Thursday, 16 September 2021

Sepia Saturday 588 : 18 September 2021


So, here we are, at the end of the alphabet: we are in a covered bridge going to who knows where. Behind us is the past, in front of us is the future. Most philosophers and newspaper agony aunts would tell us, in no uncertain words, that we must look to the future: forget the past, tomorrow is a new day. But here, on Sepia Saturday, we do exactly the opposite: for a brief moment let us forget the future and all that it has in store for us, and turn to the past. Here on Sepia Saturday we have been turning to the past for over a decade and we will continue to do so. So, for the final theme in our archive alphabet series, all you need to do is to turn to the past with your choice of old photograph, post it in a post on or around Saturday 18th September, and add a link to the list below.

Here on Sepia Saturday we have, at times, had themes; and at other times just invited people to share their favourite old photographs. For the next month or so, we are going to do the latter and have what we used to call "open themes". I will still feature an image on the weekly call post, so if you really do want themes, you can always try and match that. Let's see how it goes. Here's a preview of next week's call image:-

Friday, 10 September 2021

Sepia Saturday 587 : 11 September 2021


Who would have ever thought it when we started this alphabetical tour of old photograph archives that we would get around to the letter W and have XYZ waiting around the corner? But there again, who would have thought twelve years ago that Sepia Saturday would reach Week 587 and still be going? Granted, the numbers have fallen off - back in those early days we were getting 30+ contributors every week - but it has never been about numbers. I have a feeling that Sepia Saturday will keep strolling along - never in a hurry, never taking itself too seriously - until my blogging days are over, when hopefully someone else might take the role on. Do we need a revamp? Probably. Do we need to connect more enthusiastically to social media in all its' manifestations? More than likely. Will we manage it in the future? Probably not! That's the nature of the Sepia Saturday beast, and that is how it will keep moving along - at a slow but steady pace with plenty of stops to small the sepia roses. Sepia Saturday 587 has a picture of someone playing patience: individualistic, contemplative, satisfying .... all the things Sepia Saturday tries to be. If you want to join in, join in with an old photograph and a few words on or around Saturday 11 September 2021, and add a link to the list below.

Here is the last of the alphabetical themes - what follows that? Stick around and find out!

Friday, 3 September 2021

Sepia Saturday 586 : 4 September 2021


For Sepia Saturday 586, our theme image comes from the Library of Virginia and features a page from an old photograph album. For those wanting to follow a theme, here is your chance to turn the spotlight on the pages for a change, instead of the individual photographs. It might be the layout, it might be the captions, it might be the selection of photographs .... or it might be something else entirely. It might be V for vintage or vegetables or very special photographs. Whatever it is, share your old photo on or around Saturday 4th September 2021 and add a link to the list below. And here are a reminder of the final two stops on our alphabet tour of the archives.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Sepia Saturday 585 : 28 August 2021

I must ask for your Understanding. I Underestimated the amount of time left before I needed to put Up the Sepia Saturday prompt image. Under the circumstances, I will Undertake to be on time in future - Unless, of course, I forget again. Oh, and by the way, we have reached the letter U in our tour through the archives. U know the routine by now - post your post on or around Saturday 28th August and add a link to the list below. Here is the rest of the alphabet:-

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Sepia Saturday 584 : 21 August 2021

Our Sepia Saturday archive tour has reached the letter T, and where better to stop for tea that with the President of Turkey who has agreed to show us around his archives. With the continuing travel restrictions due to the COVID pandemic, we are, of course, having to do this virtually, and with the help of the Flickr Commons initiative. For our theme image we have chosen a 1930s photograph of a movie screening in the Turkish village of Ballikpinar. This illustrates the power of images - both still images and moving images - to transcend history. In choosing your submission you can transcend history, have a cup of tea, watch a movie, or do almost anything you want to. Just post a post on or around Saturday 21 August 2021 and add a link to the list below. The alphabet is running out, here are the final group of archives stops:-


Thursday, 12 August 2021

Sepia Saturday 583 : 14 August 2021


Busy street, busy times, people out on the streets, mixing together : well, we can dream can't we! This week our Sepia Saturday Archive A-Z has reached the letter S and we are calling in on the archives of the Salt Research Institute. You can take from the prompt what you will - there are enough potential themes there to keep everyone busy. All you need to do is to choose you theme, choose your photo, post your post, and add a link to the list below on or around Saturday 14th August. And look who has been busy - here are the rest of the prompts in this Sepia Saturday sequence. After we get to the letter Z what happens - wait and see ... it's time for some changes.

Friday, 6 August 2021

Sepia Saturday 582 : 7 August 2021

Our tour of the archives has taken us to the letter R, and R stands for Riksarkivet - the National Archives of Norway. By a happy coincidence, R also stands for the Rolling Stones, and it is a picture from a Rolling Stones concert that provides us with our theme image this week. Once again it is time to get out your old images, paint them black and white (or sepia), get all the satisfaction you want, and climb onto this sepia cloud of mine. You can go with the stones, go with the r's or go in any direction you want, just post your post on or around Saturday 7th August and add a link to the list below. And here is next week's prompt - T,U,V, W and XYZ will follow shortly.