Great-Grandfather's Estate

This photo was nearly destroyed in certain sections.  I had to rebuild eyes, faces, replace walls and clothing.  I'm a complete novice with Photoshop, so I don't know if I did this efficiently or could have saved a load of time by taking a course (or reading a book!).

This is my great-grandfather's estate in Russia.  On the estate was the village school.  My grandfather is on the right, above the teacher's left shoulder.  This is one of two photos we have of my grandfather as a very young child.  I only knew him as (what I perceived as a child) an old man - which he was. By the time I was 10 years old, he was over 80.

The gene pool represented here is typical of Mennonites in Russia.  I can see facial similarities between many of these children and students I have taught.  In fact, the young girl in the middle (with the plaid dress - third row from the top) looks as if she could be the sister of a friend of mine.


J. Evan Kreider said...

I'm wondering which eyes were Photoshopped. Some in the front row look like candidates, but only when really enlarged . . . and I could be very, very mistaken.

The latest issue of "B&W", Black and White Magazine for Collectors of Fine Photography, reminds us that this type of photographic work is essential for collectors, though museums want originals and pay for them. And, all photographers 'retouch' or edit their work somehow.

NENSA MOON said...

You're so lucky to have a pic of your grandpa when he's been a little... I never see how my grandma or grandpa looked like when they're young...until they all gone...

very interesting picture!
I love it!