"Dance", someone once said, "is the hidden language of the soul". To what extent this may be true about the spiritual soul, I am not sure: however it is clearly the case in relation to the more physical sole of the foot. Sadly, however, it is a language I have never properly understood, as those who have seen my stunted gyrations at parties will understand. I am not asking you to join me in a dance this week on Sepia Saturday, merely to share an old photograph from your collection which is somehow related to this theme. All you have to do is to take to the floor on or around Saturday 17th November 2018 and add a link to the list below. Whilst you wait for the music to start, you might want to take a look at what comes next on Sepia Saturday.
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
It is one hundred years since the end of the First World War - the Great War to end all wars: although it was anything but great and merely served as a prelude to a second world war twenty-one years later. In so many communities the victims of war are commemorated by statues, but so often the victims are also remembered by lines of haunted faces. There is perhaps something suitable about our theme image this week - it is an image that features cold stone statues and haunted, unrecognisable faces. You can use the prompt as you wish - the statue can celebrate whatever you want, the haunted faces can have whatever narrative you wish to give them. Simply share with us an old image and your thoughts about it. Post your post on or around Saturday 10th November 2018 and add a link to the list below.
Here are the theme images for the following two weeks
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Photographs can tell us so much. They can speak volumes about style, manners, and social conditions. They can also let us know that the young woman featured in this week's Sepia Saturday theme image can't be a very good piano player. She looks happy enough, but just look at the bear - have you ever seen such a miserable looking stuffed ursidae? As a Sepia Saturday prompt, the picture is capable of as many interpretations as a theme by Paganini. There is music of course, smiling faces, sad faces, bears and spotted blouses. The choice is yours. Simply post your post on or around Saturday 3 November and add a link to the list below.
And whilst you are whistling along to the tune of the Teddy Bears Picnic, you might want to think about what is waiting around the Sepia corner. Here are our next two theme images.
Monday, 22 October 2018
Perhaps we ought to introduce advertising to Sepia Saturday as a way of earning a little spending money on the side. And once I had earned it, I could spend it on coffee or custard or chocolate or a nice pork sausage. Our theme image for this week asks you to seek out any adverts in your collection - either up front or in the background - and feature them in your post on or around Saturday 27th October 2018. Whilst you are chewing that over, take a look at what lies ahead.
Monday, 15 October 2018
Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week is all over the place. Well, to be quite honest, it is falling down. So if you have any old photographs in your collection that are falling down or leaning over, this is the prompt for you. Just post your post on or around Saturday 20th October 2018 and leave a link on the list below. Whilst you are waiting for the washing to dry - or for the building to fall down - take a look at what awaits you around the crooked bend.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
I am back on-line this week and sketching out a vision of rural bliss. So get onto the back of your horse, pack up your easel and paint brushes, unpack your large hats, and let us head for the fields. Our theme image this week dates back over 140 years and is from the collection of the National Library of Australia. All you need to do is to look for a potential theme, match it with an old photograph of your own, and add a link to the list below. Post your post on or around Saturday 13th October 2018.
Whilst you are sketching in the background to your post, here is what is waiting in the weeks ahead.
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
You must excuse the lack of description or introduction, but my wifi is down and I am hopefully posting this using my mobile phone. If the wifi responds to bribery I will return and tidy this call up. In the meantime here is all you need to know
Sepia Saturday 439
Contributions on or around Saturday 6th October
Link to the list below
Here are the next couple of theme images
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
"Once again, it is school photograph time. Let us go outside to the school yard and line up for the photograph: smaller children at the front, arms and legs tied up like trussed turkeys; taller children at the back, sprouting up like supercharged saplings. And don't forget to smile! I know you might have double maths next, I know you find yourself next to the one child you really can't get on with - but at least make it look as though you are enjoying yourself. The best days of your life - that is what your schooldays are. You will be captured for history. You will be able to look back on this photograph when you are older and wiser and a chartered accountant, a painter and decorator, a nurse or - if you are very lucky - a schoolteacher like me. And even further forward in time, people from all over the world may look at this photograph and use it as a theme prompt for their blog posts. What do you think of that?""Please Sir, what is a blog?"
