Les Isolants Masquelier [en couleur] by Baina Masquelier

Les Isolants Masquelier [en couleur] by 

Les Isolants Masquelier [en couleur] (version 6)

No one knows what the true colours were, but green inspired me for the building façade. As for the men’s clothes, I tried to keep them as neutral as possible since there were not many colours to choose from in those days. Photographer unknown.

Many days… and weeks went by… working on this image, section by section, using CS2. I had to challenge myself to colourise it and, in the end, offered my father a canvas print of version 5. This version 6 has a few more ‘touch ups’. You know what it’s like, I’ll just do… “a LITTLE bit more”…. and then I promise to stop!

A big THANK YOU to the members of the family who dug up their archives and shared their image.

Thank you for visiting.

Click here to see the original postcard and for more information

Click here to see the retouched sepia and description

Click here to see Lucien et Marguerite Masquelier en 1924 (their wedding day)

Click here to see Désiré Masquelier, the founder of “Les isolants Masquelier” with his family

I restore and colourise old family photographs and am currently assembling a genealogy book. Amphai Masquelier, my mother, shares her Japanese style paintings here. She does not have internet. Feel free to bmail me or email movemoi@gmail.com.

Thank you for respecting our copyright. All artwork and writing are copyright © Baina Masquelier.

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  • lamiel
    lamielover 3 years ago

    Great job, Baina. You certainly made this photograph pop. It’s so much sharper than the original. There’s more depth too. Appropriate colors too.

  • Thank you Miguel, I like the word ‘pop’ :-) All the work done here was by inspiration and intuition. It was a bit tricky with the colours so I am glad you found them appropriate. It’s so easy to go overboard and tip the scale the wrong way. Merci!

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    j’aime beaucoup les photos de cette époque. vraiment spécial :)

  • Merci pour votre soutient, Manon!

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 3 years ago

    sorry, I wrote in french. in english now… I said I really like pictures from that old time. it’s very special ;)

  • It’s ok, Manon, English is just as good, if not faster – I still don’t know where the accents are on the keyboard! I too love old photos :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    you have done a remarkable job Baina in bringing the photo more life and colour…interesting to see the different stages…perfect now! you have a lot of patience and determination that is to be admired!

  • Thank Linda! I find it useful to be able to refer back to various stages in the development of a piece. Thank you so much for your support :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Woepi
    Woepiover 3 years ago

    The colours look perfectly right i think. Very well done again this one.

  • oh thank you Woepi! Four eyes are better than two! I never know what my colourisation looks like to others. So glad you like it and thank you for the fave too ;-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

    Excellant work Baina!

  • Thank you for your support Steve :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 3 years ago

    I think your approach and technique of editing is excellent. When I looked at the original, I was reminded of a book that I have: Restoration and Retouching by Katrin Eismann. I don’t think you need her instruction! Pete

  • Thank you so much Peter! Coming from you… this comment is more than a compliment and I am honoured :-) Katrin Eismann… is the one whose techniques inspired me. I had bought 3 DVDs of hers about 6 years ago and am still learning! We live in a small world :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserover 3 years ago

    Love this treatment


  • Thank you Dave… quite challenging and time consuming… but I am so glad I did it. Thank you for the fave :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Your great composition and idea make this artwork so very beautiful, thank you to inspire me and friends:)
    Best regards,
    For your day; The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Robert Lord said.

  • Thank you Kornrawiee. The composition was not mine as I was not born but it was a pleasure to work with this photograph of my grandfather. I so appreciate your support :-) Thank you!

    – Baina Masquelier

  • WolfZorrito
    WolfZorritoover 3 years ago

    Great to have these old images !

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