When you think back on what life was like around the turn of the 20th century, do you picture them in black and white? It's hard not to when all we have to visualize that time in history is black-and-white photography. That's why artists have been restoring color to old photos for years, but photographer Jane Long had another idea. From her Facebook page:
The Dancing with Costică series initially came about when I decided to brush up on my retouching skills. After finding the Costică Acsinte Archive on Flickr I became fascinated with the images and their subjects. I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that I wanted to give them a story.
I will probably never know the real stories of these people but in my mind they became characters in tales of my own invention…star crossed lovers, a girl waiting for her lover to come home, boys sharing a fantasy, innocent children with a little hint of something dark.
I wanted there to be some ambiguity about the images, what is real and what is not real? Are these light characters or dark? Restoring the images is only part of the process, the rest is the dance.
The results are stunning combinations of photography and artistry. Check them out for yourself below, as they're definitely worth a few dozen looks.
Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many projects in his queue, he's looking for fun and irreverent things online to share with his friends.