Friday, 30 September 2022

Sepia Saturday 641 : Saturday 1 October 2022


Books, beards and checks suggest themselves as possible themes for Sepia Saturday 641 - but you might be able to find other possible influences in this week's Sepia Saturday theme image. Whatever theme you choose, or whatever theme of your own you adopt, just post your post on or around Saturday 1st October and add a link to the list below. And take a look at what is around the Sepia corner.

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Sepia Saturday 640 : 24 September 2022


Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week features a cyclist being presented with a trophy, so there are a whole range of potential theme images to choose from. Make your choice and post your post on or around Saturday 24th September 2022 and link it to the list below. And then free-wheel down the hill and check out our next couple of themes.

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Sepia Saturday 638 : Saturday 10 September 2022


It's like waiting for a bus : you spend weeks waiting for one to come along and then three come along at the same time. So here are the next three image prompts for Sepia Saturday. This week it is the No, 638 we are waiting for which will take you to all places including queues, buses, raincoats, not to mention the fair city of London. Match the theme if you want, ignore it if you please. All you need to do is to get your submission linked to the list below on or around Saturday 10th September 2022. And whilst you are waiting for the next bus, you can have a look at the themes due in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Sepia Saturday 637 : 3 September 2022


Yet again I have forgotten to put the prompt up! Old age is catching up with me, which is quite appropriate for Sepia Saturday. So rather the wait for it to catch me, I’m catching a bus instead. You can join me by linking your sepia posts to the list below

Friday, 26 August 2022

Sepia Saturday 636 : 27 August 2022

A picture of a happy couple - my parent's-in-law as it happens. But there is a small child in the background making sure he gets into the picture. Today we call this "photobombing": the word may be new, but the action is far from being new. For Sepia Saturday this week you can feature examples of vintage photobombing, or feature couples, or feature whatever you choose. Just share an old photograph and add a link to the list below on or around Saturday 27 August 2022.  And whilst you are waiting for the child to get out of the way, take a look at the next couple of Sepia Saturday theme images.

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Sepia Saturday 635 : 20 August 2022


"Stand still!". "Look, you've got to stand still or else the photograph will be all blurred!" "Right, that's it, I've warned you, where's that glue?" Maybe I'm exaggerating, and maybe this poor child's hand has not been glued to the chair, but photographers from years gone by went to extraordinary lengths to ket their subjects to keep still. For Sepia Saturday 635 (post your posts on or around Saturday 20th August) you can  move with movement, or babies, or chairs .... or whatever you want. As long as it's old and it's new, that';s all we want you to do .... other than add a link to the list below. And whilst you are keeping still, let your eyes explore the next couple of Sepia Saturday themes.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Sepia Saturday 634 : 13 August 2022

Digging through old photographs, looking for clues as to place, time or person, sifting for details that will illuminate a story - lovers of old photographs are a bit like archeologists - dealing with pictures rather than places. Our theme image this week is just a detail of a larger image, one I cut out of a magazine many moons ago. Sadly, I have lost the details of who took the photograph, but it is masterful. I've added a little colour and focussed on just three faces: I like to think of them as three faces in search of a back story. I could say that this week, on Sepia Saturday, we are celebrating how images can help us find stories - but that is what we do every week on Sepia Saturday. So bring along any image you like, bring along any story - and add it to the Sepia Saturday Collection. Post you post, add a link and away we go. 

Next week we will be in search of more stories and more images and if you need a prompt - here it is.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Sepia Saturday 633 : 6 August 2022


For some reason that escapes me, the other evening we were looking up the definition of the word "vintage" and I was surprised to discover it was anything "more than twenty years old" Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week is over forty years old, so it must be verging on antique rather than vintage, and if that is the case, I must be positively prehistoric. The theme image to me suggest clothes and how they can be used to date photographs, but - as always with Sepia Saturday - you are free to wander down any byway of interpretation. All you need to do is to post a post on or around Saturday 6th August 2022 and add a link to the list below. And for those wanting to look what is around the corner - in a backwards direction, of course - here are the next theme images in line.

Saturday, 30 July 2022

Sepia Saturday 632 : 30 July 2022


Sorry folks, it's been one of those weeks. Thanks to Mike for reminding me that I hadn't put the Sepia Saturday call up. I can't even claim I have been ill in bed - my only excuse is a very demanding granddaughter. Here is the Link List for your Sepia Saturday efforts this week. I will get next week's up on time - promise.

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Sepia Saturday 631 : 23 July 2022


Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 631 comes from the East Riding of Yorkshire Photographic Archives and it is available to us all via the magnificent Flickr Commons initiative. It provides me with a useful opportunity to point lovers of old photographs not just towards Flickr Commons, but also to the establishment of the new Flickr Foundation which will help to move forward the vitally important work of preserving and sharing our collective photographic heritage in the decades to come. If you are not familiar with these recent developments I would urge you to take a few moments to look at the plans and proposals for this new non-profit making Foundation which can be found on their webpage. The Flickr Commons initiative was launched in 2008, just two years before our own Sepia Saturday challenge, and over the last twelve years we have frequently dipped into that wonderful photographic resource pool for inspiration. This week is no exception, and our prompt image features hats, ponies, traps, dogs and horses ... and all manner of other things. Use the image to inspire you and share your inspirations on or around Saturday 23 July 2022, and add a link to the list below. And whilst you are giving the ponies a little rest, take a look at what lies in the future here on Sepia Saturday.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Sepia Saturday 630 : Saturday 16 July 2022


Our theme for Sepia Saturday 630 is weight. Lots of weight or a little weight. A weight on your mind or a weight on your body. Machines that weigh or machines that are weighed. Big or small, fat or thin, all are welcome for Sepia Saturday 630. Just post your post on or around Saturday 16th July 2022 and add a link to the list below. And you can take a weight off your mind by planning your next couple of Sepia Saturday  submissions in advance - here are the themes...

Thursday, 7 July 2022

Sepia Saturday 629 : 9 July 2022

There is the usual choice of potential themes for Sepia Saturday 629. You can be on top of the world, or on top of a mountain, you can have sticks and you can have stones; not to mention odd carvings, dates and names. Whatever you choose, you can climb to new heights with Sepia Saturday. Just post your posts on or around Saturday 9th July 2022 and add a link to the list below. And whilst you take a breather on the top of the mountain, take the time to look at what is coming up the Sepia Saturday pathway.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Sepia Saturday 628 : Saturday 2 July 2022


Three kids captured forever in front of a wall. One holds a magnificent long bow, one holds a silver arrow with flights made from the finest eagle feathers, the third is King Richard, the Lionheart. They have their futures ahead of them - and they have their imaginations. Kids and imagination are the themes for Sepia Saturday 628. All you have to do is to post a post on or around Saturday 2 July 2022, and add a link to the list below. And whilst you are at it, you can let your imagination run wild by looking at the next couple of themes.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Sepia Saturday 627 : Saturday 25th June 2022


Anyone for tennis? For Sepia Saturday 627 (post your posts on or around Saturday 25th June 2022) we are inviting you to serve up your favourite old photographs. Just share any old photograph and tell us a little about it, and add a link to the list below. And whilst you are waiting for your turn to serve, take a look at what themes await you in the coming weeks.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Sepia Saturday 626 : 18 June 2022

One of the eternal questions for lovers of old photographs is "how do we know when they were taken?" Our sepia relics predate digital date-stamping by a century or more, and pencilled captions tend to be few and far between. So we are lovers of the inconsequential, ephemeral detectives, collectors of clues. When was Henry Baynton in "The Melting Pot" at the Royal Lyceum Theatre? When was the Vagabond King on at the Edinburgh Empire? (The answer, of course, is 1929 .... or maybe 1928 - photo dating is an uncertain art). This week on Sepia Saturday we are celebrating photo-dating. This, however, is Sepia Saturday which inevitably means we are celebrating old posters on walls, gable ends, custard and coffee - or any other interpretation you care to squeeze out of the theme image. Simply post your posts on or around whatever date it is and add a link to the list below. And take a look at what is to come around the gable end.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Sepia Saturday 625 : 11 June 2022

Step right into the nostalgia store - department stores like they used to be, with glass cabinets, wooden floorboards and cash tills that went ker-ching. Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 625 - post your posts on or around Saturday 11th June 2022 - is open to the usual wide variety of interpretations - the customer is always right. And whilst you browse the blouses, take a look at what features in the next two Sepia Saturday collections.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Sepia Saturday 624 : 4th June 2022

Cut the cake, fill the cups with tea from the urn, put on your paper hat, and smile, smile, smile. Yes, it is the Jubilee weekend here in the UK and we are celebrating it with a right royal Sepia Saturday prompt image. As with all our Sepia Saturday themes, however, it is open to interpretation, so whether you are a royalist or republican, whether you are in Bognar Regis or Botswana, you are invited to submit your old images to Sepia Saturday by adding a link to the list below, on or around Saturday 4th June 2022. And whilst you wait for your sausage roll to cool down and your glass of flat beer to warm up, you can amuse yourself by looking at the next two Sepia Saturday theme images.

Friday, 27 May 2022

Sepia Saturday 623 : 28 May 2022


Lying around doing nothing in particular is our theme for Sepia Saturday 623. It is a most appropriate theme because that is what I have been doing for the last few weeks and that has resulted in me forgetting to put the Sepia Saturday call up!. My apologies to you all, and my sincere thanks - again - to Barb for the timely reminder. I will add the next two call images as soon as I finish preparing them, but in the meantime you can add links for this week's Sepia Saturday (28 May 2022).