Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Sepia Saturday 513 : 28 March 2020

There is something about the way early twentieth century picture postcards flatten scenes and play havoc with perspective.  Out theme image this week depicts a very structured and ordered boating lake at the seaside resort of Bridlington. I know the boating lake well - I sailed on it many times in my childhood - but it was never as clinically organised as this picture suggests. There were crowds, there were sounds, there were ice cream cornets and candyfloss all around. Neat cars didn't climb velveteen streets, nor did sedate couples practice social distancing seventy years ahead of time. So the theme this week is whatever you care to pick out from this cookie-jar of memories. Whatever you choose, post a post on or around Saturday 28th March 2020 and add a link to the list below.

Here are the next couple of theme images for you to be thinking about

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Sepia Saturday 512 : Saturday 21 March 2020

Who would have thought it! When I was putting together the theme prompt images for March, a few weeks ago, the last thing I thought is that we would be looking at this week's theme image and thinking "those two on the right seem to be standing a little too close together!". Nevertheless, in these days of social isolation, what better way to occupy your time than to sort through those old photographs you have always been meaning to get around to.  So get on your virtual bike and see if you can come up with a submission for this week's Sepia Saturday (post your post on or around Saturday 21 March 2020 and add a link to the list below).

Here is a preview of next week's theme image - I am off now to put together theme images for the rest of the year - what else is there to do when you are under lockdown! Seriously, sepia friends throughout the world, stay safe and stay strong.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Sepia Saturday 511 : 14 March 2020

I have returned home after being away for the best part of three weeks, and I would like to say that our dog, Lucy, was pleased to see me. She had obviously spent most of her time in kennels watching daytime TV, however, and insisted that I kept at least three yards away from her and washed my hands! The dog in this week's Sepia Saturday theme image is from happier times, and it is a beauty between two beauties. As with all the March theme images - which are from my own collection - I have no idea who the subjects of the photograph are, nor where they were. This, however, gives you the freedom to interpret the theme image in any way you want. Simply post a post on or around Saturday 14th March 2020 and add a link to the list below.

For our remaining two March theme images we are taking to the road - with bicycles and cards (and even a boat on a boating lake) - so here is a sneak preview of what is around the next bend in the sepia road.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Sepia Saturday 510 : 7 March 2020

Here we are, the middle of winter, and the old fool who picks the prompt images is still putting up pictures of jolly people sat on holiday beaches. What's it all about, you might rightly ask? Well the same old fool is still sat on a Caribbean beach, toying with some of the major problems facing humankind: do I look silly in this straw hat?; should I order another ice-cold beer?; who on earth is this lady leaning on my shoulder? The answers to all these problems may well become clear when he gets back to his miserable and cold homeland - whilst you are waiting for the said answers you might want to plan your Sepia Saturday post for this week. Post your post on or around Saturday 7th March 2020 and add a link to the list below. And don't forget to brush the sand from between your toes.

All the March theme images come from my own collection of weird and wonderful old photographs of unknown provenance. Here is a preview of the next two in the sequence:-

Monday, 24 February 2020

Sepia Saturday 509 : Saturday 29 February 2020

Six people sat around a table and not a smile amongst them. Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week highlights that forgotten genre - the miserable photograph. Trawl through your archives looking for frowns, scowls, and black looks, and when you find them include them in a post on or around Saturday 29th February, and then add a link to the list below. The 29th of February is traditionally the day when ladies can propose marriage to men! Perhaps that gives an entirely new interpretation to our theme image!

Whilst you think about that, take a look at our next two prompt images

Monday, 17 February 2020

Sepia Saturday 508 : Saturday 22 February 2020

By the time you read this I will be relaxing on a deckchair en board a ship taking a passage to Martinique. However my thoughts will not be on the wall-to-wall sunshine, the endless supply of jolly cocktails, and the gentle rhythm of a steel band: they will be on my Sepia friends throughout the world and their sepia challenge this week. All they have to do is to look at this week's theme image and post a post in response - on or around Saturday 22 February 2020 - featuring any old image they choose. All I will have to do is remember to wake up in time for pre-dinner drinks. It's a hard life!

