Monday, 30 September 2013

Sepia Saturday 197 : 5 October 2013


Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 197 does not come from one of the on-line collections on Flickr Commons. Let's face it, no world-class image collection would give album space to this blurred, scratched, undefined, and plain boring image. In fact it comes from the collection of that great photographer, Frank Fieldhouse (AKA "Uncle Frank"), and is entitled "The Pennines (From Express), 1941". Dusty, dirty, and plain as it is, it reminds us that we all have such images in our collections - and sometimes they can be as revealing as a picture postcard. So for Sepia Saturday 197 we are inviting you to by-pass the best, avoid the crystal clear, and focus your attention on the less than perfect, because, as we all know, all too often, life is less than perfect. Everything else about Sepia Saturday remains the same : just post your post on or around Saturday 5 October and link your post to the Linky List below.

I know what you are all going to say - "we don't have any bad photos in our collections", but, fear not, our focus on the unfocused is for one week only. After that, we revert to the normal Sepia Saturday approach - and here are the next two calls so you can do a little planning in advance.


198 : It is 100 years since HMS Queen Elizabeth was launched at Portsmouth. Whilst this is not the Queen Elizabeth, it matters not, because in SS 198 we celebrate the start of something new. It might be a life, it might be a love, it might be a a new chicken coop or it might be a mighty ocean liner.


199 : For Sepia Saturday 199 we celebrate acting and theatre. And dressing up, and silly hats, and daft trousers, and fire escapes, and - anything else you fancy.

Before you dash off in search of the plain and ordinary, the mathematicians amongst you will you realised from the number sequence above that we are rapidly approaching our very special double century celebrations. We have something very special planned for Sepia Saturday 200 which I will tell you about as soon as Marilyn reminds me what it is.



21 comments:

Kat Mortensen said...

At last! Something I can jump in on. I've got loads of bad photos.

Alex Daw said...

Tee Hee! First for once in my life....

tony said...

not very well at the moment..but trying to catch up!

Anne Young said...

a brief reflection on the imperfections of trying to document our family histories - how little we know about the pets of our forebears.

Postcardy said...

I have lots of not very good pictures, but I could only find one that was bad enough for this theme!

Kristin said...

Photos of family members apparating in 1925.

Wendy said...

Well Kristin, I have one from 1925 too. I'm sure we're in for a laugh riot this week.

Boobook said...

1952 and clearing out.

Mike Brubaker said...

A brilliant choice, Alan, which has inspired me to write about two of the most special photos (negatives) in my collection.

whowerethey said...

A series of photos from someone's trip to visit a soldier, somewhere. Blurry, backlit and deliciously curious.

whowerethey said...

Alex - your link is redirecting to that webring again.

Doug Peabody said...

I'm going blind looking at all these old photos:)

Sean Bentley said...

Well, I give you not only out of focus but underexposed and grainy! And if these photos had been anything else, they would have been failures, as far as I'm concerned!

Nancy said...

I'm so glad to know that lots of others have awful photos in their collections, too. And what fun to be able to share them. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's photos.

boundforoz said...

Perhaps not the worst of photos but it wold be nice if these were better of this plane crash. There are a couple of better ones in the NSW Library.

Rosie said...

Glad to find out not all pictures were thrown out! They were being saved for this post!!!

Sharon said...

Not many terrible photos in my collection. I think my grandmother only kept the better ones.

Deb Gould said...

It's still Saturday, so I'm not late...but in a mad rush! Here's a blurry me!

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Whowerethey - I might just remove that from my layout. It seems to be causing problems for a couple of us.

Dakota Boo said...

Not one of mine, but blurry nevertheless.

Jo Featherston said...

Better later than never - sort of!