Whatever a blog may be, post an old photograph to your blog that connects in some way or another with our theme image and leave a link to it in the list below. Post your post on or around Saturday 29th September 2018. And if you can't face double maths next, them you can always look at what is next in Sepia Saturday.
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
A much loved car outside a postwar prefabricated house: could anything be more redolent of the early 1950s. The car may not be a new one, but it has been washed and polished until you can see your reflection in it. The photograph contains equal measures of pride and hope - emotions that were equally redolent of the decade in question. As a theme image, you can take whatever element you want from it: be it as solid as a chrome bumper bar or as ephemeral as an emotion. All you need to do is to post your Sepia Saturday post on or around Saturday 22nd September 2018 and add a link to the list below. Before you reach once again for the chamois leather, you might want to take a look at what lies ahead. And don't forget - the full list of theme images for the rest of the year is now available/
Here is a preview of the Sepia Saturday theme images for the coming quarter. Feel free to follow or ignore each theme at will.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week is - like all the ones this month - from my own collection. It features that grand old north country game - crown green bowling; in which wooden balls (or bowls) are rolled across a grass lawn (or green) in an attempt to get nearest the target ball (or jack). If that wasn't complicated enough, the bowls have an additional weight on one side so they don't run in a straight line, and the green has a slight hump in the middle (a crown) so even if the bowls could travel in a straight line it wouldn't do them much good! So if you thought that Sepia Saturday was difficult - just have a go at crown green bowling.
As always, you can interpret the theme image in any way you want - games, balls, men stood around doing nothing, all spring to mind - or you can ignore the theme all together and surprise us with an old photograph of your own choice. All you have to do is to post a post on or around Saturday 15th September and add a link to the list below.
Here are the next couple of theme images so that - if you are so inclined - you can plan your posts in advance.
Monday, 3 September 2018
I have been posting the Sepia Saturday theme prompt for just short of nine years, and, as you can see, this is the 435th such post. In all those years, in all those Saturdays, in all those posts, I have never yet forgotten to post the weekly prompt .... until last week that is! What can I say? My apologies to you all for leaving you call-less last week, and even more so, my apologies for causing some of you to worry about what had become of me. It has been quite a hectic couple of months and although I remembered to pre-post the calls whilst I was on holiday, I completely forgot when I returned. My excuse is a simple one: I am delighted to say that I became a grandfather in July and somehow that experience has caused me to wander around like a wide-eyed, preoccupied fool with a big grin on my face and little else going on in my mind.
Now I am back and Sepia Saturday is back, and, if I have anything to do with it, it will remain back for the foreseeable future. The theme image for this coming Saturday is entitled "Wedding On The Steps" and comes from my own collection of lost and found photographs. As always you can search for a theme within the image (weddings, steps, and flowers all come to mind), or navigate your own flight of sepia fancy and share any old photograph you like. All you have to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 8th September and add a link to the list below.
Here is a quick preview of the next two Sepia Saturday theme images.
Monday, 20 August 2018
Sepia Saturday 433 : 25th August 2018
William Robyn, Singer (Bain News Service c.1920)
MUSIC : SINGERS : GRAMOPHONE : RECORDS
Our theme this week will be music to the ears of some of our regulars. For the record, I am still on the high seas, but in my absence you can sing the praises of one of your old photographs which may - or may not - be related to our theme image this week. All you need to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 25th August 2018, and add a link to the list below.
Here is a quick look at what awaits us in the first part of September. More details when I get back.
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Sepia Saturday 432 : 18th August 2018
Parachute Jumper (Bain News Service, 1915-20)
DANGER : JUMPING : SKY : FLYING
I will be up, up and away by the time this Sepia Saturday comes around - but hopefully not in a hot air balloon, nor am I planning to take a parachute jump into the unknown. You can, however, jump right into this week's Sepia Saturday by posting an old photograph (either on-theme or off-theme) on or around Saturday 18th August 2018 and adding a link to the list below.
And here is a taste of what is to come on Sepia Saturday - and, take note, a change in emphasis lies just around the corner.