Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Sepia Saturday 373 : 24 June 2017

 
This is what my dog Lucy dreams of. Mum and Dad going on holiday in a little house on wheels so that she can come along as well and join in all the fun. And by the time you read this, we will indeed be away on holiday. But no little house on wheels, and (let's not tell her just yet), no Lucy. We will be in a nice cosy house and she will be in some nice cosy kennels. Such is life, and such is this week's Sepia Saturday theme image. As usual, just post your post on or around Saturday 24th June and link your post to the list below.

Here is a reminder of what is ahead:-





Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sepia Saturday 372 : 17 June 2017


A little lad - a cute little chap - watering a flower he has just planted in a garden. A smile of expectation on his face, a crop of questions in his mind. Will the plant flourish or will it fail? Will the gentle rains of spring and autumn bring it many fecund summers, or will the cold snows of winter stunt its ambitions? As many questions as there are stones in that dry stone wall, as many answers as there are swans in that sky. That is all you are going to get from me in terms of a prompt for Sepia Saturday 372 (post you posts on or around Saturday 17th June). You will need to plant your own post, water it with the cool richness of your imagination, and put it on display by linking it to the list below. 

And here is what lies ahead in the more immediate future.






Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sepia Saturday 371 : 10th June 2017


Our theme image this week shows a man with a wooden box. Whoever the man is, he doesn't seem happy with life and maybe that could be a potential theme you would like to explore. There again ,there are boxes, men with bowler hats, and .... boxes. The photograph comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the National Library of Ireland, but for whatever reason it has now been withdrawn from Flickr - perhaps it was making everyone a little too miserable. You don't need to be miserable, of course, all you need to do is post a post on or around Saturday 10th June 2017 and link to the list below. Things get a little happier over the next couple of weeks - here is a preview of the themes.



And just in case you think that Marilyn and I have been sitting back with our feet up doing nothing but constructing wooden boxes, here is proof that we have been busy planning the next three months of Sepia Saturday fun. The is just an overview, of course, but hopefully it is enough to whet your appetite.





Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sepia Saturday 370 : Saturday 3 June 2017



This may look like just another old tree, but it isn't. According to the comments on the Flickr page of Cornell University digital collection - of which this Victorian albumen print forms a part - this is a photograph of the oak tree near Leamington which marks the geographical centre of England. As a Sepia Saturday prompt it might lead you in the direction of trees, or the centre of things, or fences, or things which turn out to be more than they seem to be. As always, the choice is yours. All you need to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 3rd June and then add a link to the list below.

And whilst you are wondering which direction to go in, you might want to pause and look what is around the corner. Here are the next two Sepia Saturday prompts. 



Now you know what is ahead, it is time to decide which direction to go in. Good luck.



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sepia Saturday 369 : 27 May 2017


Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week shows a man awaiting a delivery, on his guard, ready to strike out. All Sepians will recognise these emotions, they will know exactly what it is like waiting to find out what kind of ball will be delivered. This is exactly what Sepians feel like each week as they wait for the theme image to be published : ready, aware, expectant, senses stretched as taut as a violin string. And then the delivery is made and our hero strikes out and hits the ball out of the stadium - a perfect match for a perfect prompt. 

Whatever your response to this prompt might be, hit us with it on or around Saturday 27th May 2017 and add a link to your post to the list below. As you run between the bases, you might want to look ahead at what awaits you over the next couple of weeks.





Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sepia Saturday 368 : 20 May 2017


Thank you Marilyn for reminding me to put the prompt up. Unfortunately I am just about to go out and I am away all day tomorrow! I will return and polish the prompt up before the weekend, but for the time being you will have to make do with the bare minimum.





Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Sepia Saturday 367 : 13 May 2017


Bob's Love Affair (Cinema 1915)- New York Public Library


Cinema still images are a wonderful photographic sub-genre. Designed to tempt you into the cinema, they need to set a scene and provide potential cinema-goers with a sample of the drama, the costumes and the stars they will see if only they buy a ticket. Our theme image for this week is a classic example - it is a still from the 1915 film "Bob's Love Affair". You can, of course, interpret the theme as you want - there is love, there are looks, there are hats and canes and there are costumes. Do with them as you will. The only regulation is that we would like you to do it on or around Saturday 13th May 2017 and post a link to your post on the list below.

Whilst we are loading the second reel, why not enjoy an ice cream or some popcorn and take a look at what is being featured next week and the week after.




Monday, 1 May 2017

Sepia Saturday 366 : 6th May 2017



By the time you will be reading this I will not be here - I will be off on my holidays, hanging out at some smart and sophisticated restaurant with the Mediterranean waves lapping up on my crocodile skinned shoes. I may be eating caviar on toast or snacking on a stuffed olive (those who know me well will know what nonsense this is - I will be having egg and chips and a pint of beer). The last thing I will be thinking about is what to submit for my Sepia Saturday post, but you lot have no excuse. Take a look at the theme image and post a post and link it to the list below, on or about Saturday 6th May 2017. And then take a look at what is on the menu for later on.



Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sepia Saturday 365 : 29th April 2017

Woman Hanging Laundry from Tenement Porch. Manchester, New Hampshire (1936) New York Public Library Digital Collection 

Our theme image this week comes from the on-line digital collection of the New York Public Library. What immediately appealed to me about the image was the geometry of it and you may want to provide examples of lines and angles within pictures from your own collections. There again you may want to display your dirty washing in public - as ever the choice is yours. Simply hang your stuff out on or around Saturday the 29th April 2017 and leave a link on the list below. And whilst your washing is drying, have a look at what is further down the line.






Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Sepia Saturday 364 - 22nd April 2017



This week we are featuring another image from the online collection of glass negatives held by Sutton Archives and featured on their "Past On Glass" webpage. The theme prompt features a 1907 school sports day at Carshalton Convent and may give rise to a variety of interpretations. Whichever interpretation you adopt, post a post featuring one of your old photographs on or around Saturday 22nd April 2017 and link it to the list below.

Before you start leap-frogging to the starting line of the egg and spoon race, you might want to take a look at the next two themes for Sepia Saturday.






Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sepia Saturday 363 : 15 April 2017


Shadows And Light (Unknown Date And Subjects - Alan Burnett's Collection)

Our theme image this week is taken from an old scanned negative of unknown origin which forms part of my ever-expanding collection of long-lost photographs and negatives. It appealed to me for a number of reasons - it's a great composition, a fine study in shadows and light and a perfect, unposed portrait of two children. You can use any of these as your prompt, or interpret the image in whichever way you like. All you have to do is to give us an old image and some new words on or around Saturday 15th April 2017.

As usual, here is a preview of the next two Sepia Saturday themes.




Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sepia Saturday 362 : 8 April 2017



Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week is taken from the fascinating collection of old glass negatives which were taken by the Sutton photographer, David Knights-Wittome (1876-1943). This collection has recently been digitised and they are held at the Sutton Local Studies and Archives Centre (further information about the collection can be found on the Past On Glass website). We would like to thank the Sutton Collection for permission to use their images here on Sepia Saturday. 

The subject of the photograph is, of course, three choirboys, and you are free to interpret the prompt in whichever way you want. Simply post your post on or around Saturday 8th April and add a link to the list below. Here is a quick preview of the next two Sepia Saturday theme prompts.






Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sepia Saturday 361 : 1st April 2017


Sepia Saturday falling on the 1st April (April Fool's Day) was too good an opportunity to miss, so I chose this rather splendid photograph from the collection of the State Library of New South Wales which was taken in the 1940s. It features parts of both Billy and Graham Green, but I will leave it to you to figure out which bit belongs to which brother. Feel free to follow the theme in any way you want, or you can make a fool of me and ignore the theme all together. All you really need to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 1st April and add a link below.

Here is a quick preview of the next couple of theme images:





Monday, 20 March 2017

Sepia Saturday 360 : 25th March 2017

Drilling A Dive Bomber (1943) Alfred T Palmer - Library of Congress
By now you should all know the drill. You look at the prompt image and come up with some esoteric connection to an old image of your own. You put together a post which features the image and says a few words about it and post it to your blog (in this case, on or around Saturday 25th March 2017). Then you link that blogpost to the Linky List below. Could anything be simpler?

It is so simple that you will have ample time to think about the two themes that are waiting around the corner for your entertainment over the next couple of weeks.



That's the drill. Now there is nothing to stop you now producing a riveting Sepia Saturday post.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Sepia Saturday 359 : Saturday 18th March 2017


Look in a mirror and who knows what you will see. If you are lucky you might see the late, great Louis Armstrong. And if that is not enough of a theme prompt, look more carefully and you might see "trees of green, red roses too, you might see them bloom, for me and you". Whatever theme you decide to go with, go with it on or about Saturday 18th March 2017 and then add a link to the list below.

But before you do, here is a quick reminder of what lies ahead on Sepia Saturday.



Let us return to Louis Armstrong to sign us off this week -

There's sepia in the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
There's sepia in the faces of people going by
I see friends posting posts for all to view
It's what all Sepians love to do.



Thursday, 9 March 2017

Sepia Saturday 358 : 11 March 2017



You know what it's like - it's late at night, you're tired, you've had a long day and you just want top settle down and listen to the radio. And then you remember and the memory sends cold spasms of guilt and fear down your spine. You jump up and your partner looks at you, know that there is something terribly wrong but hardly daring to ask. Eventually she says, "Why, what on earth is the matter dear?" and you dread having to confess that which you must confess. And at last those words come out, the words you had hoped you would never have to say. "I have forgotten to put up the Sepia Saturday prompt!!!"

So apologies for it being late, but by now you must know what to do. Post your post on or around the 11th of March and add a link to the list below. And take a look at the themes I will no doubt forget to post for the rest of the month.





Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sepia Saturday 357 : 4th March 2017


Oh, look at our Sepia Saturday theme photograph for this week : Sepia Saturday 357 - (post your posts on or around the 4th March 2017). Look at that wonderful photograph! How cute. How delightfully cuddly. How playful and adorable. The kid and the dog are quite nice as well. The photograph is entitled "Boy, dog and woman enjoying each others company: Tallahassee, Florida", and comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the Florida State Library and Archives. As usual, all you have to do is come up with some old photograph from you own collection that in some convoluted way matches the theme image.

Before you go in search of a possible match, here is a look ahead at the theme images for the next couple of weeks. And if you would like to see even further into the future, the theme images for the second quarter of the year are now available.