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Dancing with Costică

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©Jane Long

©Jane Long

A photographer in her own right, digital artist (and Photoshopper extraordinaire) Jane Long reimagines long-forgotten vintage photos in charming ways. Originally begun as a project to improve her retouching skills, Long became entranced with the Costică Acsinte Archive whose main goal is to digitize and preserve the photographic work of Romanian WWI photographer Costică Acsinte.

Long was immediately drawn to his photos, but she wanted to give them new life. Thus was born her project, “Dancing with Costică,” wherein she manipulates Acsinte’s photographs to create a new story. The results are lovely and very satisfying. I feel like the original photo subjects would thoroughly approve of Long’s improvements.

“I wanted to change the context of the images. Photographic practices at the time meant people rarely smiled in photos but that doesn’t mean they didn’t laugh and love. I wanted to introduce that to the images.” -J. Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

©Jane Long

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©Jane Long

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

18 thoughts on “Dancing with Costică

  1. Just amazing and fascinating. I love how they are made to live again.

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  2. Ha! I shared these on FB the other day. I think that’s twice now that you’ve selected something as worth sharing at the same time as me.

    I think they are magical and surreal and wonderful. I also like the idea of giving old photos a new lease of life. I have all my family’s old photos in albums but I have a box of photos of people who are not relatives too. I can’t bear to throw them away. If I had the required skills, I would be tempted to do something creative with them.

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  3. Beautiful artwork, she has such a vivid imagination.

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  4. The ă caught my eye as a Romanian reader and speaker – nice stuff!

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  5. These are wonderful!

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  6. How delightfully fanciful (and occasionally creepy… in a deliciously mischievous way). Fun!

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  7. That was top-notch stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I think this is extraordinary and it really makes you look twice…she is a *great* photoshopper!

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