Thursday, 23 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 504 : Saturday 25 January 2020

The other day I took my grandson to the swings in the local park, and I suddenly remembered being taken to similar swings by my own father almost seventy years earlier. Swings, seesaws and roundabouts are the architecture of our childhood, and have been for a hundred years or more. Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week celebrates such architecture and provides us all with an opportunity to share old photographs of childhood. Simply post your post on or around Saturday 25 January 2020 and add a link to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for the swings to become free, why not take a look at what is further around the Sepia Saturday roundabout.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 503 : Saturday 18 January 2020

Few things can beat getting out into the fresh air and feeding the swans. It doesn't matter that, here in the northern hemisphere, it is in the middle of winter and the river is as likely to be frozen over as populated by a merry band of bobbing ducks and swans. It is the theme that we are celebrating, not the reality. That theme can be rivers, ducks, swans, bridges, ladies in pudding hats ... or the eternal connection between humans and animals. The theme photograph - like all the January theme photos - comes from my own collection of unknown and unclaimed old photographs. If there is a back story to it, it is the one you invent for yourselves. 

As usual, simply post an old photograph, which may (or may not) match the theme image, on or around Saturday 18th January 2020 and add a link to the list below. And if you have any time left, you might want to feed the swans .... or, alternatively, give a thought or two to the next couple of Sepia Saturday challenges.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 502 : 11 January 2020

Get a group of people together - especially if it is a group of children - and there is an irresistible desire to take a photograph of them. That has been true ever since photography escaped the clinical confines of the Victorian studio - and it is still true in the age of the cell-phone camera. Our theme image this week - which comes from my own collection and features a group of unknown children from, I suspect, the 1920s - is typical of the genre: wide eyed children looking expectantly at the camera.  For Sepia Saturday 502 we invite you to feature your group photographs - or any old photos from your collection that connect in one way or another with the theme image. Post your post on or around Saturday 11th January 2020 and add a link to the list below. 

And here is a reminder of the next two Sepia Saturday theme images.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 501 : 4 January 2020

There is nothing like starting the New Year as you don't mean to go on! I would like to blame the late appearance of the prompt for Sepia Saturday 501 on a surfeit of food, drink and good cheer: but, alas, the cause was nothing more prosaic than a head cold. As I sit here writing this, sneezing, coughing and feeling very sorry for myself, I cannot match the smile of this charming unknown lady. As I wish you all a happy and a healthy 2020, I challenge you to match her smile with something joyful from your own collection. Just post your post on or around Saturday 4 January 2020 and add a link to the list below.

The photograph of the smiling lady comes from my own collection of anonymous old photographs that have made their way to me by fair means or foul. All the January theme photos have a similar provenance. Here is a preview of the rest in the set.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019


We've made it! Sepia Saturday is 500 weeks old. It seems only yesterday that we launched Sepia Saturday back in 2009: it was always intended as a short-term project and we couldn't have imagined that it would have a life much longer than most things in this digital age. Ten years have gone by, and five hundred themes have been puzzled over, thought about and matched by contributors from all over the world. There have been times when the number of participants was large and times when that number was small - but through it all Sepia Saturday has gone on: gathering memories and wrapping them up in some wonderful old photographs. And on it will go, helping to capture history in its most honest and ordinary sense: and even after the last participant has stopped contributing, hopefully it will remain as a resource for future generations.

To mark our 500th call you are invited to return to your favourite Sepia Saturday contribution and re-share it with the world. But this is an open call, so you can post whatever old image you want: the one lasting feature of Sepia Saturday has always been its dislike of rules. As with all our Christmas and New Year calls, this one goes on throughout the festive season: the next "ordinary" Sepia Saturday call (501) will be for Saturday 4th January 2020. I will post the call prompts for all of January soon.

If you want to include more than one contribution to this Sepia Saturday call, feel free to do so. Simply add links to the list below.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Sepia Saturday 499 : 7 December 2019

I realise we are all busy preparing for Christmas - nipping to the shops to get those last minute presents - but hopefully you will still be able to fit in a couple of pre-Christmas sepia challenges. This week our theme image celebrates that finest of Christmas traditions - shopping. All you have to do is to post a post on or around Saturday 7th December 2019 and add a link to the list below.

As usual, we will have just one theme over the Christmas and New Year period and, this year, it coincides with our 500th Sepia Saturday theme challenge. To mark the event, the theme is an open one - so you might want to look out your very favourite old photograph and share it with the rest of the Sepia community over the festive season. I will put the call for Sepia Saturday 500 up early next week. In the meantime, start shopping around for a suitable post for this week.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Sepia Saturday 498 : Saturday 30 November 2019

Our theme image this week is a study in concentration: a fine photograph from the early years of the twentieth century showing a woman worker helping to build aeroplanes during the Great War. You can choose to celebrate women, workers, concentration .... or indeed anything you want - just post an old photograph on or around Saturday 30th November 2019 and add a link to the list below.

One you have done that you can concentrate on thinking of a possible match for next week's prompt image. And whilst you do that, I will concentrate on trying to come up with a theme image for our 500th call!