Saturday, 12 November 2011

Our Dad

I'm still finding gems among the pictures my brother took way back when. Many of them need painstaking touching up, due to various hazzards of travelling to the other side of the world at some point in their existence. So when I found this portrait today, I sorted its annoying, white dots and now here's Dad, unspotted! It's a wonderful character study, and I couldn't resist offering it up for Sepia Saturday, without more ado, as the 'hundreds' (?) of tiny blemishes I removed make it a fitting tribute to their 100th post!

33 comments:

tony said...

What A Handsome Strong Looking Man!

jabblog said...

It's amazing what can be done with photographs and very pleasing when they're treasured, irreplaceable mementoes.

Anvilcloud said...

You did well with it. By the glasses, I am guessing sixties or early seventies?

Unknown said...

Very creative Jinksy, of course. I would give anything for a photo like that of my father. He was only in my life a few short years. Alcohol, just a destroyer of life.
QMM

ds said...

What a face! I would love to know his story...
Removing all those "dots" was a labor of love.

NitWit1 said...

Very handsome Father, and I marvel at your patience in touch up. i used to do that before the marvels of computer programs. For a person very short in the virtue of patience, I never perfected the "by hand" technique.

Kristin said...

I hope Jinlsy used a computer to remove all those dots and bring out your dad, un-dotted. Good job.

Little Nell said...

As you say a good character study. Well done on de-spotting him!

mary said...

He looks like a man that looks on the bright side of life.

Susannah said...

What a great photo! Well done for restoring it to its former glory. :-)

Unknown said...

Wonderful photo of your Dad Jinksy, so glad you were able to de-spot him and share with us

Fran Hill said...

Yes, I was looking at the glasses, too, with those little mini lenses at the bottom for reading. So nostalgic.

Christine H. said...

Nice job of de-spotting. Such a handsome man.

Tattered and Lost said...

He looks very much like an RAF pilot who was a family friend.

Nice photo.

North County Film Club said...

I love all the different interpretations for the 100 theme but yours wins the prize. 100 spots removed from your dad's photo. Very clever indeed.
Nancy javier

Doctor FTSE said...

Excellent unspotting, and what an impressive portrait of your Dad.

Bob Scotney said...

The glasses date it - I had a pair like that in the 1970s. I didn't look as good in them as your Dad - less hair for a start.

Alan Burnett said...

Lovely picture : it is the kind of face I think I know. I suspect he was the kind of person I would have liked to have known. Thank you so much for being such a firm supporter of Sepia Saturday, it has always been a joy to read your posts.

Maggie May said...

He looked a really nice guy with a *comfortable* face.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Anonymous said...

Well done on your photo restoration - your Dad looks like a very kindly man. Jo

North County Film Club said...

Quite a handsome man, spotted or unspotted!
Barbara

Nana Jo said...

Well polished! He looks like a man with warmth and humour.

Susan Scheid said...

So, here I am to say, officially, how much I love this photo of your Dad. Now, we not only have seen the wonderful art, but we see the artist! I look forward to more from your treasure trove, though I know it's a big job you've got there scanning in slides. (I've not even attempted it with mine!)

PS: Computer problem still not solved, but I have taken the drastic step of borrowing a laptop until my tech helper can (hopefully) figure this out tomorrow--imagine not being able to get into blogger to write posts and log on to make comments on blogs of other folks!

Nancy said...

Jinksy, I don't think you should do this to us. I don't think you should post a marvelous photo of a man you knew so well and not tell us about him! I want to know what his personality was like, what he did for a living, what was happening when this photo was taken.... Is this man the artist whose work you've posted in the past? (Or am I thinking of another Sepia Saturdayite?)

Jinksy said...

Nancy - I'll see what I can do when I'm not so germ ridden! lol. :)

Bruno Laliberté said...

Nice restoration!!
Good for you!!
:)~
HUGZ

Carolina said...

Well done on the restoration job. Great photo. I love portraits like this one. Not posed. Great glasses too. Could be a recent photo, since glasses similar to those are back in fashion again. At least I hope so, because I bought a couple last Saturday ;-)

Nancy said...

Jinksy, take care and get better.

You left a comment on my post.... I think a post focused on your father would be great. As bloggers (or, as a genealogy blogger) we often do several posts about one person, not all in succession and not necessarily in chronological order of a person's life. Readers aren't always consistent in reading every post. That said, I realized I've probably missed several posts about your father. But, it would be fun to see a brief "biography" of your dad with his photo and some of his drawings and some anecdotal information that enlightens us about his personality. He looks like such an interesting man.

Take care of yourself and get better.

Susie Clevenger said...

Photoshop is such a wonderful blessing for restoring old photographs...You did wonderful work on your father's photo.

Brett Payne said...

A wonderful portrait, thank you. However, like Nancy, I'm waiting for the story to go with it.

Unknown said...

Fantastic restoration! Well worth the effort to restore. I love these candid shots. I can't help but wonder what he was looking at.

Jinksy said...

It was probably one of his granddaughters, Liz...

Sandi McBride said...

I've been doing the same, going over pictures of family from so many years ago...it's a job but one done with love...
Sandi