What is life?, I ask myself. In life you are born, you move about, you eat, and you die. And if you want a perfect visual representation of this thing we call life, where better to look than the archives of the Bain News Service brought to us by The Library of Congress and Flickr Commons. This particular image shows the kitchen of the hospital train of Kaiserin Augusta Victoria and dates from the early years of the First World War. Somewhere, behind the emulsion of the glass negative, there is a monochromatic contrast between the organised sterility of the bright kitchens and the mud and the blood and the misery there must have been outside, but such senseless contrasts are equally part of the equation that we call life. Whatever particular philosophical branch line you care to explore, there is plenty of potential prompts for Sepia Saturday 180. All we ask is that you post your post on or around Saturday 8 June 2013 and add a link to the list below.
And in case you want to see what is around the next bend in the track of life, here is a preview of the next two Sepia Saturday prompts.
181 : Time to open your jewellery case and dig out some sparkling images. We're looking for any bodily adornments: from girls with pearl earrings to gents with an impressive medal collection (or vice versa!).
182 : It's 'Off To The Creamery' this week c1900. The possibilities are endless: bowler hats, milk churns (or dairies) men (or women) posing on horseback, Australia, farms or any combination of these.
One of the great things about Sepia Saturday is that our collective challenges can shift from dressing table to dressing station, from earrings to yearlings : they are all part of our sepia life.