Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sepia Saturday 224 : 19 April 2014


The other week I made a confession about my aversion to gardening and all things horticultural and I was challenged to include a possible gardening theme for a future Sepia Saturday. Well, here it is - for Sepia Saturday 224 (post your post on or around Saturday 19th April 2014) you can choose from gardens, gardening, watering cans, and men stood watching women do all the work. The title of this 1943 photograph, which appears on the US National Archives stream on Flickr, is "Frequent watering of the Victory Garden is necessary during the early stages of growth". You are, of course, able to interpret the theme image in any way you want : all you have to do is to post a post and link it to the list below. 

Before you start planting any seeds of a post, you might want to take a look at what is to come in the next couple of weeks.

225 - 26 April 2014 : Music, jukeboxes, the 1950s.

226 - 3 May 2014 : May Day, Dancing, Folk Traditions, Silly Poses

But before all that music and dance, it is time to concentrate on the flower power. Plant those old pictures and see what posts blossom



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sepia Saturday 223 : 12 April 2014


Why have one photograph when you can have a group of four? You are, of course, free to interpret this week's prompt photograph in whichever way you want, but one possible approach would be a grouping of four old photographs. There are other potential interpretations within this 1919 group of Smithton, Tasmania - indeed there are probably four times as many possible themes as normal. The original image comes from the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office collection on Flickr Commons. Whatever your interpretation, just post your post on or around Saturday 12 April 2014 and then link that post to the list below.

Before you go in search of your Sepia Quartet, spend a few moments looking ahead to the next couple of Sepia Saturdays.


224 - 19 April 2014 : Gardens, gardening, watering cans, and men stood watching women do all the work


225 - 26 April 2014 : Music, jukeboxes, the 1950s.

All that is for the future. For now, a little four thought will see you four warned.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sepia Saturday 222 : 5th April 2014


Danger is an odd thing. In our moments of sanity we all steer well clear of danger, but in those moments of exuberant insanity, we sometimes search it out in order to experience the thrill of the challenge. Why else would you get people sky-diving or sailing blindfold across the Pacific Ocean or cultivating nettles? But one man or woman's danger is another man's relaxing lunchtime drink. Here is a photograph from the Dextra photostream on Flickr Commons which I would really like to tell you more about but I am constrained by my lack of - I suspect - Norwegian. Given the international flavour of the Sepia Brotherhood (Sisterhood), I am sure someone will let me have a translation of the  Flickr description. It doesn't really matter because we are concerned with images rather than words and what this image says to me is danger. So your challenge this week is to somehow link an old photograph with the concept of danger (or anything else you can find in the picture) - and, as usual, the links may be as direct or as obtuse as you wish. Post the image on or around Saturday 5th April 2014, say a little about it, and then add a link to the list below. Now there is nothing dangerous about that, is there?

But before you go hanging from the top of a skyscraper wearing a sack over your head and carrying a live hand grenade, here is a quick preview of what you will be up against during the next couple of weeks in the event of you surviving your ordeal.


223 - 12 April 2014 : I was quite taken with the idea of a quartet of photographs displayed together, but you might want to focus on home town or hotels or main streets or even Tasmania


224 : 19 April 2014 : After my confessions in a recent Sepia Saturday post, I was challenged to have a prompt relating to gardening and all things flowery and vegetably. Here it is.

But to take part in those future challenges, you have to survive your brush with danger this week. So get out your bubble wrap suit, strap on your parachute, and drop in to Sepia Saturday 222.



Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sepia Saturday 221 : 29 March 2014


When I previewed this Sepia theme image a few weeks ago I suggested "floods, water, weather, floating cars and sepia skies" as possible interpretations. Looking back at this list now, I have to say that I, for one, am heartily sick of the first four on the list and I suspect the last suggestion is somewhat inaccurate. Those aren't sepia skies they are a kind of faded pink skies. But here at Sepia Saturday there is no such thing as a mistake, merely a new potential interpretation. So you can add to the list strange tints and colours in old photographs. I chose this particular photograph for a theme because it comes from a new contributor to Flickr Commons - the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Canada. Lovers of old photographs everywhere should celebrate every time museums, archives and galleries add their digitised image collection to Flickr for the free enjoyment of everyone rather that burying them within a barbed-wire corset of copyright laws. The photograph shows a barge moving cars to dry land during the waterways floods of 1936. Whatever your interpretation of the image all you have to do is to post a post on or around Saturday  29 March 2014 and then link to the list below. Before you put your wellies on and wade into this week's post, take a look at what is to come over the next couple of weeks:-


