Nowadays it is easy to transform any photograph you take on a digital device from coloured into black and white, add unusual tones or transform it to look like an old photo by making it sepia coloured. I took the photo that accompanies this blog post last winter when it was snowing. I think the telephone wires and posts are a give away proving how recent it is!
Sepia is a reddish-brown color, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia. The colour was used in the early days of photography to add a warm hue rather than have a stark black and white picture. So when you see old photographs the colouration is as it was originally printed. This natural pigment used to be added to the printing ink but over time artificial toners have been developed to replace the need.
These sepia photographs have lasted well because the ink has not faded with time. But, as the image is on paper this might not have lasted well through the years. If the photo was fixed into an album the corners might be creased, it might have been removed and so torn, it could also have lurked many years loose in a box causing all sorts of damage. If you have such a photo that you wish to restore see what we can do.
The capabilities of computers nowadays are able to make a new photo look old and conversely an old photo look new! !