Imagery in the mind is processed by human emotion where the past remains locked within the human psyche.
Photographs to that effect, conjure up the same emotional feelings helping us to not just watch but rather feel the memories of the past. But what happens when photographs are blurred with unrealistic colors or black and white?
While black and white images are considered unique and vintage, they mask the true experience of history. This is what Artist Marina Amaral seeks to correct by adding color to amazing photographs from history.
1 “When a photo is in color, it is no longer distant. It represents something that could’ve happened yesterday.”
History cannot be experienced by all and sundry. It is through photographs that we share a bond,where the memory and the image remain etched over time. However images of war or civil unrest, images of calamity or conquest do not capture the true emotions of the moment.
You can’t visualize a battle zone in black and white. The fire that burns from devastation will always burst into plumes of different shades. Watch how artist Marina Amaral colorizes history in true depiction of not just color but color as possibly seen from witnesses of the moment. Marina’s photograph helps you visualize the real thing.
2 “Looking at photographs in black and white creates obstacles,” Says Marina!!
Marina Amoral isn’t an artist who just adds rampant color to historic photos. She researches conditions leading up to the moment in a bid to captivate the possible emotions and feelings felt by participants and witnesses alike. For Marina, adding color to photographs from history is like allowing the real story to emerge. She says, “I use color to help viewers see the past in the same way that people did when the photo was taken.”
3 To establish an emotional connection with the past, a viewer needs to feel an Image!
What Amaral hopes to achieve through her unique colorizing of photographs, is to induce a sense of proximity to the characters and the ambience of the event. She adds lifelike colors to the tapestry of war scenes exactly how they may have looked like at that particular time. Amarals photographs take a viewer upfront right there into the frame. She helps us reach out and touch history.
4 Marina Amaral’s Photographs Breathes Life into Events
The most unique feature of her photographs is that she brings alive the most obscure images which then cannot be ignored for their previous anonymity. “I hope people can appreciate my work,” she says. “I’m not trying to replace the original images. Instead, I want to offer a second perspective.”
5 Colorized Images Help a Viewer Feel the Agony and the Ecstasy Associated With History
From a conventional perspective, images of history are thrown back at us with flat imagery devoid of substance or character.Marina breaks down the stereotype of a photo as being a visual record and breathes life and soul into the images.
Through her artistic and subtle use of adding colors to photographs from history, she enables a viewer experience every event from an emotional perspective. Her photos conjure up a myriad of human emotions helping us relive the joys, the agony, the despair and the ecstasy of every momentous event of history.
6 An Image Should Recreate the Past Not Bury It into Lifeless Imagery
Amaral says that looking at photographs in black and white creates obstacles and that is especially true if we want to establish emotional connections with the past.
Marina Amoral shows us the most authentic side of the past. For the Artist, it becomes an almost personal Endeavour. Recreating the experience of history helps her envision the story and the emotions akin to a vivid personal experience. It is through such dedication that she transfers the experience to her audience.