Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 329 : 7 May 2016

If I could gather my flock around me for a moment, I would like to reveal the theme image for Sepia Saturday 329. Look at that calm and gentle stance, look at all that wool - and I am only talking about the shepherd! In addition you have a sheep, a dog, a crook (I can think of several of my relatives who could fit into that as a theme) and a rustic fence. As usual, Sepia Saturday is bounteous with its potential themes. The theme image is from the collection of the National Media Museum on Flickr and was taken in the 1890s by the photographer Joseph Gale. It is entitled "Ninely and Nine" and if you want to know why you can read more about the image HERE. As always, all you need to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 7th May 2016 and add a link to the list below.

And here is a preview of the next couple of Sepia Saturday prompts.

We are working our way towards the end of Marilyn's set of prompts (and the end of the theme within a theme whatever that was) and I am starting to put together the set of Sepia prompts for the next quarter (July - September 2016). For the first month, I have chosen old photographs from within my own collection and I am in the process of adding these to the Sepia Saturday Flickr Group site. I should have finished the five for July by next week so you may want to take a look (I will provide a link then for those who aren't already in the group). If you think it is a good idea, what I would rather like to do is to get a couple of volunteers who would add theme images from their own collections which would cover August and September. You would need to add the four images to the SS Flickr Group, make them copyright free and add a description. And remember, the images will need something within them that can be interpreted as prompts for Sepians. Have a think about it.

That is far too much thinking for one week, it is now time to be gathered safely in for Sepia Saturday 329. Baaa.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 328 : 30 April 2016

Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 328 - post your posts on or around Saturday 30 April 2016 and link to the list below - is a 1914 photograph from the Flickr Commons collection of the Dutch National Archives. The caption of the photograph is "The Great War. Refugees from Antwerp, Belgium, bringing a painting into safety. Belgium, 1914" As with all Sepia Saturday visual prompts, you are free to go in whichever direction you want when interpreting this theme: there is plenty of subject matter in there just waiting to be rescued.

And if you want to look ahead and see what is around the Sepia corner, here are the next two theme images.

So that is refugees, sheep and typesetters - who said there had been a hidden theme within the themes over the last few months! Whatever the theme within the theme within the theme might be, all you need to do is to rescue your own pictures from obscurity and post them on Sepia Saturday 328.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 327 : 23 April 2016

If you inhabit this part of the world you cannot fail to be aware that this Thursday marks the 90th birthday of the British Queen - Elizabeth II. To mark the event our theme image this week features a photograph from 1943 which shows Elizabeth and her sister Margaret as young women who performed in a pantomime production of Aladdin at Windsor Castle. The picture comes from the Daily Herald archives which are now held at the National Media Museum. You might want to go with a royal theme or you might want to go all republican and celebrate pantomimes, ninety, or even the story of Aladdin with all its intrigue and trickery to achieve royal succession. Whatever you go with, just post your posts on or around Saturday 23 April 2016 and add a link to the list below.

While we wait for the curtain to rise on our production, you might want to take a look at what lies ahead in the weeks to come.

All that is for later - for the moment, Ladies and Gentlemen please be upstanding for "Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith".

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 326 : 16 April 2016

This week on Sepia Saturday we have a series of portraits of a baby - what was known as a Polyfoto - in an image which dates back to 1930s and is part of the Flickr Commons stream of the National Media Museum. There are all sorts of things you can do with this theme - you don't need me to make any suggestions - I can think of 48 separate little ideas straight away. Whatever ideas you have, all you need to do is to post your posts on or around Saturday 16th April and link it to the list below.

Before you get started, take a look at what little pictures are around the corner for the rest of April.

So, not wanting to repeat myself, repeat myself, repeat myself (stop it!) all I need to say now is compose yourself for Sepia Saturday 326.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 325 : 9 April 2016

Good gracious, I nearly missed the boat this week - it's already Thursday and the call for Sepia Saturday 325 is only just going up! Before you start stirring things up, before you start putting your oar in and muddying the water, let me say I have a decent excuse (and given a little time I will probably remember what it is). Whatever the reason for my poor performance, it's all water under the bridge now, it's time for a new start : so let's raise a flag for Sepia Saturday 325 (post your posts on or around Saturday 9th April 2016 and link to the Linky List below). The theme photograph comes from the collection of the British National Media Museum and features a boat carrying the Olympic Flag in 1948.

Before the starting pistol for Sepia Saturday 325 goes off, you may want to have a look at what awaits you in the next lap or two of Sepia Saturday (you can never count on this admin chap getting the calls out on time)

So off we go, it's time to raise the flag and launch the boat for Sepia Saturday 325.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Sepia Saturday 324 : 2 April 2016

A new month, a new inn, a new Sepia Saturday challenge. Our theme image this week comes from the collection of the National Media Museum and it is an early (1880) print of the main street in the Cornish fishing village of Clovelly. There are all sorts of themes to play with - streets, donkeys and even inns, hotels, pubs and all manner of such glorious venues. All you need to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 2nd April 2016 and then add a link to the list below.

And whilst you sit down and enjoy a glass of best stout, why not have a ponder about what sepia delights await you in the coming weeks.

But now it is "time, ladies and gentlemen please"; - time for Sepia Saturday 324

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sepia Saturday 323 : 26 March 2016

As that great cultural icon, Lord Elgin, once said: "life is just a game of marbles".  And it is with such a game that I round off my batch of Sepia Saturday prompts - the prompts for the next three months have been chosen by my fellow Sepia Administrator, Marilyn. So with this group of enthusiastic boys in their short trousers and school socks, the boys hand over to the girls, as far as the choice of theme images are concerned. This final image choice comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the National Library of Wales and has the romantic title (!) "Aspects of Amman Valley life before the Urdd Eisteddfod was held there in 1949" As usual, all you need to do is to examine where this image takes you in terms of your own old photographs - and take us along with you by means of a link to your blogpost on the Linky List below.

If you are already fed up to the teeth with my prompts, here is a little preview of what Marilyn has in store for us in the next couple of weeks. You can find a full listing of all the prompts for the second quarter of the year by following the link in the side bar.

I have been trying my best to remember how to play marbles, but - in a sign of the times - I have discovered that there is a YouTube instructional video which will probably explain the finer points and the subtle differences between "quitsies" and "keepsies". Here's hoping that you don't play quitsies and you joined us on or around Saturday 26th March 2016.