Friday, September 10, 2010

Sepia Saturday - Photoshop 1917


Are you really there?

Today's sepia shot is an interesting picture from the Conciatu family album! The Mister's great grandparents, Florean and Emelia are seated. Their son, Michael is standing directly behind Florean. Michael's wife, also named Emelia, is standing directly to the left of Florean. I have not yet dated the photo, nor have I identified anyone else in the picture. Not yet. I'm working on it. Based on the dress and the youthful look of Michael I think 1917 is a fair guess.

This picture was obviously photoshopped. Looking to the right of Michael you will see a man in Edwardian dress with a cut and paste line around him. My thought - he was no longer alive when the photo was made so it is appropriate, I guess, that the cut-out line is coincidentally shaped just like a coffin. Also, the background and the floor around the people to the far left does not fit the background of the rest of the picture. I have the picture of the couple in the same exact pose that was used for this family photo add-on.

I imagine that this type of collage picture was common at the time. Once Uncle Teddy and Aunt Lydia moved to America the only way to get families together for a photo op was by cut and paste. Not to mention Uncle poor Eddy who passed on a few years back.

Speaking of America, it is Patriot's Day - a day to celebrate life and to pause to remember 9/11/2001.

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12 comments:

Joan said...

Interesting how the photo was all put together. Great clothing.

Marilyn said...

Such an interesting photo, I love the way they are posed. I didn't know that photos were altered all those years ago, didn't know that they could be.

Martin H. said...

A fascinating photograph. I can't remember anything similar on a Sepia Saturday, before.

Mary Louise said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sissy!!! I love ya more'n my luggage!!
You're the tops!

Mary

Meri said...

Think of all the work it would have taken to alter this before Photoshop. I remember a similar photo from my childhood -- a young woman in our church married a much older man, probably at least 30 years older than she was. Within a month of the birth of their third child, the husband died. There was a photo taken of the widow and children, with space left for the husband's image to be added into the family portrait. I remember thinking at the time that it was weird, but now I can see that those children (now adults) might look at the portrait and see the image of their father looking out for them.

Christine H. said...

Well, it's certainly one way to have the family all together. Very interesting that they did that back in the old days.

Nancy said...

I think one has to be very observant AND have a little background in early photographs to see what happened in this photo. It's a very beautiful photograph. The man inside the coffin shape doesn't look like he was photographed in his coffin. Do you think the coffin shape was purposeful, so people would know he had died before this photograph was taken?

Tattered and Lost said...

Ah yes, I have been asked to do this myself by people who think it's simple to just add someone to a photo never bothering to think of lighting and shadows.

These folks look like a wonderful acting troupe. Great photo.

PattyF said...

Wow! I didn't know people altered photos like this. At least they made an admirable attempt to makeeverything fit together.

Barbara and Nancy said...

Imagine- photoshop in 1917! What a great concept.
The thing I like best about the photo (except for the retouching) is the great mustaches. Each guy has one and it looks like a mustache contest. The hairdo on the lady on the left side is also pretty spectacular!

Debby said...

Wow. That's interesting. I also did not know that they did that.

Happy birthday Muse! When was it?

TICKLEBEAR said...

the origin of photoshop? fascinating!!!!!!!!!!!!!
are we to presume MICHAEL was looking for his mommy, when he took a wife by the same name? it's funny what you can find about the inner motivations of the human being...
:)~
HUGZ