Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sepia Saturday 308 : 5 December 2015

Sometimes, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of daily life, you can feel alone. Your body might be walking down the supermarket aisle searching for your Christmas brussel sprouts, but your mind is miles away, walking along the beach of some desert island. Your hands might be writing anodyne words in endless plastic Christmas cards, but your imagination is exploring the very special world of old images. Be they old postcards, old family photographs or old book illustrations, it doesn't really matter: they all have a special attraction to us sepians. And as we sort out our images and write our words, we suddenly discover the footprints of other lovers of old images - footprints in the sepia sands of time.

Which is merely a single malt-whisky induced convoluted way of introducing our theme image for Sepia Saturday 308 (post your posts on or around Saturday 5th December 2015). Make of it what you will fellow sepians, let your imagination travel as far as that of Daniel Defoe when he wrote Robinson Crusoe - from which this illustration is taken (via the Flickr Commons stream of The British Library).

But before you start following the footprints in the sand, spare a thought for what awaits you next week. And don't forget you can see the rest of the 2015 theme images HERE, and the theme images for the first quarter of 2016 HERE.

But now it is time to sift through the sands of time and see what you can come up with for Sepia Saturday 308

Monday, 23 November 2015

Sepia Saturday 307 : 28 November 2015

First of all, an apology: I didn't get round to posting an entry for Sepia Saturday 306. But I haven't been resting, instead I was busy putting together the list of theme images for the first quarter of 2016. The idea of publishing a whole three months of themes in advance was tried for the first time in September and seems to have been successful - it makes things easier for me when I put together the weekly call post and Sepians seem to like the ability to plan ahead. The list of "theme images" for January to March 2016 can be found HERE.

Let me follow that up with another apology. You may look at this week's theme image and say something like "not kids playing games again!" Marilyn chose the theme images for the current quarter but it was not her fault that the two children's game images appeared in consecutive weeks - that was down to me as I swapped the running order around. If you have run out of children's game photos just dig a little deeper and look for other themes within this image which comes from the Flickr stream of the National Archives of Estonia. Or you can ignore any pretence of a theme and give us something entirely unrelated to children playing circular games. Whatever you do, do it on or around Saturday 28th November 2016 and enter a link to it on the Linky List below.

Before we get to the first quarter of 2016, we have the rest of 2015 to deal with. Here is a quick preview of our theme image for next week. If you want to see the remaining prompts for 2015 you can find them HERE.

And finally let me apologise (yet again) for all this looking ahead. I know us Sepians are far more comfortable in looking back into the past rather than looking forward into the future. So forget the rest of 2015 for now and forget 2016. Just concentrate on the week ahead, it will stop your mind going around in circles.

Sepia Saturday Theme Images : January - March 2016

Here is the full set of Sepia Saturday "theme images" for the first quarter of 2016. I have avoided identifying specific themes by name - if you are theming, it is up to you to spot something in the image to use as a theme, however direct or obscure that link might be . And, as always, there is no need to follow any theme - all we ask for is an old image and some new thoughts.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Sepia Saturday 306 : 21 November 2015

Seven boys in a back yard playing a game that would appear to involve throwing a ball or a stone into a line of upturned caps. It is the kind of game kids couldn't play today for what self-respecting child of the twenty-first century wears a cap? It is the kind of photograph that couldn't be taken today because it is hand-tinted. But it is the kind of theme image that would make any self-respecting Sepian think of caps, or children, or playground games or any of the hundreds of things Sepians like to think of. The photograph is from Norwegian DEXTRA Photo Collection stream on Flickr Commons and dates from the early part of the twentieth century. Unlike the strange game the boys are playing, there are no complicated rules to Sepia Saturday - all you need do is to post your post on or around Saturday 21 November 2015 and add a link to the list below. 

Whilst you are waiting for your turn to play have a look at what is around the corner and waiting for us at Sepia Saturday 307. And you shouldn't need telling by now, you can see all the themes for the rest of the year HERE.

But now it is your turn to play Sepia Saturday 306. Take careful aim and off you go.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Sepia Saturday 305 : 14 November 2015

The balloon has gone up. Sepia Saturday 305 is here. The balloon in question is one called "Le Neptune" and the photograph is taken from the Flickr collection of the Bibliotheque de Toulouse. You can decide to go in whichever direction you like with this prompt - as long as it is up, up and away. There are grand balloons, children's balloons, barrage balloons, weather balloons and all other kinds of curiosities and diverse objects (which you will see is the name of the Flickr album from which it is taken). Whatever you decide to do, simply do it on or around Saturday 14th November and add a link to the list below.

But before you have ascended so far you can no longer see what is happening back here on earth, take a look at the theme image for next week.

And if you want even more you can always find a full list of all of themes for the rest of the year HERE.

Such things are for the future, for the moment simply step on board the giant Sepia Balloon. Please make sure you have no sharp comments with you - we don't want the balloon bursting.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Sepia Saturday 304 : 7 November 2015

You would think that you would be glad to see the back of all those ghosts, spirits and ghouls that gathered around the Sepia Saturday 303 prompt last week, but they seem to have sneaked in again. There is a whole sub-literature on spirit pictures - something that was very popular in the late Victorian and Edwardian period. In most cases they can be explained by accidental double exposures, but perhaps out there is the exception to that rational rule. If there is you might want to submit it for Sepia Saturday 304 (post your posts on or around Saturday 7th November 2015). If you don't have any ghosts you could always follow a more logical interpretation of the theme image which is taken from the Flickr Commons stream of Norwegian Preus Museum. Whatever you decide to do, just post your post on or around Saturday 7th November and add a link to the list below.

Ghosts and spirits can see into the future, so they will have no difficulty in telling you what lies ahead for Sepia Saturday. Here is what they predict for Sepia Saturday 305.

If you want to see even further into the future you can always find a complete list of our theme images for the rest of the year HERE.

All this talk of ghosts has made me nervous. I need to calm down before I start searching through my own old family photographs for something suitable for Sepia Saturday 304. What I need is a nice, soothing glass of spirits. Cheers!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sepia Saturday 303 : 31 October 2015

We have a treat for you this week - or maybe it is a trick. It is an image from the collection of the New York Public Library - an old greetings card (although I can't imagine who would want to send cards at Halloween - aren't Christmas, Birthdays, Valantines' Day, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, and Easter enough!) If you give me a treat I will give you all sorts of potential themes you might want to follow. Without a treat, you are on your own: just post your post on or around Saturday 31 October 2015 and add a link to the list below. Before you go off knocking on doors and bothering the neighbours, take a look at what is coming next week.

Don't forget if you want the full list of theme images for the rest of the year, you can find them all HERE.

Halloween is "the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers".  And what are we Sepians dedicated to but remember the dead via photographic images : past people, past places, past events. Halloween is the natural sepia festival : Halloween Greetings To All.