User:Adam Cuerden

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I do image restoration, taking an old image with flaws that make it unusable, and carefully fixing it back into a useful image. For example:
SMS Arcona NH 65764 - Original.jpg
SMS Arcona NH 65764 - Restoration.jpg
Utopia Limited Poster - Original.tif Utopia Limited Poster.jpg
Joseph Ferdinand Keppler - The Pirate Publisher - Puck Magazine - Original LoC scan.tif
Joseph Ferdinand Keppler - The Pirate Publisher - Puck Magazine - Restoration by Adam Cuerden.jpg
Hazel MacKaye and dog by Harris & Ewing - Original.tiff
Hazel MacKaye and dog by Harris & Ewing.jpg
H. M. Brock - Gilbert and Sullivan - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Ruddigore revival 1921 - original.jpg
H. M. Brock - Gilbert and Sullivan - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Ruddigore revival 1921.jpg
It requires careful work and attention to detail, and a willingness to spend a few hours removing individual dust spots with the healing brush, because you care about helping to share knowledge, and this is the best way to provide illustrations of that. My 566 restorations currently make up about 7.8% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia, and you'd be surprised at just how much code I put in to keeping that as up to date as possible.

Fun fact, by the way: See those empty borders on images? They are the absolute worst, because the slightest discolouration will be incredibly visible. On some images, I've spent three times the effort on the bits no-one pays attention to... unless you don't spend that effort.

Featured pictures[edit]

In progress[edit]

Sort out commons:Category:William Byrne for which larger copies of practically every image are available.

Current nominations/Forthcoming nominations:[edit]

These are not featured pictures yet. But should be. They are either currently being voted on or will be soon. Hopefully.

Things either currently nominated, about to be nominated, or awaiting renomination[edit]

May also include things about to be nominated, but only when there's a problem at WP:FPC (or they're only nearly done, but will be done in a day or two. This is wildly optimistic in most cases, and you should really not pay attention to anything I say about scheduling.) Langston Hughes

To do[edit]
To do list
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Things I plan to do.

Sarah T. Bolton [20]


Avril de Sainte-Croix, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Rose Winslow Annie Easley


Featured pictures[edit]

Images that have gone through the featured picture process and have been recognised as amongst the best on Wikipedia.



These 30.5 restorations from the first 5 months of 2021 make up 0.421% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia. My goal for the year is 1%, which currently requires 72.4 restorations. I am currently on target to meet this goal, with a projected 1.083% (78.4) for the year. (Everything in this paragraph is automatically updated.)

Things I gave up on passing FPC in 2022[edit]

Good restorations, but not good enough source material. Check later, but...

Featured pictures from previous years[edit]


2021... was not a good year for many reasons, chief amongst them the fact that the pandemic, meant to end by Christmas 2020... failed to do so. But at least I managed a single featured picture before it all fell apart.


These 52.5 restorations from 2020 make up 0.725% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.


These 98.5 restorations from 2019 make up 1.36% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.


These 8 restorations from the last two months of 2018 make up 0.11% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia. 2018 concluded a long Wikibreak, with me only rejoining in late November, so this isn't too bad numberwise. And, hey, wrote the music to an opera as well.


2017 had a long wikibreak in it, that I never really left for long....


These 71.5 restorations from 2016 make up 1.001% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.



These 48.5 restorations from 2015 make up 0.67% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

Notable non-restorations[edit]

Images I've found for Wikipedia, which were featured, but which didn't need much or any work beyond finding them.



These 81.5 restorations from 2014 make up 1.126% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.



These 65 restorations from 2013 make up 0.898% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

Older (Highlights)[edit]

This list is not at all complete, but gives a sampling (111 images; 1.533% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia) of my pre-2013 Featured picture work.

Faces of Progress[edit]

A project, in the wake of the 2016 American election, to restore one progressive activist's photograph from at least each state of the continental United States (I have some doubts about how readily accessible images will be for Hawaii and Alaska).

  1. Alabama‎ - Alva Belmont (File:Mrs. O.H.P. (Alva) Belmont (Cropped).jpg) and Rosa Parks (File:Rosa Parks being fingerprinted...)  Done
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California - Alice Locke Park (File:Alice_Park_-_Records_of_the_National_Woman's_Party.jpg)  Done
  6. Colorado - Dr. Caroline Spencer (File:Dr. Caroline Spencer 275029v.jpg)  Done
  7. Connecticut - Lillian Ascough (File:Mrs. Lillian Ascough, chairman of the Connecticut branch of the Woman's Party.jpg)  Done
  8. Delaware - Mabel Vernon (File:Mabel_Vernon,_c._1917,_by_Edmonston,_Washington,_D.C..jpg)  Done
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia - Walter Francis White File:Walter Francis White by Clara Sipprell.jpg  Done
  11. Hawaii - Lili'uokalani (File:Liliuokalani, c. 1891.jpg)  Done
  12. Idaho
  13. Illinois
  14. Indiana - Ida Husted Harper (File:Ida Husted Harper photograph by Aime Dupont.jpg)  Done
  15. Iowa - Carrie Chapman Catt (File:Carrie_Chapman_Catt_-_National_Woman's_Party_Records.jpg)  Done
  16. Kansas - Iris Calderhead (File:Iris Calderhead.jpg)  Done
  17. Kentucky
  18. Louisiana
  19. Maine
  20. Maryland
  21. Massachusetts - Louisa May Alcott (File:Louisa May Alcott, c. 1870 - Warren's Portraits, Boston.jpg)  Done
  22. Michigan
  23. Minnesota
  24. Mississippi