The other day I was visiting my sister. I knew she had a lot of my family’s old photos and I wanted to sort through them. I guess you could say that I am our family’s official historian and genealogist. Because of that, my goal was (and still is) to digitize as many of the older photographs as possible. Of course, as you likely know yourself, time isn’t always kind to old photos, and that was very apparent as I flipped through album after album. Many of the photos I discovered were in decent shape but some, like a number of the old Polaroids, definitely didn’t age well.
Once I got home, I decided to find, for whatever reason, the worst of the worst photos suffering from image degradation. As I began to restore these snapshots in time, I realized that my experience with these irreplaceable family photos was not unique. It’s likely that nearly EVERY family has old, faded photos of Great-Grandma or their own first Christmas. And that’s when I decided that it was important to share HOW to reboot photos...those captured moments we can never experience again except through the “lens” of aging emulsions and fragile pieces of paper.
Using a variety of tools from my “digital darkroom,” I began to breathe new life into memories that were fading fast...literally. Here is a sampling of some of my “worst of the worst” and the end result: