Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sepia Saturday 299 : 3 October 2015

If ever there was a man in need of some Wampole's Preparation it is me. Sickly, nauseous, aching, tired and bad-tempered perfectly describes my condition the morning after a late night at my local - just the kind of condition that Wampole's Preparation was designed for. A couple of spoonfuls and I am ready to face life again; ready to trawl through my boxes of old photographs, ready to put together my Sepia Saturday post. And if you too have been revived by a spoon or two of Wampole's you too can post your post on or around Saturday 3 October 2015 and link it to the list below.

There has been much debate within the splendid Sepia Saturday Facebook Group about the advantages of having more notice about forthcoming themes. I could write a book about the history of themes on Sepia Saturday - indeed I have done so and "A Short Treatise On the Development Of Verbal and Imaginary Themes Within The Context Of A Web-Based Multinational Community" is available from Amazon.com - and I recognise that there is a powerful argument for providing Sepians with an idea of what is around the next few Sepia corners. The thing which has made me reluctant to do this in the past has been little less than pure laziness, but now that my fellow administrative guru Marilyn has put together a list of theme images for the rest of the year I can do this and claim all the kudos myself. You will notice that these are theme images rather than named themes - it is up to you to search for connections in the images themselves. If you like the idea it was, of course, mine: if not, it is Marilyn's silly idea. So here is what awaits you for the rest of the year:

Now you are beginning to wish you hadn't have asked aren't you. Well don't come running to me with a headache from looking at too many theme images. Just go for an afternoon nap after drinking a glass or two of Wampole's.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Sepia Saturday 298 : 26 September 2015

Our theme image this week shows Nadine and Sylvia Szechenyi with their dogs in front of the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York. The two girls were the grand-daughters of Cornelius Vanderbilt, whose daughter, Gladys, had married the Hungarian Count Lazlo Szechenyi. The photograph - which can be found on the Estonia State Archive stream on Flickr -  was taken in 1931 and suggests themes such as girls, twos, dogs, steps and the mysterious number 18. As usual, all you have to do is to post your post and then link it to the list below.

Before you take your digital dog for a walk, why not see what is around the next lamp-post.

So there you are and as you are thinking of what to post for Sepia Saturday 298 on the 26 of September 2015, just think if you add all those numbers up, add one for luck and divide by the theme two you get the mysterious 18. Who says, Sepia Saturday isn't clever?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Sepia Saturday 297 : 18 September 2015

"Bright Monday" is the title of this rather nice photograph from the Louise and Omar Putman Collection of prints held by the Missouri State Archives and shared by them with the world via the Flickr Commons Initiative. The subject of the photograph is un-named, the location is un-noted and the shot is un-dated : but nevertheless we have a striking image, which is typical of the work of amateur photographers Louise and Omar Putman (you can learn more about their photographic collection HERE). As far as themes are concerned there is always things like washing line, pegs, laundry and the whole range of domestic duties that are so often forgotten and largely unrecorded. But you might also want to follow a different line : what makes this photograph memorable to me is the composition - this is photography as art. What ever you decide to go with just post your posts on or around Saturday 18th September 2015 and link them to the list below.

Whilst your washing is drying you might want to cast a glance at what is around the sepia corner.

And here is your first sight at the theme image for Sepia Saturday 300. You will notice there are no prompt suggestions, we are leaving this entirely up to you - but more about that soon.

So whilst that gentle warm breeze slowly series your washing, why not settle down to a well-deserved cup of tea and plan your contribution to Sepia Saturday 297.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Sepia Saturday 296 : 12 September 2015

By now we will all be aware that Sepia Saturday 300 is fast approaching: and what do you need for a 300th birthday party but a good few bottles of wine? So I thought I would give a little free publicity to the Californian winery of H. Boettcher in the hope that - in way of a little thank you - they might care to sponsor our 300th birthday party and send us a crate or two of wine (just send them to: Alan Burnett, Sepia Towers, Huddersfield UK). And whilst I wait for the wine to arrive you might care to join me in thinking about such things as adverts, wine and old labels as possible themes for your Sepia Saturday 296 post (post your posts on or around Saturday 12th September and add a link to the list below).

Of course, a good bottle of wine needs to breath a little before you drink it, so you have a few moments spare to look ahead to what still lies in the future as far as Sepia Saturday is concerned.

I will reveal what awaits us for SS300 next week.  But for now, let's crack open the wine and get this sepia party started. Cheers!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Sepia Saturday 295 : 5 September 2015

For Sepia Saturday 295 (post your posts on or around Saturday 5th September 2015) we are asking you to cut through the fog, reach out into the void, build bridges between different lands and, most important of all, not to miss the bus. Whatever prompt you care to find in our theme image this week, just link it to an old photograph of your own and tell us about it. Once you have posted your post, add a link to the list below.

Next week the theme is an old label from a wine bottle which is the last of my themes for a while - the themes for the rest of the year have been chosen by my fellow administrator, Marilyn. Thanks to her for her choices and to all of you for your continued support of Sepia Saturday.

For now, let us see where the bus will take us once it has crossed the bridge

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Sepia Saturday 294 : 29 August 2015

Over the last few weeks I have been on planes, boats, trains and buses, but this weekend - for a change - I should be at home. And that means I will be able to take part in this week's Sepia Saturday challenge which features an old photograph of "Walsh's Royal Mail And Day Car" from the National Library Of Ireland archives. If you are joining in you can feature old photographs which - in some way or another - connect to any theme you choose to identify from this photograph. It might be travel, it might be overcrowding, it might be blankets - or it might be something else you have found in the theme image. All you need to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 29th August 2015 and then add a link to the list below. And whilst you are waiting for the trip to start, have a look at what is further along the way.

So here we go. Hold tight. Off we go to Sepia Saturday 294.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Sepia Saturday 293 : 22 August 2015

Whilst you think about your submission for Sepia Saturday 293 (post your post on or around Saturday 22 August 2015) I will be sat in some cafe in the old town of Prague, drinking the finest Czech Pilsner beer whilst the Good Lady Wife has gone off shopping. Whilst you look ahead at what is to come in the next week or two, I will be looking ahead to an evening trip down the Vltava River. Ah, such is life. Good luck to you all.