Thursday 29 July 2021

Sepia Saturday 581 : 31 July 2021

Here we are at letter Q, and equally here we are at the seaside in Southport. For me, Southport means the seaside town just north of Liverpool, but I am well aware that I might equally be in the USA or South Africa or Australia. The Southport featured in our theme image this week is the town of Southport in Queensland, Australia. In addition to the potential theme of south ports, war memorials, palm trees and field guns, you could also try anything that starts with the letter Q. Or, there again, you could just post any old photo you please on or around Saturday 31st July 2021 and add a link to the list below.  And where else could you possibly go to after Southport other than to a Rolling Stones concert in Norway. You can always find variety on Sepia Saturday!

Thursday 22 July 2021

Sepia Saturday 580 : Saturday 24 July 2021


Our Sepia Saturday images usually remind us of times gone by, times that have fallen out of fashion, times when values were different to those we have now. This week's Sepia Saturday theme image is no exception to this rule, but it is not the rather splendid picture of the actress Marlene Dietrich that is illustrative of a different age, but the fact that it appeared on a picture card to be found within a packet of cigarettes. I can remember collecting cigarette cards as a child, anxiously awaiting my father buying a new packet to see what delight I would find inside. I could even mimic the habits of adults by stopping at the seat shop on my way to school and buying a packet of sweet cigarettes, and such packets equally has picture cards inside.

Such picture cards today remind us that the "good old days" were sometimes the rather silly old days. Photographs are never silly, however, so we ask you to look out whatever old photograph comes to mind when you see this week's theme image. Include it in a post and post your post on or around Saturday 24th July 2021 and add a link to the list below. And here is a list of what is around the Sepia Saturday corner:-

Friday 16 July 2021

Sepia Saturday 579 : 17 July 2021

What more could you want from a Sepia Saturday prompt? Everybody must have a photograph of people playing ukuleles in their family archives or collections of old photographs! If not, there is always Elvis Presley (it doesn't even look like him!) or the very rare sight of lawyers having a laugh! Whatever you can come up with in response to this week's prompt, come up with it on or around Saturday 17th July 2021 and add a link to the list below. And after a week of Elvis Presley and ukuleles, where are we going next week? To Marlene Dietrich and cigarette packets - where else?

Thursday 8 July 2021

Sepia Saturday 578 : Saturday 10th July 2021


We are on a tour of photographic archives and the letter N takes us to the National Library of Norway. From their collection (available via their Flickr Commons stream) I have chosen this rather good portrait of Grace Holst. Who was Grace Holst, I can hear you all saying, and what was her relationship with the famed Gustav of the Planet Suit fame? The answer is, I don't really know, and other than the fact that she was a Norwegian-American soprano, I can find no information about her. So, if you are looking for a theme this week, it could be pictures of unknown people. We all have these amongst our collections of family photographs - they may be cousin Ethel, or Uncle Walters' "friend", or they may be a semi-famous Norwegian-American soprano. You don't need to follow that theme suggestions - there are always fur coats, strings of pearls and the inevitable hat. Whatever you follow - or ignore - just post your posts on or around Saturday 10th July and add a link to the list below. And whilst you whistle a happy tune, take a look at what is coming up.

Friday 2 July 2021

Sepia Saturday 577 : 3 July 2021


A group on the steps! It's a classic pose for photographs of a certain age, an age between studio cameras and built-in flash guns. If you wanted to record a gathering, get the people to gather together and take them out onto the steps. You have light, you have a natural platform which will enable rows of heads to be pictured without blocking each other out, you have a memory captured for ever. Our theme image this week celebrates classic poses, groups of women, steps, university days and empty chairs. Whichever particular theme you are following, simply post your post on or around Saturday 3 July 2021, and add a link to the list below. And whilst you are standing about, take a look at what lies ahead.