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Restored and colorized photo of 1917 hipster or hobo

Whether this guy is a train hoppin’ hobo or just really cool,  he is clearly doing his own thing. This photo comes from the Harris & Ewing archive and was taken in between 1915 and 1918 in Washington D.C. . Not exactly an exciting photo, but there is some character in this photo I really wanted to bring out.

 The restoration portion of this work was pretty lengthy. Several different lighting adjustments were needed in multiple places as well as a great deal of blemish clean up. I had hoped this photo would be a bit simpler, but of course it became more complicated as it continued.The colorization portion of the photo wasn’t incredibly difficult but some of the detail work was quite complicated and relied on a lot of guesswork.

I have some incredibly detailed and complicated photos I have been working on the past month (which is why the updates have been a bit sparse) and cant wait to finish them and share them.They are definitely some of my finest work, and we should be seeing them up on the site by the end of the week. 

Below is the full size original photo from the Library of congress as well as my restoration and also full size colorization. Feel free to leave a comment or question in the comment section below.

Original Hobo photo from the Library of CongressPhoto Restoration of  1917 hipster or hoboPhoto restoration and colorization of 1917 hipster or hobo

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All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within Metacolor.org is the sole work of Wayne Degan.

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