New technologies have now enabled people to recolor older family pictures at home! How amazing! Being able to see ancestors in color! However, there are pros and cons to coloring vintage photographs. As amazing as I think it is to "breathe" new life into older and black and white pictures, I can see a lot of problems with this too.
First, let's look at the programs. There are a lot of them. Recolored is a fairly inexpensive program that claims to easily allow the user to recolor older photographs. There are also Photoshop tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions on recoloring. There are even apps like ReColor that allow the user to choose the colors they want to use when recoloring a picture.
And it is in the choosing the colors for the recoloring that my main problem comes to light: you (the user) have to choose the color. That means that the colors of the picture become your interpretation of the figure. For me, this is too much of a burden. How do I know the color of the clothes or of the hair and eyes? This recoloring would then allow for a different interpretation of an ancestor. As much as I would LOVE to participate in something like this, and be able to look upon the faces of my forefathers in color, I don't much like the thought that I would be instilling my own interpretation into the faces of the past. I think that it might be better to leave these pictures the way that they are.
I love family history and the various ways that it can be approached by researchers! I hope that this blog is interesting and inspiring!