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Black and white wartime photos transformed into ghostly fantasies
Updated 11th November 2016
Jane Long Costică Acsinte 1
Black and white wartime photos transformed into ghostly fantasies
Australian photographer and artist Jane Long often threads elements of fantasy into her works. But her latest series takes surrealism to a whole new level.
The series, "Dancing with Costica," reinterprets a collection of black and white images by famed Romanian war photographer, Costică Acsinte, whose photos Long stumbled upon in a Flickr archive.
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A man's face appears in a haze of drapery next to Will Thomas, a medium from Wales in the early 20th century. The photo was taken by William Hope, a paranormal investigator who was popular for his spirit photography in England. His photos of supposed ghosts were later proved to be fake -- the result of double- and triple-exposure techniques -- but he continued the practice until his death in 1933. Credit: William Hope/SSPL/Getty Images
Fascinated by the nameless subjects portrayed in his images, Long reimagines the photos by adding her own, colorful touches using software such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Long elaborates on her creative process in the gallery above, where the original and edited images appear side by side.
Check out the gallery above for a closer look at the series.
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