Faded Memory by PhoenixArt

No, nothing terrible. This is our youngest daughter at our backyard gate. I loved this photo as soon as I took it because I knew that in years to come I’ll look at this little slice of real life and smile… maybe the tears might even start to well. It’s one of those everyday little moments that fade into the vast abyss of forgotten memories in the blinking of an eye. But it’s scenes like this that I love to preserve… the normality, the comfortable feel that we become accustomed to but never really appreciate until it’s gone.
I don’t think you’ve seen the last of this photo yet…
This version was inspired by some very old photos that I loved as a child. They were lightly coloured black and white photos that my Granny owned… I always thought of them as lost little pieces of time and I could stare at them for hours on end, imagining the daily lives of those within.
I wanted to not only selectively colour this shot, but I wanted the colouring to be at varying degrees of… well… faded-ness. I loved the blue of her shirt and shorts, and wanted that to be the focal colour. Colouring her legs took away from that blue dominance, but I definitely wanted more colour in the shot. I gave the fence only a very slight amount of colour, and I think it balances the shot well.
I hope you like this as much as I do.

Featured in
Pagan Ways – 24 Mar 2010

Top Ten in
Selective Colour group’s ‘July Avitar Challenge’ – 5 July 2010



  • Dudtrish
    Dudtrishabout 5 years ago

    Ah Tina!
    I not know which I prefer… this or the ?first? version you put up a while back!
    The packing crates have made a wonderful fence, and your daughter looks great in this version!
    Thanks for showing it to us!
    Love Trish xxx

  • Thanks Trish. I like this one, I think… but I don’t think I’m finished with it just yet. I’ve got some more ideas..
    Thanks for looking at it… and for your lovely comment :o)

    – PhoenixArt

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture definately a cherished memory in the years to come. Your editing works is excellent and the selective coloring works beautifully!!

  • Thanks so much Greta. I’m so glad you like this… but you’re making me blush. ;o)

    – PhoenixArt

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks Chris :o)

    – PhoenixArt

  • leunig
    leunigabout 5 years ago

  • Oh, how cool. Thanks for the honour. :o)

    – PhoenixArt

  • Ozcloggie
    Ozcloggieabout 5 years ago

    I understand your feelings about this capture! I hope that technology preserves the memories.

  • Thanks Oz. I appreciate your comment. :o)

    – PhoenixArt

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