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This job is a major retouch job. As you can see, there has been very extensive damage to this photo. Damage through the centre now obscures some of the men in that area, and this damaged area is virtually lost and beyond repair. What had to happen was that a sliver through this area had to be chopped out, (digitally of course), and three of the men on the centre were unfortunately removed from the image. Extensive repairs were done around these areas to bring back some of the people at the front. As much of the original was retained, but a few people had to be ‘duplicated’ in order to place more people in areas where people were obscured in the original damaged areas.

In fact, in this photo, is Corporal Howard Elliott. If anyone has ever seen the Combined Services Memorial at Westminster Abbey in London, the representative of the Parachute Regiment in this memorial is Corporal Howard Elliott. I was lucky enough to do digital photo restoration work on the original photograph of Howard Elliott posing for sculptor Gilbert Ledward for this part of the memorial, who designed this memorial.

Before:

Elliot in group photo before digital photo restoration
Air force in group photo before digital photo restoration

After:

Elliot in group photo after digital photo restoration
Air force in group photo after digital photo restoration