222 - 5 April 2014 : Our image features a couple of guys who look like they live dangerously. So our theme could point you in the direction of dangerous activities of all types


223 - 12 April 2014 : I was quite taken with the idea of a quartet of photographs displayed together, but you might want to focus on home town or hotels or main streets or even Tasmania

That is what awaits you when the flood waters of your current challenge eventually fall. But, for now, go with the flow and join us with Sepia Saturday 221.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Sepia Saturday 220 : 22 March 2014


Our sepia friend Postcardy suggested statues and monuments as a theme for this week and also pointed us in the direction of this 1914 photograph of the Jefferson Statue in Columbia (which is taken from the Library of Congress collection on Flickr Commons). Photographers of all ages and all times have always been drawn to statues : there is nothing like a mounted equestrian hero or a stone-clad voluptuous heroine to get the camera shutters clicking. So for Sepia Saturday 220 (post your posts on or around Saturday 22 March 2014) all you have to do is to highlight an old photograph which in any convoluted way fits in with the theme image and tell us a little about it. Post your post, link your link, visit your visitors and help make Sepia Saturday a monument to blogging nostalgia.

But before you adopt a frozen stance for eternity, take a look at what is around the sepia corner for the next couple of weeks:


221 - 29 March 2014 : Floods, water, the weather, floating cars, sepia skies : the choice is yours.


222 - 5 April 2014 : Our image features a couple of guys who look like they live dangerously. So our theme could point you in the direction of dangerous activities of all types

Such things are for the future. It is now time to look out all those monuments to a sepia age.


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sepia Saturday 219 : 15 March 2014

We have Wendy Mathias to thank for our Sepia prompt once again this week and she points us in the direction of domes, ceilings, arches, and significant buildings. The dome in question is that of the Reading Room of the Library of Congress in Washington. There is a rather pleasing pattern to the image - which dates from the very beginning of the twentieth century - so you might want to add patterns to the list of possible interpretations. Whichever direction you decide to go in, all you have to do is to post your post to your blog on or around Saturday 15 March 2014 and then link it to the Linky List below.

Here is a look forward at the next couple of Sepia Saturday prompts:



220 - 22 March 2014 : Statues and monuments feature in this theme suggestion from Postcardy and there are chairs and flags there as well.



221 - 29 March 2014 : Floods and water are possible interpretations for our theme picture this week

Now put all thoughts of statues and flooded fields aside and come back inside under that fine symmetrical dome and get your posts ready for Sepia Saturday 219.



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Sepia Saturday 218 : 8 March 2014


We have Sepian Wendy Mathias to thank for our theme image this week. It is from a series of images showing the areas in Sydney affected by the outbreak of Bubonic Plague in 1900. Wendy suggests fences, back yards or bubonic plague as possible theme suggestions, but, as usual, the choice is yours. All you need to do is to find an old image - whether it is linked to the theme image or not - say a few words about it, post your post on your blog on or around Saturday 8 March 2014, and then add a link to the list below. And if the search for a matching image leaves you pulling your hair out, you can always get your revenge on Wendy and the rest of us by suggesting a theme image yourself. Just drop me an e-mail with a link to the image you want to suggest (please make sure the image is either one of your own or a copyright free one).

Before you fence yourself in with potential images for Sepia Saturday 218, here is a quick preview of what is to come in the next couple of weeks.

Sepia Saturday 219 - 15 March : Domes, ceilings, arches, significant buildings (Again with thanks to Wendy Mathias)

Sepia Saturday 220 - 22 March : Statues and monuments feature in this theme suggestion from Postcardy and there are chairs and flags there as well.

But now, back to this week. Back in your own back yard. Back to the Sepia Past.