Thinking of the days of shooting cellulose film, whether slides or negatives, I painfully recall the one incredibly difficult challenge that always loomed was keeping them clean and free of dust, hair and other contamination. Later the concern became one of avoiding discoloration and deterioration in storage of either the film, the prints or in most cases both.
As we evolved to embrace our digital world, these chemical marvels have quickly become a thing of the past that for most of us lay deserted in a long forgotten box somewhere. We seldom, if ever bother to pull them out to view them, I think mostly because they can't be browsed as easily as their new digital counterparts on our iPhones and iPads but likely somewhat due also to the image quality of these now deteriorated gems of history. But imagine if you could enjoy them as much as the other new digital pictures in your collection.
Kind of like an "Extreme Makeover," many of these old slides, negatives and prints can be scanned and restored through digital restoration technology and saved as shiny new digital files to avoid further aging and deterioration. This is not always easy work, but like any labor of love, through patience and attention to detail I have been able to yield great results. As can be seen above, even a heavily fade, scratched and discolored image can be rejuvenated and brought back to life for many more years of enjoyment not to mention their heritage and legacy. Heck, making new prints of these restored beauties to rehang on a wall makes more sense now than when they were taken.
Please contact me if you have old images you would like to have restored and made a part of your new digital world...yep, even on your iPhone and iPad....But don't delay!!! Like most of us, those old pictures aren't getting any younger and the sooner you throw them a rope, the more breath they will have when we start CPR on them! Time is not their friend. Trust me, your family years from now will thank you for protecting their legacy.
Click here to view my gallery of some other prints and negatives demonstrating just a few of the restoration results possible.