Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sepia Saturday 278 : 9 May 2015

Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 278 - post your posts on or around Saturday 9th May and add a link to the list below - is a little old and tired. It comes from the Flickr Commons archives of the Romanian photographer, Costica Acsinte. I thought it would provide a suitable prompt to remind us of those old and tired images in our collections. Images that are past their best or in need of a little care and attention. You might want to share images that have faded, images that have disintegrated or even images that have been restored. Or, as always, you can ignore the theme and just share any old image you want.

And talking about becoming old and tired, I have been giving some thought about Sepia Saturday itself. Marilyn and I have been sharing our thoughts about the whole Sepia Saturday roadshow and trying to decide whether it is still fit for purpose. It is right that we have a review, but it is equally right that such a review should involve as many Sepians as possible. At this stage I don't want to start listing definite options - because I am sure that there are options that neither Marilyn or myself have even thought of. But perhaps you might like to share your general thoughts about the future of Sepia Saturday as the first stage in pulling together a list of options for the future. Do you want Sepia Saturday to stay or go, do you want themes or no themes, should it be a blog or should it be Social Media based? Let us have your thoughts - and options - via comments to this post or via our Facebook group

But whilst our review takes place, Sepia Saturday steams on as always, so here are our next two themes so you can prepare for them.

279 : Safety : Danger : Industry

280 : Boys : Girls : Reverses

Reading back what I have just written I see that I have used the phrase "images that are past their best", a phrase that should be banned from the Sepia Saturday lexicon. We lovers of old images believe that no image can ever be past their best, they simply get more interesting as they get older. Like a lot of bloggers I know.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 277 : 2 May 2015

Our Sepia Saturday roadshow reaches the Vancouver Public Library Historical Photograph Archives (which are part of the Flickr Commons collection) and this photograph of a 1960 football game between The Kits and Delbrook. You might want to follow a theme like football or sport or action or any other theme that you can think of. Just post your post on or around Saturday 2nd May 2015 and add a link to the list below. 

Before the game starts, take a look at what is coming in future fixtures.

278 : Old and Decayed Photographs / Portraits

279 : Safety / Danger / Industry

By the time Sepia Saturday 277 comes around I should be back from holiday, so I look forward to playing along at Sepia Saturday with you once again.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 276 : 25 April 2015

Newlyweds. Babies. Newlyweds and babies. Babies and newlyweds. Cradles. Women with astonishing hairdo's.You might also want to consider book covers as well. Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 276 can accommodate all of these things as we visit the on-line archives of the Virginia Commonwealth Library.  Whatever you go with, just post your post on or around Saturday 25 April 2015 and add a link to the list below.

Before you open the book, take a look at what is around the corner.

277 : Sport / Football / Games / Action

278 : Decayed and Damaged Photographs

When you read this (hopefully), I will be on holiday (hopefully), sat on some beach reading some fascinating book (hopefully). Good luck

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 275 : 18 April 2015

For Sepia Saturday 275 our tour of the photographic archives participating in the Flickr Commons project reaches the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office and, in particular, this image entitled "Hydro Electric Commission (H.E.C.) linemen maintaining electrical services, corner Bathurst and Barrack Streets (c1969)". The theme image might bring all sorts of things to mind - wires, cables, ladders, sky - or you might just want to post an image with a long and complicated title. Whatever you decide to post, post it on or around Saturday 18 April 2015 and leave a link on the list below. 

Before you start your blue sky thinking (grey sky thinking), take a look at what is coming over the next few weeks.

276 : Babies / Newlyweds (not necessary in that order)

277 : Sport / Football / Action

I am following the wires south to where the sky is blue and I will be away for a couple of weeks. I have scheduled the next couple of calls and hopefully they will appear on time (unlike most of my manual calls). If there is a problem Marilyn will, I am sure, intervene. If all else fails you can always give me a ring, but don't be surprised if the lines are all down.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 274 : 11 April 2015

Looking out of the window and the sun is shining and Spring is in the air. The prospect for the coming months is warm summer sun, blue skies and Factor 98 Sun-screen. It is therefore a timely reminder from your Sepia Saturday host that you should be thinking of ordering your winter coal now. Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 274 - post your posts on or around Saturday 11 April 2015 - comes from the Library Company of Philadelphia (via the ever-faithful Flickr Commons) and shows a World War 1 era poster for the United States Fuel Administration. If you are a theme then you can think about horses, carts, coal, fuel, fires or posters. If you are a dreamer you can think about toasted bread around an open fire. Just make sure that amidst all that thinking you post your post and then link it to the list below.

And spare a thought for what is on the cart for the next couple of weeks

275 : Wires / Cables / Ladders / Sky

276 : Babies / Newlyweds (not necessarily in that order)

Such thoughts are for the future. For the present start shovelling those lumps of imaginary coal into the creative furnace that is Sepia Saturday

Monday, 30 March 2015

Sepia Saturday 273 : 4th April 2015

What better way to spend an Easter Holiday weekend than to take a ride in the park. These ladies are enjoying a Springtime ride in Battersea Park - but whether it is Central Park or Waterfront Park, Myers Park or La Fontaine Park, it makes no difference if you want to join in the fun. Just choose an old image - either connected to the theme image or not - and share in in a Sepia Saturday post. Post your post on or around Saturday 4th April 2015 and add a link to the list below. Our theme image comes from the British Library collection on Flickr Commons and is taken from a book entitled "The Municipal Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces of London" So as a sepia Easter present you have a range of potential themes to follow - cycling, parks, long skirts, book and newspaper illustrations - the choice is yours.

Before you push off - so to speak - take a look at what our next couple of themes are so you can be ready to recycle an appropriate old image.

274 : Coal / Power / Horses / Carts

275 : Cables / Wires / Ladders / Workers

So have a great Easter and get those sepia cycles on the road.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sepia Saturday 272 : 28 March 2015

We seem to be on a transport thing at the moment. There were horses last week, tractors this week and bikes next week. But just a little imagination can turn a drinking horse into a pub, a tractor into a potato, and a bicycle into a pair of pretty women. Our theme image comes from the collection of the SALT Institute in Istanbul, Turkey (featured on their Flickr Stream) and dates back to 1924 and shows a powerful looking tractor at an International Agricultural Fair in Adana, Turkey. You can go wherever you want to with this image (and indeed with this tractor). All you have to do is to post a post on or around Saturday 28 March 2015 and add a link to the list below.

Before you engage first gear and plough your way to a post, take a look at what awaits you over the next couple of weeks.

273 : Bicycles / Long Skirts / Newspaper Cuttings

274 : Coal / Power / Horses / Carts

Having ploughed up your imagination, it is time to plant the seeds of creativity - it is time to post your post for Sepia Saturday 272