The art of making new photos look old and amazing

People love antique things. You only have to visit one of the many antique and collectors’ fairs that are held each weekend across the state to realise this.

When I take photos, I find some scream out nostalgia.

I recently covered a vintage motorcycle club rally. Many of the motorcycles dated back to the early part of the 20th century. They were amazing and harked back to the romance of a by-gone era.

When processing these images, I knew colour wouldn’t look authentic. So, I undertook post processing where I converted some to black and white and, where the machines were really old, injected sepia tones, granularity and other effects to give an antique look. The results speak for themselves.

It was the same thing with a photograph of the Queen Mary II as it set sail from Fremantle. In colour it looked pretty good, but I could feel a sense of anticipation and excitement as passengers embarked for their journey on this beautiful liner. I knew when I took the photo that it just had to be in black and white to capture the drama and nostalgia that such a trip evokes.

Queen Mary II

The good news

I can give your photos a vintage look typical of the by-gone era. By applying a combination of techniques, digital filters and other effects, I can produce photos that really do capture an antique feel.