Matt Loughrey's My Colorful Past project bridges "the gap between history and art", using digital techniques to add colour to monochrome images. This week he's applied his skills to this photograph by Joseph Cashman from the Cashman Collection in the RTE Photographic Archive. It shows women and children gathering outside Mountjoy Jail, Dublin, in support of the prisoners on hunger strike in 1921. A woman in the centre of the shot is holding a crucifix. To the left of the woman there is a small boy holding a candle.
Loughrey was struck by the emotions captured in the image. "Everything in this scene is the epitome of frustration, determination, family and faith," he says. "A sea of faces and only the boy holding the candle has a hint of a smile. As such a young person perhaps he was not as struck by the gravity of the time."