Summer's almost gone so welcome back to the blog.
One thing from the summer I didn't really understand were the mass of objections to these Colorized photographs that appeared sometime in August. I kind of liked them in a cheap and tacky sort of way, especially the one by Bob Willoughby which seemed much less cheap and nasty than the online black and white version that you can see below.
The argument is that you are messing with original artist's intent and removing the technological context, and I can see that, but still - in an online environment, it's an interesting (sacriligious of course) visual experiment. And by putting it online in the first place, you are also messing etc etc.
The same kind of experiment was done very well in Hitler's Rise: The Colour Films, a two part series showing Hitler's rise through colorized film. It brought things closer and made them much more contemporary, which is quite an unusual thing in a world that is adept at distancing things and making them seem more distant.
My favourite part was revisiting these pictures by Heinrich Hoffman of Hitler rehearsing his hate moves in 1927, a precursor to Hitler's histrionic speeches..
What does it all mean? I haven't a clue.