aving been tickled rainbow by Colin Doyle’s recent colourisation of old Greystones pics, the work of Gary O’Brien caught our attention this weekend.
Not only does the man add some colour to the cheeks of those old black & whites, he’s also a sucker for this new Deep Nostalgia craze.
Wherein old portraits are morphed into moving images with a simple Frankenstein click of a mouse.
As amazing as this new technology undoubtedly is, we really can’t make up our minds about it.
The angelic Pat Mooney
Occasionally, it is magical but, more often than not, it’s all a bit Polar Express. Where everyone has the cold dead eyes of a killer.
And the complexion of Tom Waits.
Still, fair fecks to the bould Gary for transforming a bunch of archive shots here. Having moved from his native Ballyfermot to Australia 6 years ago, the recent lockdown saw the O’Brien lad turning his skills to colourisation, tackling old Irish landmarks and landscapes, his Facebook page, Prepare To Be Colorized, quickly growing from 20 people in December 2020 to over 2,600 today.
The gun-slingin’ Brendan Hayden
“I am blessed and privileged that people trust me with these beautiful pictures of their loved ones,” says Gary, “and it’s a real joy to transform such precious images for them. It can be through the colourisation or the moving portrait, and the results are often truly amazing. I just love Irish history, and being able to bring some of it back to life is a real thrill…”
You can join Gary’s Facebook group page here or get in touch directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, jump aboard our technicolour dreamboat…
Tommy Grealy & Leslie Spurling
Round that Killincarrig bend
Kilcoole Railway Station 1950s
Killincarrig’s Brendan Hayden
Master boat builder Willie Redmond
Joe Sweeney’s grandparents, Mr & Mrs Kelly
The bould Bob Mooney
Liam Byrne, before the pubs…
The Notorious Hurley Brothers
Newcastle Main Street 1955
Church Road 1950s
Delgany Main Street last Tuesday
Derek Paine by Jack Clarke, colourised by Gary O’Brien
Again, young Gary’s Facebook page is here and his email is email@example.com. Meanwhile, Colin Doyle’s colourised gallery is here, or try that Deep Nostalgia yourself here.
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