Separated by nearly a century of time and half a world apart, Australian artist Jane Long has re-imagined the vintage portraits of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte in a highly fantastic fashion. A war photographer and pilot during the First World War, Acsinte opened a studio in Slobozia where he created thousands of glass plate photographs. Those images are now being digitized and added to the Flickr Commons, where Long found them and gave them new life.[see_also]
Long’s work is highly creative, imagining entirely new scenarios for the people in each portrait. Colorful vistas take the place of Acsinte’s simple studio backdrop, and magical touches abound. Who were these people and what was their life story? That mystery only adds to the mystique of each image. See more of Jane Long’s work on her personal website, and tutorials on her image manipulation techniques here. Support the preservation of Costică Acsinte’s work here.