I’ve Seen the Light

It has to be said that there are some very clever people out there in Blogland. One of these is Michael A. Rios and you can find him here:


Michael works magic with old photographs, breathing new life into the images and making it possible to see your ancestors far more clearly. In a way it’s like getting your first pair of glasses and being able to see the world again! I have always had an affinity with photographs of my family, especially the family members I never actually met. The photographs are mostly not mine, they have been scanned and sent to me by first, second and third cousins. I am so grateful for this,  because I seem to need to ‘see’ people before they become real to me. I offer a very special thank you to cousin Sue, who left her two biscuit tins full of family photographs with me for many weeks.

And by making the images clearer, well it just adds to the feeling of ‘family’ that I get from discovering new branches of the tree.

I’m trying to put into words the way seeing the photographs makes me feel, about the effect they have on me. I usually print them out, I like to hold them in my hand and to sit and look at them. Just like the old-fashioned way of looking at photographs. There’s no denying they look clearer on the screen of my laptop, so I also like to look at them that way. I zoom in and out, focussing on one particular aspect of the photograph.

The first photograph Michael did his magic on was the one I am currently using as my header. Here it is then

Wedding of Maud Beatrice Crocker and Arnold Carnegie Heron 1914

Wedding of Maud Beatrice Crocker and Arnold Carnegie Heron

and now

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So clearer, and crisper and especially of my great grand-aunt Charlotte (second from right, standing). Here are some other ‘before and after’ shots.

Left to right: Rose, Annie, Olive, Grace, Edie (seated)

Left to right: Rose, Annie, Olive, Grace, Edie (seated)


a bit windy 1924 Cora Dinnis (middle)

a bit windy 1924
Cora Dinnis (middle)





Gordon and Enid Queens Road, Brighton 9 April 1947

Gordon and Enid
Queens Road, Brighton
9 April 1947


You can see more here


Thank you Michael 🙂

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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2 Responses to I’ve Seen the Light

  1. Michael says:

    You’re very welcome Jackie and thank you for mentioning my blog and portfolio. 🙂

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