A natural response to having a camera pointed in your direction is to smile. It has been drilled deep into our collective psyche over the years that we should "watch the birdie" and "smile". I am not sure when this habit developed - if you look at some of the earliest photographs, there is no trace of a smile on the faces of the Victorian and Edwardian sitters. But for the best part of 100 years, photographs have meant smiling faces: and if you get a group of sitters (or standers) crowded into a photograph, you can more or less bet good money on a smile breaking out somewhere. Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 287 (post your posts on or around Saturday 11th July 2015) shows a group of students - but there is hardly a trace of a smile between them. As far as potential themes are concerned, you might want to go with group photographs, students, or smiles or the lack of them - as usual, the choice is yours. Just post a post and then link it to the list below.
Before you dash off in search of miserable faces, cheer yourself up by taking a quick look at what happy themes are around the Sepia Saturday corner.
That is all for the future. For the time being, just stand still, compose yourself, and smile.