We have spoken before of the magic that Richard Haines at PhotographsForever can achieve with his advanced techniques for refurbishing old or damaged pictures. This week shows a cracking example of what can be done: my brother’s graduation photograph was terribly faded and damaged, and the frame had fallen off my mother’s mantelpiece one too many times. It was urgently in need of an upgrade.
Richard very kindly did the photographic honours, restoring the original colours beautifully, and ‘disappearing’ the scratches and damage to the finish on the picture. The results, I think, are remarkable.
The addition of a clean new mount, using Sienna Black Core mount board, offsets both photograph and frame well. Black core board always works remarkably well with photographs, hence its use here. I decided against an oval mount (as shown in the original photograph), although we can do those here. I felt the rectangular look suited both frame and subject better.
The frame itself was dingy and falling apart, so by dint of some judicious gluing and underpinning (by Tim) and a bit of elbow grease and a jolly silver-cleaning wheeze which I used, the frame has come up a treat. (The wheeze is: Don’t faff with rubbing at intricate silver – take an old, softened electric toothbrush and let it do the work…it’s marvellous!).
So, my mum and dad now have a shiny and smart graduation picture of my brother to show off again. Job done…