Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Sepia Saturday 343 : September 2016


So here we go with the second of our experimental monthly Sepia Saturday prompts - and this month it is work and play. Our theme image features a young mill girl turning her back on the loom she is supposed to be minding and gazing out of the mill window and, perhaps, thinking of the fields or the river where she should be playing. Our August brace of themes - love and marriage - were said by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn to "go together like a horse and carriage", but you might challenge the assertion that work and play have such a symbiotic relationship. This is a Sepia Saturday theme, however,  rather than a philosophical discourse and therefore all you need to do is to provide us with an old image and a few words that is some convoluted way relates to either work or play or any combination of the two.

In line with our new experimental rules you can post as many times as you like throughout the month - simply link the posts to the list below and number them 1/2/3 or whatever. Keep your feedback coming in terms of how you like this new approach: all I can say is that it makes things a lot easier for me. If we decide to continue the monthly approach I will post an advanced call for October in a couple of weeks time. In the meantime, if you have any theme suggestions (it doesn't have to be a couplet "x and y" but that might be a useful approach until we get used to things) then let me know.

Here is a quick preview of our call for October (thank you Sue for the suggestion)







33 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

Starting with his ID badge and then some photos of my Dad's more leisurely pursuits!

ScotSue said...

I have followed the mill theme, with the life of workers at Rhymer's Mill in my local village, Earlston in the Scottish Borders.

ScotSue said...

Hi, Alan - some thoughts here on possible monthly themes. I hope some have an appeal:

On the Move/Travel & Transport
War & Remembrance
Best Bib & Tucker/All Dressed Up
Sun, Sea & Sand
Best Feet Forward
Friends & Family
In Sickness & in Health
Pageants & Parades.

Mike Brubaker said...

I'm back and have an appropriate set of photos for this week's/month's (?) theme. Maybe it should be Sepia Saturdays plural?

Deb Gould said...

I've been absent for a while; am back now! Nice to see you all again! I'm following the mill theme here...

La Nightingail said...

Gazing out a window - for whatever reason - is universal.

Kristin said...

Some combined photographs of my old home 2016 and 1963. There is one of my sister and me looking out of a window but no Mill.

Jo Featherston said...

My first post on this theme is a postscript to the tribute I recently wrote for my Dad

La Nightingail said...

On to week two and gazing wistfully out a window.

Little Nell said...

My post has both work and play.

Lorraine Phelan said...

I'm back after a long break and looking forward to reading the month's blogposts.

ScotSue said...

The highs and lows of work from a steeple-jack to a post office worker merging from a manhole.

Jo Featherston said...

Week 2 features my great Aunty Flo at work and play.

Jo Featherston said...

Week 2 features my great Aunty Flo at work and play.

Barbara Rogers said...

Two ancestors have birthdays this weekend.

Mike Brubaker said...

A long story on work and play. I've been waiting for a good theme to tell this tale. It's a musical family story with a tragic twist.

Tattered and Lost said...

My first contribution for the month has me thinking of spinning and floating.

Alan Burnett said...

Thanks Sue for those suggestions - there are some really good ideas there. So, fellow Sepians - what do you think? Do we continue with the monthly themes? Marilyn and I have a summit meeting planned in a couple of months, so ideas and suggestions please.

In the meantime my first post for September features the work side of the work/play relationship.

Linda Ann Nickerson said...

Thanks for the vintage photo prompt. I used it with a new poem at Nickers and Ink. Hope you have a lovely week.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

I like the monthly theme. This week I was thinking about what some people see looking into a window.

ScotSue said...

Thanks, Alan, for your comment. I like the monthly theme approach. Whether it has attracted more contributors, as you hoped, perhaps it is too early to say. I would like it to continue for a few more months at least and look forward to getting other blogger views.

Kristin said...

More combined then and now photographs. This week of my father's first church in Detroit and the story of beginning and ending of that ministry.

ScotSue said...

Women in the workplace is my theme this week, among them munition worker, farm workers, a hairdresser and a dress maker, not forgetting housewives.

ScotSue said...

Take a look at Women in the Workplace, from munition workers to farm workers, a hairdresser to a dressmaker, not forgetting housewives.

Barbara Rogers said...

This week is my mom's week...her life was lots of work, but she did enjoy some great leisure pursuits.

Mike Brubaker said...

A belated contribution to last month's theme but repeated here so that everyone can see what I was doing three weeks ago. Musical of course!

Mike Brubaker said...

Opps! I messed that up. The first two go to my post from last weekend.

Instead click the third link which goes to my current post.

Mister Linky did not cooperate when I tried to fix it.

La Nightingail said...

These monthly prompts tax the imagination a bit. Maybe that's not so bad a thing. But I don't see the number of participants increasing. Actually, they're decreasing which is really too bad. I'd like to see us go back to the weekly prompts, myself. I think it'll wake us back up. :)

ScotSue said...

Having focused on work all month, it is time to have some fun - and Play.
I have been a supporter of the monthly theme, but there is no denying that the number of contributors has fallen sharply. I would like to see more bloggers give their views on the issue of weekly/monthly themes.

Jo Featherston said...

My third post for September features men, children and a dog, none of whom are actually working in the photographs but still fit the theme I think. I agree with La Nightingail - less posts, less comments and harder to come up with weekly posts on the same theme, despite its broader focus.

Barbara Rogers said...

Definitely a woman before her time...first female dentist in Texas...my cousin Alice Attaway.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

I fell behind and got caught up in a huge wave of nostalgia. Enjoyed this theme and
could have produced more posts, but life gets in the way. I'm not sure I have much
material for the upcoming theme. I like the theme but agree that people are falling away.
Many will be satisfied with one submission per theme...or one a month.

Mike Brubaker said...

Okay, I've just squeaked in with just 15 minutes before the calendar flips over to October. I hope someone will check out this last story of young musicians at work.