Tales of Denim 14.12.2015

Colorized Denim

Colourful photos of denim fabric from the beginning of past century. Colorized by Boston-based artist Dana Keller, we may see denim dungarees worn in September 16, 1918 by two girls delivering ice and another dungarees in Washington DC, 1921.

Mister Keller is an archivist and digital colorizer – he takes old black-and-white photos and applies his digital paintbrush, giving the images a sparkle of life while transforming them into completely new works of art. As he says:

“There is an element of detachment that we have from historic black and white images. It’s as if they are only shadows from a time too long ago for any of us to remember. With our modern eyes, we are somehow disconnected from the real and vibrant world those photos are actually portraying. By adding colour to these images of history, the viewer is brought a little closer to the reality in which they were taken. Colour helps to give a little bit of a glimpse into the world as it was from long ago, an opportunity to see perhaps something like what the photographer himself saw through his lens.

Color can force us to instantly see an old photograph with a new perspective, and make it seem as if the past it portrays wasn’t that long ago after all.”

Discover more at Dana Keller Website