Sara's Family Photographs

I gathered images of my dad and his sister, my grandmere (my dad’s mom), and my Nana & Papa (my mom’s parents). There are the original B&W versions of photographs, taken between 1935 - 1963 next to the colorized versions. I then stylized those photos in two ways, based on famous artist Monet and Warhol. All created in Runway ML.

Quick Actions used: Colorization

Models used: Monet, and AdaIN-Style Transfer using an Andy Warhol Painting of Audrey Hepburn

Nana & Papa - Sept 1955 Wisconsin
Nana & Papa - Sept 1955 Wisconsin

Papa - Sept 1955 Wisconsin
Papa - Sept 1955 Wisconsin

Dad - April 1960
Dad - April 1960

Nana & Papa - Sept 1955 Wisconsin
Nana & Papa - Sept 1955 Wisconsin

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My initial steps for this project were to take black and white photographs of my family and colorize them. This step alone was really interesting and emotional as I was seeing my loved ones in color again. 

Nana & Papa - Monet Style
Nana & Papa - Monet Style

Papa - Monet Style
Papa - Monet Style

Dad - Monet Style
Dad - Monet Style

Nana & Papa - Monet Style
Nana & Papa - Monet Style

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The second step was to stylize the photos with the look of Claude Monet paintings.

 

I was slightly worried that stylizing these images too much would ruin them in some way, and since they are photos of people I care about I didn't want that to happen. However I was really happy with how these turned out. The Monet style added another layer of interest to these images. 

Nana & Papa - Warhol Style
Nana & Papa - Warhol Style

Papa - Warhol Stye
Papa - Warhol Stye

Dad - Warhol Stye
Dad - Warhol Stye

Nana & Papa - Warhol Style
Nana & Papa - Warhol Style

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I also stylized the images with the look and feel of the artist Andy Warhol. With this style implemented, some of my grandparents' faces got lost, but it still makes for an interesting image.

Besides my dad, these are images of my grandparents who have passed away. Loading their photographs into runway models to see them colorized was an emotional moment for me. Then taking the color images and trying new and more experiential styles was equally exciting. It really warmed my heart to see my nana & papa and grandmere in a unique style.

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