Through my journey to Ypres, I’ll be doing a lot of preparation work before boarding the Eurostar. Whilst looking for contemporary images I came across a stunning colourisation by Doug Banks of the Colourise History website (http://www.colourisehistory.com/).
It is a recolourised image from the Imperial War Museum collection. The caption reads: “A Sergeant of the Lancashire Fusiliers in a flooded dugout opposite Messines near Ploegsteert Wood. January 1917”.
I would love to know how to even start doing something like this recolouring of black and white images in GIMP. The results are stunning, I’m assuming that the monochrome image forms a luminance signal and chrominance details are added on top.