Monday, 13 November 2017

Sepia Saturday 394 : 18 November 2017


Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week features all those elements of a great Victorian or Edwardian studio photograph - a beautiful woman, an elegant dress and some lovely flowers - all set against a fine studio back-cloth. You can match all of these elements, some of them, or some elements of your own choosing. All you have to do is to post your post on or around the 18th November 2017 and link it to the list below.

And here is a quick look at what awaits you on the next couple of weeks on Sepia Saturday.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Sepia Saturday 393 : 11th November 2017


Our theme image this week features either a small man with a normal camera on his head or a normal man with a big camera on his head! It's all a matter of perspective. Share your perspectives or cameras, or photographers by posting a post on or around Saturday 11th November and linking it to the list below.

Here is what lies ahead:-

Monday, 30 October 2017

Sepia Saturday 392 : 4 November 2017

 "Tis Hallowe'en and I'm here again". Well, actually, I'm not, I'm off on holiday. But my spirit lives on and is happy to provide you with this week's prompt image, Do with it as you will, but post your post on or around the 4th November 2017.

Here are the next two prompts, which - if the system is working well - will automatically be posted at the relevant point of time.

And if they do not, I will personally give them a big poke with the business end of my broomstick to get them out there! (Marilyn)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Sepia Saturday 391 : 28th October 2017

Our theme image this week features a troop of majorettes marching through the streets of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. They were, in fact, taking part in the Yorkshire Miners' Gala parade in the early 1980s, and - suitably for the time and the event - they were marching past Rotherham Conservative Club! I have no idea what you are going to make of this as a theme - but street parades, uniforms and galas come to mind. Whatever you go with, simply post your post on or around Saturday 28th October and add a link to the list below.

Next weekend is suitably close to Halloween and therefore we have a topical theme. The weekend after we have a photographer on his travels with a rather large camera. I will be on my travels over the next few weeks - hopefully my camera will be easier to pack than this one!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sepia Saturday 390 : 21 October 2017

Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week features a young girl standing outside a door (No. 24 as it happens). The photograph comes from a collection of old and unwanted prints I bought on-line - the girl long forgotten, the house long-renovated, the iron railings long melted-down for scrap. There are many potential theme ideas you could follow up - the choice is yours. All you need to do is to post your post featuring an old image on or around Saturday 21st October 2017 and add a link to the list below.

Whilst you wait for someone to answer the door, perhaps you would like to spend a moment or two looking at what awaits you for the next couple of sepia weeks.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sepia Saturday 389 : 14 October 2017

Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week is another from the Flickr Commons photo stream of the Sutton Archives (The Past On Glass) and it shows a young girl sat at a desk. Her name was Betty Ayles and the photograph was taken in May 1911. In the same archives there is a very similar photograph of the same young girl, this time sat at a piano. Whether she is sitting at a piano or a desk there is obviously cuteness in abundance in these studies. You might want to go with cuteness or desks, writing or lighting - as ever the choice is entirely your own. Simply post an old photo on or around Saturday 14th October 2017 and add a link to the list below.

The little girl in our theme image was in fact writing the list of Sepia Saturday theme images for the final quarter of 2017. These were the next two images on her list.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Sepia Saturday 388 : 7th October 2017

Here we go with a new season of Sepia Saturday and our first theme image provides us here in the northern hemisphere with a taste of things to come (and you in the southern hemisphere with a reminder of what you might just have got rid of).  The photograph is in fact one of my old shots, taken in the early 1980s in Sheffield. I used it recently in one of my Facebook Posts and Sepian Kristin Cleage suggested it would make a good Sepia Saturday prompt (and that she had a good match for it). You can draw whatever prompts you want out of the image - cars, streets, snow, fog, city life or whatever. Once you have chosen your image and posted your post (on or around Saturday 7th October 2017), link it to the List below.

Whilst you are waiting to cross the road, you might want to think about what is around the corner heading in your direction.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Sepia Saturday 387 : 30 September 2017

You may not realise it, but flying the Sepia Saturday is no easy task. There are dials to watch, levers to pull, switches to switch, and the co-pilot, Alan Burnett, to keep sober. You could be excused if you thought this was a picture of either Alan's or Marilyn's office desk; but in fact it is a photograph of the cockpit of a 1948 B-36 plane which appears on the Flickr Commons stream of the American Aviation Historical Society. It may put you in mind with dials and switches, or planes boats and trains, or it may simply suggest to you the concept of complexity. Whatever switches you on, let it switch on your Sepia Saturday post this week. Simply post your post on or around Saturday 30th September and add a link to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for clearance for take off, please read the safety instruction card and note that the emergency exits are being pointed out to you by your friendly cabin staff. And before you adopt the brace position, take a quick look at what awaits you in the coming weeks - providing, of course, that the plane makes it safely to its destination.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sepia Saturday 386 : 23 September 2017

