As a history lover, there is something magical about seeing old photos sharpened and colorized. While the originals should of course be shown and preserved, these touches can make older footage for intimate and relatable to modern audiences. I decided to look at a few colorized photos of one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. If you want to frame any photos of Liincoln, or anyone else, you can order a Custom Frame.
First, a classic portrait of Lincoln. The original was taken towards the end of his life, but Lincoln still cuts a powerful figure. Since this is a photo of Lincoln sitting in the same way he might for a painted portrait, it is a particularly interesting to compare.
This photo, however, is more striking to my eye. Something like this, the President out in the field, is not something you would have seen a classic painting of. Not something done in real time, anyway. Seeing Lincoln like this, actually out doing something, makes me see him in a different light. Also, the other people in this photo are Allan Pinkerton and General McClellan.
To wrap it up, this photo isn’t of Lincoln at all. Walt Whitman was a contemporary of Lincoln. One of his best known poems, and a personal favorite of mine was written about Lincoln- O Captain My Captain. As such, it seemed fitting to include him. If you’re feeling inspired, maybe a multi-opening mat could help scratch your creative itch.