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Nomates through the years

By davey_griffo
Proud grandad Billy Nomates.

How's he have kids, he's got no mates?

Big share this week. I was looking through some old photo's last weekend, & came across these, which I realised are probably about 20 years apart. It seemed like too good an opportunity to miss, so I didn't.

I seem to have managed to duplicate the daft gurn, too!! Quite by chance, I just smiled for the camera. My smile obviously hasn't changed much in the last 20 years.

I even left room for the next 20 years, & the 20 after that. One on the bench, & one on the steps.

The versions are some coloured variants, & the various shots that make this one.

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Humour and fun

Voters: VIKI, macdaniel, PeterBee and 13 more

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BarryC123 13 43 25 Ireland
15 Aug 2009 11:17AM
This is brilliant, Dave.
Simply brilliant.
redshank 12 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:22AM
Superbly done Dave,very clever, well done.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 12:07PM
Superb work, full of humour as well as technical expertise. I agree with your judgement on V2; it ought to work but doesn't quite. I suspect selective colouring succeeds when the coloured element is small.
davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
15 Aug 2009 12:41PM
Well thank you very much, all of you. I'm particularly honoured by the award, thanks Barry (cheque's in the post).

I agree, Bill, that's probably why it doesn't work. I'm so old, my baby photo's were in B&W, so it was either recolour baby me, or turn it all B&W. I'm afraid I took the easy way out, but may have another go some time.

Thanks again.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 4:10PM
I love the idea of this, and V2 does work for me, in that we as children inhabited a world that seemed to exist in b&w, and seems so remote from our adult lives.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 4:11PM
Yes, I think the full-colour version works better than the s/c. I can't criticise your colouring efforts, I haven't much of a clue how to go about it. Even when I try Match Colour I get it wrong!
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
15 Aug 2009 10:05PM
I think all of these are great and what a brilliant idea.
I agree with Moira re. V2.
Children do see things differently to adults and the implication that they use b&w to mirror their more simple approach to life is a sound one.
Praise is also due for the technical side of your work.
kitsch 15 439 4 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2009 8:26PM
what a cool.. & a little weird lol... idea Smile
nice work V1 best IMHO
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2009 1:12AM

I think that #2 could work, with young no-mates in b/w in a coloured world but that, in this particular case, the b/w-colour transition emphasizes that the various elements have been superimposed. #1 and #3 work realy well.
davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
17 Aug 2009 6:49AM
Thank you all for your comments, they're much appreciated.

Kitsch - I'm not weird, I'm gifted!!
Natzdad 12 29 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2009 7:23PM
best thing i have seen all day,hope you do get chance to fill in the rest of this shot,very nice idea and smashing work....Mick
p.s. you seem to have the same hair cut that you started with,bit like myself........
Andrew_Hurley 15 71 73 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 1:40PM
Hi Dave,

This is excellent, well thought out and executed, and I like the way you've included the additional photos to back up the process you've used. The key to photos like this is interaction with the older/younger you (in this case). Imagine Dave (1989) shaking the hand of a 2009 Dave or pouring yourself a drink etc. It's still a great picture and reminds me of when I had a dream that I met myself as a child! The first ever Billy No Mates is still your best effort and you need to ask yourself why. It's definitely the interaction between the 7 different yous that makes it work so well.

Keep these up, looking forward to seeing plenty more. We'll do our football one one day!

I saw this and thought of you:

Andrew_Hurley 15 71 73 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2009 1:48PM
Hi Dave,

I've spotted another one for you to look at:


He may be visiting your work shortly.....

davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
5 Sep 2009 3:13PM
Yeah, thanks for noticing that, Mick!! Sad

Andrew - 20 years ago I was using film, didn't even know what digital was, & certainly wouldn't have been able to afford PS. So, the idea of doing half a shaking hands or pouring me a drink shot, for when technology catches up, wouldn't even have crossed my mind.
Nice idea, but a bit impractical, don't you think? I mean, do you know what you'll be doing in 20 years time?
Andrew_Hurley 15 71 73 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2009 5:56PM

Quote:Andrew - 20 years ago I was using film, didn't even know what digital was, & certainly wouldn't have been able to afford PS. So, the idea of doing half a shaking hands or pouring me a drink shot, for when technology catches up, wouldn't even have crossed my mind.quote]

I note your comments, what I meant was if you have a picture of you with a drink in your hand (aged 20 say) it would be easy to add yourself (now, aged 45) pouring (or topping up) your drink, or even replace someone who was in the old photo with yourself. It's really a case of looking through loads of old photos (which I'm sure you have done already) and seeing where you can add yourself.

This idea was possible using film, I've tried it myself (mid 1990's) although it was very much a "Blue Peter" affair.

This is still a great effort, and very original, I just felt a bit more intereaction would improve it, if possible.


davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
6 Sep 2009 10:39AM
I haven't got an old photo I could do that with. I obviously didn't have that much forsight. Smile

Oh, nearly forgot. Many thanks to Mick for the 2nd award (your cheque's coming tooSmile).
23 Sep 2009 12:13PM
Brilliant work Dave. Great ideas and skills. Dave.

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