Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita, who lives and works in New York, is continuing her ongoing “Constellation” series: portraits made by winding a single UNBROKEN black thread around nails hammered into a board to create the uncanny likeness of a face. The results are remarkable.
Colorization has become increasingly popular lately, and the creators behind this new breed of updated imagery use all the technological resources of the last 20 years to strive for more than just plausibility — their aim is for historical authenticity. Image specialist Jordan J. Lloyd has achieved a way to do so that pays homage to the photo and to history.
Lloyd is a specialist at a digital image agency and his work there is something of a digital counterpart to what wax workers at Madame Tussaud’s do while making their human sculptures — he provides the nuance that creates an illusion of vitality. While anyone with a computer and the financial resources could potentially try their hand at colorization, however like most pursuits it takes someone devoted to the craft to master it, with coloring that looks natural and real:
Reality standing in front of contradiction, 1930s
Unemployed lumber worker, circa 1939
Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937
Auto wreck in Washington D.C, 1921
Kissing the war goodbye, V-J Day August 14, 1945
Albert Einstein, Nassau Point, Long Island, NY, Summer 1939
"Old Gold," country store, 1939
British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the front – England, September 20, 1939