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Mound Bayou: 1939

Mound Bayou: 1939

A colorized version of this 1939 photo by Russell Lee of storefronts in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. View full size.

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Thanks, Dr. Q, for the suggestions. If I were colorizing this photo today, I'm sure I would take more careful note of the changes of brightness in those boards and would color them more realistically. This was one of the first photos I colorized and at the time was the largest, most complex job I'd done. That was over a year ago and I think I've learned a lot since then.

I see a couple of other minor colorizing mistakes but if no one notices them, I won't reveal them!

Get the Grey Out

I too enjoy the interplay of color but if I may suggest, the right half of the club (under the Coke sign) shouldn't be left in grey. Looking at the BW original, it's easier to see that several new boards (the lighter ones) have been added. Since wood doesn't come fresh in grey, I would consider shades of brown, or maybe fresh pine wood weathering to greyish tan, and maybe a tired pale green colored trim on the left building. Otherwise you've made some fun choices. Can there be an evolution of pictures shown?


Thanks so much! I'm doing this for a hobby but I'm glad to see people like my work. It's definitely encouraging. I do have some more coming in a few days.


Fredric Falcon, each of the photos you've submitted in colorized is absolutely gorgeous. You've got a real touch for subtlety and style. Keep it up!

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