This is not a good snapshot.
The girls seem to be dressed in their finest clothes.
The photographer has them in front of a hideous crumbling wall.
We should be looking at four smiling happy girls.
But one has her hands hiding her face and another two have their mouths open like fish out of water.
The photographer then botches the photo.
He chops off the girls feet and cuts the girl on the left in half.
I don’t like doing heavy-duty manipulation in the restoration section.
But I felt this photo was so badly composed I had to take drastic action.
I tried to give the photo some balance by tightly cropping.
I did my best to restore the little girl who was cut in half.
I clone repaired a large square of bricks and used this to repair the wall.
There was a big section of blank wall above the smaller girls.
I moved the window to the left for a more balanced look.
The faces were really hard to restore.
When I started restoring this I had no intention of coloring.
But my finished black and white version looked dull and lifeless.
I tried a few variations of sepia to no avail.
I added just a touch of color and tried not to be too heavy handed.