Flickr Commons - National Science and Media Museum - Daily Herald Archive
Our theme image this week is from 1953 and shows a young Prince Charles looking out of the window of Buckingham Palace on the occasion of his mothers' Coronation. All sorts of potential themes come to mind - looking out, windows, small children and small details which form part of larger photographs. Whichever theme you choose, just share an old photograph in a Blogpost and add a link to the list below on or around Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Whilst you are watching out, waiting for the main event to start, take a look at what is around the Sepia Saturday corner.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Sepia Saturday Theme Images : October - December 2017

Here is the full list of theme images for the coming quarter. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Sepia Saturday 385 : 16 September 2017

I suspect we have had fishing before and I know we have had boats before, but I ask you to be patient. Or rather think about patience, because that is part of the title of this 1900 photograph which forms part of the Flickr Commons stream of the Mississippi Department Of Archives and History.  You may have been patiently waiting for this theme to appear for months, or maybe you are thinking that it is time to think up some new themes. Once again, I would ask you to be patient - Marilyn and I are working on the list for the last quarter of the year at the moment. So whilst you are patiently waiting for the list to appear why not fish out some old photo that might (or might not) match our theme this week and once you have posted it, add a link to the list below.

And whilst you patiently wait for a bite, here is what is left of our themes for the third quarter of 2017.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Sepia Saturday 384 : 9th September 2017

Cute kids! Everyone has some cute kids somewhere in their collections. Cute kids using common household objects to build fantasy horses, spaceships or whatever is a theme as old as photography itself (although I would tend to draw the line at an axe!!). Whether this theme image (taken from the City of Vancouver Archives) reminds you of horse and carts or health and safety, we want to hear from you. Just feature one of your old images in a blog post on or around Saturday 9th September 2017 and add a link to the list below.

Here are the next two theme images:-

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sepia Saturday 383 : 2 September 2017

Our Sepia Saturday prompt image this week is the cover of a book entitled "Warne's Useful Books - The Modern Bicycle". It comes from the collection of book illustrations which form part of the British Library's contribution to Flickr Commons. As usual you are free to interpret the theme in whichever way you want to - simply post your contribution on or around Saturday 2nd September and add a link to it in the list below.

We are getting towards the end of our current list of themes, so I will try and get a new one up during the coming week so you know what to expect for the rest of the year. Here, however, are the next two theme images coming your way.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Sepia Saturday 382 : 26 August 2017

Last week we had a horseless carriage (or bike), next week we have a horse chasing a bike (or carriage), and this week we have some graceful carriage. When I look at this old photograph from the Flickr stream of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women, I think of school gymnasiums, swinging ropes, vaulting horses, poise and balance. That is merely what I think of, what we are interested in is what you think of. What do you have in your stock of old photographs that might match this theme image? Whatever it is post a post about it on or around Saturday 26th August 2017 and add a link to the list below.

And here is what we have awaiting us for the next couple of Saturdays.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sepia Saturday 381 : 19 August 2017

Our theme image this week shows a dispatch rider repairing a motor cycle in France during the Great War. The August 1915 photograph is part of the collection of the British Museum which is available on Flickr Commons. There are the usual generous collection of potential themes available within this image - you don't need to get down on your back with your spanners out to find them. Whatever theme you discover, just match it with an old image from your own collection and post it on or around Saturday 19th August and add a link to the list below.

Carriages and cycles seem to be cropping up a lot at the moment - here are the next two theme images.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Sepia Saturday 380 : 12 August 2017

Portrait of Herman Bang. Royal Library of Denmark Collection
In full profile, looking to the left is the Danish author Herman Bang, featured in this 1880 Cabinet Card. And if that sentence does not provide you with enough potential themes for this week's Sepia Saturday, you might want to take note that Bang was one of the leaders of the "quiet existences" literary movement which concentrated on "ignored people living boring and apparently unimportant lives". If ever a phrase summed up a fair proportion of my family, it is that one. So there is no excuse, this week - everyone must have an old photograph that fits somewhere into this collection of themes. All you need to do is to feature it in a post (on or around Saturday 12th August) and link the post to the list below. 

And you might want to interrupt your boring and apparently unimportant lives long enough to cast your eyes over the next couple of themes for Sepia Saturday.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sepia Saturday 379 : 5 August 2017

 If you are of the opinion that we tend to repeat our Sepia Saturday prompts a little too much, you have to admit that this week for Sepia Saturday 379 (post your goats on or around the 5th August 2017 and link them to the list below) we have something a little different. It is time to look out your old family pictures which feature regimental goats - we all have one or two hidden away somewhere. If you haven't got any goaty images, well shame on you, you will have to improvise by finding a photograph of Great Uncle George with his goatee beard or your old nanny, or something similar.

And whilst you are chewing that problem over, you might want to look at what is awaiting you over the next couple of weeks.