With ANZAC Day approaching, I took some time to reflect on those brave men and women who fought in Great War. To pay homage to those that served I selected an image from the National Library's photograph collection to colourise. I tried to match the coiours, as closely as possible, to images of surviving uniforms from the time. I also repaired some damage to the upper lefthand corner of the photo and removed the photograher's initials and cleaned up some dust and scratches. All up, it took around two hours to complete.
While I worked, I wondered about these two men. Did they come home? Might this have been the last photograph ever taken of them? Though we may never know their names, a single photograph has kept their memory alive and by giving it colour, perhaps we can keep that memory alive longer still.
Photograph taken in May 1917 by Henry Armytage Sanders of two New Zealand soldiers in a trench wall in the Messines Sector during World War I. Image sourced from glass negative - Alexander Turnbull Library.