Artist Manually Restores 155-Year-Old Photo Of ‘Unidentified’ Young Black Woman

We may read about it in books, but history feels like a distant world, and it’s only when figures are enlivened with detail that they become real.

Adam “A.B.” Cannon, an artist who’s been revitalizing historical photos for almost a decade, envisions people of the past as if they were in the same room as their modern-day observer. And while there are now all kinds of amazing tools that promise to do the job quickly, that personal touch is often lost in the process. Cannon’s restorations are done 100% manually, faithfully preserving details to tell a story.

His latest work is an interpretation of a black-and-white tintype of a young Black woman in a striped dress, dated back to the late 1860s. The subject, who is photographed with her hair in an updo, is accessorized in a black scarf pinned with a brooch, along with drop earrings and rings on her right hand. The woman’s identity is unknown.

Cannon brought her image back to life by accentuating her facial features and colorizing the tintype, imagining the woman’s dress to be green and white. Her restored gaze and curly hair make her feel less like a stranger. Her eyes tell a story, and you’d wish you could hear more about it.

Previous restorations shared by Cannon include a 160-year-old portrait of an elderly couple, a tintype of Confederate soldier John Pelham who died in a cavalry engagement, and photos of Union soldiers.

Source: DesignTAXI

The U Experience, a startup focused on providing university students a traditional college experience with bubble-style resort campus, moves to Boca Raton Florida (Waterstone Resort & Marina) for fall semester after local outrage from Hawaii bubble hotel plans

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Editor’s Note: On August 17, one day after this story was published, The U Experience announced it would host its program at the Waterstone Resort & Marina in Boca Raton, FL.

Last week, two Princeton alumni garnered national attention for plans to create two ‘bubble’ campuses in Hawaiʻi and Arkansas, just as the University announced that all fall instruction would be remote.

After widespread backlash from local Hawaiʻi residents, the alumni’s business idea, titled ‘The U Experience,’ will no longer come to fruition at either property.

Lane Russell ’18 and Adam Bragg ’16 started The U Experience in response to many colleges’ decisions to conduct fully virtual fall semesters. They planned to house about 150 college students, who would take classes online in a ‘bubble’ hotel, where they could “come to live out the college experience with total peace of mind,” according to the company’s website.

On the same day Russell appeared on CNN, a seven-member team of Hawaiʻi residents published a Change.org petition titled “Stop Bringing Nonresident Students to Hawaiʻi During a Pandemic,” which garnered over 11,000 signatures in just three days.

According to Lexi Figueroa, who helped write the petition, the authors also received an outpouring of support from non-residents, including University alumni, who expressed opposition to The U Experience, citing the “selfish, irresponsible, and disrespectful nature of this project.”

“We only have 340 ICU beds to service the entire population of Oʻahu,” the team behind the petition wrote to the ‘Prince.’ “A single outbreak in a The U Experience ‘bubble’ would deplete nearly half of our health resources.” In total, Oʻahu has a population of nearly one million.

On Aug. 11, the U Experience announced that it had suspended plans with Park Shore Waikīkī and Graduate Fayetteville — just four days after the Business Insider feature.

In their Aug. 11 update, The U Experience team maintained, “our goal is to disrupt education, not local communities.”

Source: Business Insider

NBA fires Houston Rockets’ photographer Bill Baptist who posted offensive meme about Kamala Harris; removed from bubble

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A photographer working in the NBA bubble at Disney World was let go by the league after he posted an offensive meme about Kamala Harris, the newly announced Democratic candidate for vice president.

Bill Baptist is a freelance photographer from Houston who has covered the Houston Rockets for a number of years and was in the bubble as an independent contractor. The meme he posted on Facebook saw a wider audience when it was shared by former Houston Comets superstar Sheryl Swoopes.

The NBA said in a statement to KPRC 2 in Houston that Baptist was no longer in the bubble.

Source: Yahoo Sports