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 turns his attention to another photo from the RTE Photographic Archive's Cashman Collection. The image was taken in 1920 during the War of Independence, and shows two British soldiers standing in the River Dodder in Dublin after recovering an ammunition store in 1920.
Loughrey appreciated the challenge of this aquatic image. "In the artistic sense I really enjoy working on outdoor scenes that take in landscape and waterscape," he says. They are intricate and test skills. What struck me with this scene is how polarizing it is compared to mucking about in streams and shallows as a youngster. Same waters and different reasons to be in them. I wonder did that cross Cashman's mind at the time?"