Sunday, June 12, 2011

Victorian Photo Fakes

I feel as though I've been away from blogging a lot lately. It must be the summer weather! I'm out in the garden every weekend, and have been accomplishing a lot AWAY from the computer!

Our House, front

Something I did manage to do recently involves messing around with some old photos I'd taken in the past. I wanted to get them to appear to have been photographed in the Victorian era.

Our House, back

Do you think these look old? I'm a bit of a Photoshop geek, so I was able to tweak these to my liking. I took each photo, vignetted the edges, sepia toned them, blurred the focus in certain areas, and added some grungy scratches and edges.

Chair

The first and second photos above are my house. I always wondered what it looked like back in 1873, and now I kind of do! There's one of my chairs. And here's my cat, Penny! Or is it her ancester?

Penny

This is our town's historical society.

House

In order for these to appear even more like they could be from the Victorian era, I chose subject matter I knew the Victorians liked to photograph. I picked some photos that were actually old buildings, furniture, etc. To me, the photograph below looks like it could be the great Ferris Wheel from the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. But it's really the famous London Eye, built for the Millennium!

Eye

And here's a view of London from atop the Eye! Most of these buildings existed back then as well. See Big Ben?

London

One of the many old London pubs and restaurants also made a good subject for my deceit!

The Albert

As did these street shots in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle Street

Edinburgh Close

This is outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. But it could very well have looked the same over 100 years ago, with the horses and carriage.

Carriage

OK, these buildings are many centuries old! This shot could have been taken any time! This was taken in Rothenburg, Germany.

Rothenburg Street

This is Eisenbach, the little town in Germany where my great-grandma was born. Except, what's that modern car doing there?

Eisenbach

I hope you enjoyed my little exhibit of Fake Victorian Photography! It was a lot of fun to do, and you very well might see more like this in future posts!

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