Photograph view of the Melaka River, Malaysia. There are a large number of boats on the river, a selection with cabins, and thatched roofs. On the left side of the river are a series of buildings, many of which are on stilts. Groups of people are seated on the right side of the riverbank.
In 1867, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900) began a journey around the world. During his voyage, Prince Alfred visited Singapore, Melaka and Penang. To commemorate his visit, the Bishop of Penang presented Prince Alfred with an album of photographs of South East Asia. The photographs vary from remarkable panoramic views of the cities to portraits of the local people.
Since the nineteenth century, photograph presentation albums have been given to royal family members as gifts for a range of reasons: to commemorate a special occasion, mark a royal visit, or as a sign of devotion and gratitude. The albums range in content, from inspiring views of cities and countries and their flora and fauna to noteworthy environmental and social projects to highlights of a photographer’s oeuvre. Presentation albums form a significant part of the Royal Collection’s photograph collection, providing an important historical and visual record and resource, and a sense of the public’s interaction with the royal family.
Based on the previous article entitled “Deep Artificial Intelligence Bringing Back your Old Memories“, the photo above has been transformed or colorized by using DeepAI. This process was done by a fully automatic approach that will generate realistic colorizations of Black & White (B&W) photos. The Artificial Intelligent (AI) approach is implemented as a feed-forward pass in a CNN (“ Convolutional Neural Network”) at test time and is trained on over a million color images as you can see below:
The original photo of Johan August Sachtler1860s transformed to Art look-a-like using DeepAI, ©2020
The current building at the Melaka River was built more than 150 years, the structure proved to be resilient to total destruction. The only building that still had a semblance of being a building on the south bank of Melaka River, appeared that the walls had survived intact. It is located in (from right) Malaysia-China Friendship Square (Dataran Persahabatan Malaysia China), Duo Yun Xuan Art Gallery, and Hard Rock Cafe. Formerly, this building used to be the High School Old Boys Association (MHSOBA) which is located at 42A, First Cross Street as shown in the photo below. MHSOBA Club was there between 1924-1942. The building belonged to Tan Jiak Choo (1871-1939), one of the patrons of the association.
This photo was taken sometime early 1930’s and used by Cunard and Whitestar shipping to promote world tourism from 1930 to 1936 (photo credit to LH Lim). The photo on the right was colorized using DeepAI.