After carefully researching the Titanic using period artwork and colour photographs of other White Star Line vessels, Roman Potapov has successfully brought the Titanic to life like never before. He became interested in the Titanic after watching the 1996 miniseries Robert Lieberman. Since then he has spent the years practicing his skills in colourisation, primarily using the the program Gimp 2.
In these first photos, Roman has coloured the Titanic at its launch on the 31st May 1911:
Here are Roman’s colourised photos showing the Titanic in dock, before setting sail:
The Titanic was lost to the sea on the night of April 14th, 1912, taking with it all evidence of life onboard. Thanks to first-class passenger Francis Browne, however, a small treasure-trove of images depicting life onboard was saved.
Browne was originally intending to sail all the way to America, but when the ship arrived at Cobh, Ireland — then called Queenstown — Browne received a note from his clerical superior, ordering him to return to his station immediately. Following orders, Browne departed at Cobh, taking with him a small camera which he used onboard to take capture a small number of photographs of the ship’s A-deck promenade, interior, and close-ups of her exterior.
Roman has added layers of colour to these images for the first time, helping us to experience the ship as its passengers and crew once did.
Built alongside the Titanic, and launched just one year earlier, the RMS Olympic is nearly identical in every way to its sister ship. Roman has colourised many photos of this beautiful ship, giving us an idea of the Titanic’s splendour, both inside and out.
Another artist who brings the Titanic to life using colour is Steve Walker. These amazing images bring the ship to life with incredible realism.