When we look at people in our old photographs we may well want to know more about them. Who are they, when was it taken, how was it taken? There are countless tomes out there that describe in detail some ways of discovering the answer. But I believe many of those books just aren’t readable. I decided to write a book based on my experiences as a speaker for Family History Societies answering the questions that I get asked and in terms that, hopefully, everyone will understand. I look at the past, present and future of family photography and how to get the most out of your photos. “The Family Detective ” is 140 pages packed with over 250 high quality illustrations plus plenty of reference guides.
Following it’s early success and reviews I decided to take it a stage further as one of the most difficult areas of family history is accurately dating old photos. Existing books on costume may well show great examples of Victorian and Edwardian costume but the reproduction of the images is such that it makes it difficult to pick out the details mentioned in the text. I decided to use my restoration skills and create new colour images from the old examples and really make the details stand out so even the amateur sleuth can see how style changed over the years and be able to apply that knowledge to their own research.
Written in clear chronological order it is easy to find how your own photographs fit into the timeline of style. “Dating by Design” will be available mid May at the special price of £15 plus P&P for advance orders.
See the page on www.photo-consult.co.uk to email and request your copies.