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Restoring Treasured Memories..

Last week Susan came into the studio to ask if we could do anything with a treasured photograph of her children from when they were little, she had had the portrait taken of them and at the time had only been able to afford to purchase one framed print which had had to go to her in-laws where it had hung in pride of place on the wall for over 30 years. 

Susan had at last got the photograph back to hang up in her home but unfortunately the grandparents were smokers and over time the image, which was not under glass had become stained yellow and was also badly marked.  

As you can see, there was quite a lot of colour work to do, removal of the staining and the marks and splatters, all in it took me about 4 hours to restore whilst retaining the detail, all the work was worth it to see the tears of happiness when she came to see the finished thing.  

As a mum, Susan's story really resonated with me and I enjoyed the challenge of doing something quite different from my usual work.

Sarah

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Berwick Heritage Open Days, Fascinating Open Houses Throughout Northumberland

Today I had a portrait photo shoot of a family staying at The Anchorage Guest House in Woolmarket, Berwick where we took some shots on the lovely sweeping staircase and in the kitchen before heading out along the street to the Elizabethan Walls.

After that shoot I took a little trot along to one of the Heritage Open Days held in Berwick, this one was the rather eerie but fine townhouse 44 Ravensdowne, up until recently believe it or not this was an occupied home, I don't think the home owners enjoyed housekeeping too much as you will see from the decades worth of cobwebs on the windows!  The back garden contains evidence of the west wall of the 1550's Edward VI citadel, which was built to replace the castle.  However, the house didn't disappoint, magnificent original features and tons of interesting things to photograph, a bit different to my usual interior photographs!  Good luck to the new owners, I'm sure it will be a beautiful re-development.  Here is the info and website link from Heritage Open Days Northumberland..

"A must visit. This is probably the only time this property will be open to the public. This fine early Victorian town house has been largely untouched for the last 80 years. It boasts most of its original interior architectural details. Later alterations include Art Nouveau panelling in the stairwell and wallpaper, albeit very faded, dating to the 1930s. The back garden contains evidence of the west wall of the Edward VI citadel and a mysterious carved stone has been discovered, possibly from a former Jacobean palace that stood on the site, built into a doorway!"

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/HOD012916E/

After I'd finished looking around the house I decided to visit The Penny Lodging House in Eastern Lane, also a really interesting place to be nosey, here is the info on that one too - worth a visit, fascinating!

"The Penny Lodging House is a semi-derelict Georgian building that has a rich and varied history. Built possibly as a fashionable home in the late 18th century, it was used as a penny lodging house in the early and mid 19th century, before becoming a storage premises for shops on Marygate - a use that preserved the interiors from modernisation and formed the eerie, desolate space that you see today. The building is occasionally used for site-specific performance by The Maltings Theatre."

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/HOD012915E

Our New Office, Shore Gate

Fantastic News!!!  I've just picked up the keys to our new office on Berwick Quayside.  It's a beautiful landmark building with ample parking on the doorstep in a brilliant location for photo shoots... Watch this space for photographs of the new locations...

I've also sourced a few, interesting old photographs from when the area was a ship yard, my grandpa, Cyril used to work there in the 70's see if you can spot him on the group photo 3rd from the left hiding at the back.