing the main characters, the photographer only “replaces” them to other worlds — the worlds or drama, foolish, or on the contrary, majestic, contrasting with the character that opens simply extraordinary scope for the personality. So turned out pictures harmoniously combine historical style and elements of the modern world.
A series caused a resonance, some people assumed that similar actions it is disrespect for people whom Jane and the nobility can’t. But the photographer so expresses the position:
“I wanted that all saw these images of real people, but not simply old photo. Already addition of color completely changes our perception of images. I also changed a photo context. Even in spite of the fact that people on old photos seldom smile, it doesn’t mean that they couldn’t love or laugh. I also wanted to show it to you”.