In her series ‘Dancing with Costica’, Australian artist Jane Long revives vintage photographs by transporting the people inside them to fantastical worlds of colour and surrealism.
Using the World War I photos by Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte, Long restored and digitally manipulated them to create entirely new stories of people long forgotten. Most, if not all, the images contain touches of fantasy, depicting the subjects among giant flowers, underwater weddings, and pristine landscapes.
‘I wanted to change the context of the images’, explained Long. ‘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’.
And though some have deemed the manipulation as disrespectful the people in the photos, Long states that she ‘…wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding colour completely changes our perception of images’.
You can find out more about Long and her works here.
Via My Modern Met