My parents recently came across this photography from my great-grandparents’ marriage in 1909. It is an interesting photo for several reasons, so I decided to try to digitize it. I ended up taking a regular photo of the old photography. That turned out to give a better result than scanning the picture (given my equipment). It also helped using some image processing to bring out more dynamics from the original photo. I have to say that the quality of the original photo was far from Awesome, but I am quite happy with the result (given that it is the 1st try). However, I am very interested in advices on how I can improve this technique.
The final resolution of the digitized image was by the way 4792×3617 pixels.
Description of the image:
The groom is Lars Knutson Heggen (1883-1964) and the bride is Johanne Olsdatter Heggen (1883-1964). Notice the traditional bridal costume the bride is wearing, and especially the bridal crown. The marriage ceremony took place December 20th 1909 in Hornindal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. However, the photo is taken during the celebration in Heggjabygda in Eid where the groom and the bride came from. They both came from the farm Heggen (Heggja), but they were not related and they came from different units (NO: bruk) – The groom from Heggen bruk 1 and the bride from Heggen bruk 5 (according to the census from 1900). This photo may be from Heggen bruk 5, because the tradition in Norway has been that the marriage celebration takes place at the bride’s place.
There are some other people in the images that it may be possible to identify. Here are their most likely position in the image:
-The groom’s father to the left of the groom: Knut Nilson Heggen (1826-1917).
-The groom’s mother to the left of Knut Nilson: Gunhild Andrine Larsdatter Aasebø (1850-1946)
-The bride’s mother to the left of the bride: Nille Marie Olsdatter Osdal (1845-1919)
-The bride’s father is not in the photo, because he had died in 1902.
Some observations with respect to what people are wearing:
-The bride’s crown and cape (mentioned above). It is probably the so-called Moapyntet. It is at least very similar – Described in the book "Brudekroner fra Nordfjord" by Bendik Os.
-People on the left-hand side of the picture are in general a bit more dressed up. It is not unlikely that the people are organized so that it is mainly the groom’s family and guests to the left (because he and his parents are standing to the left).
-The guy with the bow tie is standing out a bit. He may not to be a part of the local community. I know that they had relatives that moved to both Bergen and the US, so he may potentially be one of those.
-The man to the very right is wearing basically a traditional folk costume/bunad (the guy with knickers pants).
This photo was originally taken by J. Hellebust from Nordfjordeid, Norway. However, I am suspecting that the "J" may be an "I", because there was an Isak Hellebust that was photographer in Nordfjordeid at that time: www.sf-f.kommune.no/sff/sffarkiv3.nsf/0/8f68625cf625c339c….
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