Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sepia Saturday 280 : 23 May 2015


The themes for Sepia Saturday 280 - post your posts on or around Saturday 23 May 2015 - include boys, girls and dances. The caption on the old vintage postcard (which is here wrongly attributed to Flickr Commons but in fact comes from my own collection) reads "In Leap Year - The Ladies after a little wine and tobacco join the gentlemen in the drawing room". So another potential theme you could have is that of "reverses" - occasions when the usual arrangements are reversed. Whatever theme you go with - or ignore, the choice is yours - just post your posts and then add a link to the Linky List below. Here is what is just around the corning:




Well there you are ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. it is now time for you to step away from the mark, to unpost your posts and to join out with Sepia Saturday 280



Monday, 11 May 2015

Sepia Saturday 279 : 16th May 2015


First of all let me thank all those Sepians who responded - both on this Blog and on our Facebook page - to my post last week about the future of Sepia Saturday. If I have understood things correctly, everyone wants to keep Sepia Saturday going as a Blog and with weekly themes. If that is the case, so be it. We can perhaps make a few changes - I particularly like the idea of Sepians putting forward theme images - and I will continue to welcome these over the coming weeks. Marilyn and I will then put our heads together and come up with some proposals.

For the moment we have Sepia Saturday 279 - which features a picture of an old Australian blast furnace - to deal with (post your posts on or around Saturday 16th May 2015). You might want to go with safety, you might want to go with danger or you may want to find something within the image yourself to act as your own theme. And there is always, and always will be, the option of ignoring the theme and just sharing an old photograph. 

In order to encourage forward planning, here is a preview of the next three Sepia Saturday themes.

  



For now, throw caution to the wind,  go with the safe option or go with the dangerous one, blast it, just post your Sepia Saturday post and link it to the list below.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sepia Saturday 278 : 9 May 2015


Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 278 - post your posts on or around Saturday 9th May and add a link to the list below - is a little old and tired. It comes from the Flickr Commons archives of the Romanian photographer, Costica Acsinte. I thought it would provide a suitable prompt to remind us of those old and tired images in our collections. Images that are past their best or in need of a little care and attention. You might want to share images that have faded, images that have disintegrated or even images that have been restored. Or, as always, you can ignore the theme and just share any old image you want.

And talking about becoming old and tired, I have been giving some thought about Sepia Saturday itself. Marilyn and I have been sharing our thoughts about the whole Sepia Saturday roadshow and trying to decide whether it is still fit for purpose. It is right that we have a review, but it is equally right that such a review should involve as many Sepians as possible. At this stage I don't want to start listing definite options - because I am sure that there are options that neither Marilyn or myself have even thought of. But perhaps you might like to share your general thoughts about the future of Sepia Saturday as the first stage in pulling together a list of options for the future. Do you want Sepia Saturday to stay or go, do you want themes or no themes, should it be a blog or should it be Social Media based? Let us have your thoughts - and options - via comments to this post or via our Facebook group

But whilst our review takes place, Sepia Saturday steams on as always, so here are our next two themes so you can prepare for them.

279 : Safety : Danger : Industry

280 : Boys : Girls : Reverses

Reading back what I have just written I see that I have used the phrase "images that are past their best", a phrase that should be banned from the Sepia Saturday lexicon. We lovers of old images believe that no image can ever be past their best, they simply get more interesting as they get older. Like a lot of bloggers I know.



Monday, 27 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 277 : 2 May 2015


Our Sepia Saturday roadshow reaches the Vancouver Public Library Historical Photograph Archives (which are part of the Flickr Commons collection) and this photograph of a 1960 football game between The Kits and Delbrook. You might want to follow a theme like football or sport or action or any other theme that you can think of. Just post your post on or around Saturday 2nd May 2015 and add a link to the list below. 

Before the game starts, take a look at what is coming in future fixtures.

278 : Old and Decayed Photographs / Portraits

279 : Safety / Danger / Industry

By the time Sepia Saturday 277 comes around I should be back from holiday, so I look forward to playing along at Sepia Saturday with you once again.






Monday, 20 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 276 : 25 April 2015


Newlyweds. Babies. Newlyweds and babies. Babies and newlyweds. Cradles. Women with astonishing hairdo's.You might also want to consider book covers as well. Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 276 can accommodate all of these things as we visit the on-line archives of the Virginia Commonwealth Library.  Whatever you go with, just post your post on or around Saturday 25 April 2015 and add a link to the list below.

Before you open the book, take a look at what is around the corner.

277 : Sport / Football / Games / Action

278 : Decayed and Damaged Photographs

When you read this (hopefully), I will be on holiday (hopefully), sat on some beach reading some fascinating book (hopefully). Good luck





Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 275 : 18 April 2015


For Sepia Saturday 275 our tour of the photographic archives participating in the Flickr Commons project reaches the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office and, in particular, this image entitled "Hydro Electric Commission (H.E.C.) linemen maintaining electrical services, corner Bathurst and Barrack Streets (c1969)". The theme image might bring all sorts of things to mind - wires, cables, ladders, sky - or you might just want to post an image with a long and complicated title. Whatever you decide to post, post it on or around Saturday 18 April 2015 and leave a link on the list below. 

Before you start your blue sky thinking (grey sky thinking), take a look at what is coming over the next few weeks.

276 : Babies / Newlyweds (not necessary in that order)

277 : Sport / Football / Action

I am following the wires south to where the sky is blue and I will be away for a couple of weeks. I have scheduled the next couple of calls and hopefully they will appear on time (unlike most of my manual calls). If there is a problem Marilyn will, I am sure, intervene. If all else fails you can always give me a ring, but don't be surprised if the lines are all down.




Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sepia Saturday 274 : 11 April 2015


Looking out of the window and the sun is shining and Spring is in the air. The prospect for the coming months is warm summer sun, blue skies and Factor 98 Sun-screen. It is therefore a timely reminder from your Sepia Saturday host that you should be thinking of ordering your winter coal now. Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 274 - post your posts on or around Saturday 11 April 2015 - comes from the Library Company of Philadelphia (via the ever-faithful Flickr Commons) and shows a World War 1 era poster for the United States Fuel Administration. If you are a theme then you can think about horses, carts, coal, fuel, fires or posters. If you are a dreamer you can think about toasted bread around an open fire. Just make sure that amidst all that thinking you post your post and then link it to the list below.

And spare a thought for what is on the cart for the next couple of weeks

275 : Wires / Cables / Ladders / Sky

276 : Babies / Newlyweds (not necessarily in that order)

Such thoughts are for the future. For the present start shovelling those lumps of imaginary coal into the creative furnace that is Sepia Saturday