Whilst you think of all the challenges facing me, relax by looking at the next couple of Sepia Saturday prompt images.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Sepia Saturday 507 : 15th February 2020

It's time for a celebration, time for a little intimate dinner party. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a cosy little table for two .... hundred! You are invited to participate in Sepia Saturday 507 and post your posts on or around Saturday 15th February 2020. Find one of your old photographs that reflects the theme and post it to your blog. Then add a link to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for the desert to arrive, take a look at the menu for the next couple of Sepia Saturdays.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Sepia Saturday 506 : 8th February 2020

Whenever there is something new on the scene, people want their photographs taking with them. Be it a car, be it a plane, an airship or a rocketship: people will crowd around to be pictured with it. If the real thing is not available, there is no need to worry: any self-respecting photographic studio will have a cardboard cut-out. This week on Sepia Saturday (post your posts on or around Saturday 8th February 2020) we are celebrating such photographs and asking you to share your own. Post your post and add a link to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for the cardboard cut-out to move, you might want to consider the next couple of Sepia Saturday theme images.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 505 : 1 February 2020

Another week, another month, another archive, another place .... another Sepia Saturday prompt image. All our February Sepia Saturday prompt images come from the Flickr Commons collection of the archives of Liberas, the Belgian archive dedicated to preserving and managing the heritage of liberal organisations. For Sepia Saturday 505 (post your posts on or around Saturday 1st February 2020), think boats, think canals .... think any old photograph you want which may be connected in some way or another with our theme image. Once you have done so add a link to your post to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for the lock-gates of your mind to swing open, you might want to see what is in store over the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 504 : Saturday 25 January 2020

The other day I took my grandson to the swings in the local park, and I suddenly remembered being taken to similar swings by my own father almost seventy years earlier. Swings, seesaws and roundabouts are the architecture of our childhood, and have been for a hundred years or more. Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week celebrates such architecture and provides us all with an opportunity to share old photographs of childhood. Simply post your post on or around Saturday 25 January 2020 and add a link to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for the swings to become free, why not take a look at what is further around the Sepia Saturday roundabout.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 503 : Saturday 18 January 2020

Few things can beat getting out into the fresh air and feeding the swans. It doesn't matter that, here in the northern hemisphere, it is in the middle of winter and the river is as likely to be frozen over as populated by a merry band of bobbing ducks and swans. It is the theme that we are celebrating, not the reality. That theme can be rivers, ducks, swans, bridges, ladies in pudding hats ... or the eternal connection between humans and animals. The theme photograph - like all the January theme photos - comes from my own collection of unknown and unclaimed old photographs. If there is a back story to it, it is the one you invent for yourselves. 

As usual, simply post an old photograph, which may (or may not) match the theme image, on or around Saturday 18th January 2020 and add a link to the list below. And if you have any time left, you might want to feed the swans .... or, alternatively, give a thought or two to the next couple of Sepia Saturday challenges.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 502 : 11 January 2020

Get a group of people together - especially if it is a group of children - and there is an irresistible desire to take a photograph of them. That has been true ever since photography escaped the clinical confines of the Victorian studio - and it is still true in the age of the cell-phone camera. Our theme image this week - which comes from my own collection and features a group of unknown children from, I suspect, the 1920s - is typical of the genre: wide eyed children looking expectantly at the camera.  For Sepia Saturday 502 we invite you to feature your group photographs - or any old photos from your collection that connect in one way or another with the theme image. Post your post on or around Saturday 11th January 2020 and add a link to the list below. 

And here is a reminder of the next two Sepia Saturday theme images.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Sepia Saturday 501 : 4 January 2020

There is nothing like starting the New Year as you don't mean to go on! I would like to blame the late appearance of the prompt for Sepia Saturday 501 on a surfeit of food, drink and good cheer: but, alas, the cause was nothing more prosaic than a head cold. As I sit here writing this, sneezing, coughing and feeling very sorry for myself, I cannot match the smile of this charming unknown lady. As I wish you all a happy and a healthy 2020, I challenge you to match her smile with something joyful from your own collection. Just post your post on or around Saturday 4 January 2020 and add a link to the list below.

The photograph of the smiling lady comes from my own collection of anonymous old photographs that have made their way to me by fair means or foul. All the January theme photos have a similar provenance. Here is a preview of the rest in the set.