Personal project work
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The children of the Blitz
My mother lived in London as a child during the war. Inspired by her stories, I created a number of images using selective colouring techniques on iconic black and white images of children from the time.
The Battle of the Arnhem
When I started my first job in an artwork studio, I worked with an older man who was nearing retirement. He was an old-school photographic retoucher, paint, inks and an airbrush. One day, out of the blue, he told me he had been in the Battle of Arnhem during the war. During the four years we worked together, he taught me a great deal about retouching and the strength of the human spirit in adversity. Last year, with him in mind, I decided to start a personal project colourising a number of photographs of the men, on both sides, who took part in that ill-fated battle.