The reason I started the Me & My Kid(s) photo project 3 years ago is that since my mom passed in 2005, I realized how few pictures I had of her and how few I had of her with me. I can’t even say that I have 10 photos of her and me together. I didn’t want my daughter to have the same fate when she grew up.
Yet my younger brother brought me to tears one recent Christmas when he sent me some images that I had never seen. They were stored in an old album that he found as we cleared out my stepfather’s home for sale. One photo was a particular treasure. It depicted me being held by my mother, surrounded by my grandparents and other family. I couldn’t believe my luck. A photo of my mother actually holding me! I was dumbfounded.
Today I took the copy that my brother had had scanned and printed and attempted to bring back some of the richness and detail that had been lost.
Here is the original:
I worked and worked and came up with this:
Maybe I hit the contrast too much in this one. Let me try lowering it a smidgen… Here we go:
That looks good! What do you think?