Thursday 20 December 2018

Sepia Saturday 450 : Christmas And New Year Special 2018/2019

My apologies for originally posting this on the wrong Blog!! With the run up to Christmas, my mind seems to have descended into terminal confusion. I will attempt to transfer the information that has already been put on the post by those who were enterprising enough to find it.

A very Happy Christmas to Sepians everywhere and may we all enjoy a peaceful new year in which to surround ourselves with our old pictures and new memories. Our theme image for the Christmas period shows two lucky Christmas customers from Australia in 1934. Post your own sepia Christmas greetings via our Sepia Saturday Clog - all you have to do is to post a post sometime over the Christmas and New Year period and add a link to the list below.

Our 2019 programme kicks off on Saturday 5th January 2019. Here is a preview of the first couple of theme images.

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Sepia Saturday 449 : Saturday 15 December 2018

Bedrooms! We spend a significant part of our lives there, but they may not be at the forefront as far as the photographic record of our lives is concerned. We probably have more photographs of the garden shed in our collections than of our bedrooms! Just in case this applies to you and you want to join in with this week's Sepia Saturday, you can always follow the jug, or the carpet or the window - or whatever. Whatever you decide to go with, do it on or around Saturday 15th December and add a link to the list below.

And here are our next two prompt images that will see us through into 2019.

Thursday 6 December 2018

Sepia Saturday 448 : Saturday 8th December 2018

First of all thank you so much for your comments on the future of Sepia Saturday - I was heartened by your support for Sepia Saturday and your enthusiasm for its future. Looking back at the options I set out last week, I accept that either changing to a monthly prompt or moving the whole thing to Facebook would somehow fall short of the Sepia Saturday experience we have all enjoyed over the years. Equally, to bring Sepia Saturday to an end just as it approaches its 10th birthday seems churlish. So let's keep things going as normal for the time being and see how things go. With this in mind I have put together prompts for the first quarter of 2019 and these can be found at the end of this post.

For our next weekly prompt we have this image from the Flickr Commons collection of the Huron County Museum. Do with it what you will - but do it on or around Saturday 8th December 2018 and add a link to the list below. Here are the final two prompt images for 2018.

As for 2019, here are the planned prompt images:-

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Sepia Saturday 447 And Some Thoughts About The Future

Libraries are places where things are kept: old things, new things, things that will be of interest to others. Come to think of it, libraries are a little like Sepia Saturday. So this week we are asking you to file away your old photographs, stack them on the digital shelves, and make them available for other people to borrow, look at, and appreciate. Just post you post on or around Saturday 1st December 2018 and add a link to the list below.

We have theme images available for the rest of 2018 (see below), but I have not prepared any for January yet. Before doing so, I wanted to consult with the remaining few loyal Sepians with regards to the future of Sepia Saturday. The number of participants has been falling off for some time now and it provides us with an opportunity to take stock and think about the future.

I would like to kick the discussion off by suggesting four alternatives for your consideration.

1. Accept that Sepia Saturday may have run its course and close it down at the end of the year.
2. Keep Sepia Saturday blog-based (centred around the Sepia Saturday Blog) but maybe have a monthly theme rather that a weekly one. People could submit multiple posts if they so wished.
3. Change Sepia Saturday into a Facebook Group. We could still have weekly theme prompts but the submissions would be handled via the Facebook Group - simply by adding a link on the Facebook Group page to your submission - be it a blog post or whatever.
4. Leave things exactly as they are.

I am sure there are other possible suggestions and I would be delighted if people could put those forward for consideration. Let me know what you all think. In the meantime here are the rest of the December theme images.

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Sepia Saturday 446 : 24 November 2018

"Man Carrying Bricks"! Has there ever been a Sepia Saturday theme prompt easier to match than that? It is so easy I don't need to give you any additional clues or prompts. Just post your images of men carrying bricks - or, if you insist, something related to that topic - on or around Saturday 24th November 2018 and add a link to the list below.

And if you think this week's prompt is easy, wait until you see the coming ones!

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sepia Saturday 445 : 17 November 2018

"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

Sepia Saturday 444 : 10th 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

Sepia Saturday 443 : 3 November 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

Sepia Saturday 442 : Saturday 27 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

Sepia Saturday 441 : Saturday 20th 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

Sepia Saturday 440 : 13 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

Sepia Saturday 439

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

Sepia Saturday 438 : 29 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

Sepia Saturday 437 : 22 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/

Sepia Saturday Theme Images : October - December 2018

Here is a preview of the Sepia Saturday theme images for the coming quarter. Feel free to follow or ignore each theme at will.