Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sepia Saturday : Gladys and Amy



Like all good things, Sepia Saturday started as a joke. In writing a Theme Thursday post a while ago, I needed something cuddle up - in an alliterative sense - with Wordless Wednesday and Fun Friday, so I invented Sepia Saturday. My Blogging friend Kat (Poetikat) asked me whether there really was a Sepia Saturday and I had to confess to my invention. We both agreed that even if such a celebration didn't exist, it should do and therefore resolved to introduce it without further delay. The rules of Sepia Saturday are quite simple - post some kind of sepia picture on a Saturday! In the best traditions of such things we will make any other rules up as we go along. Anyone can take part and the pictures can be either old sepia pictures or newly-created sepia-toned images. So let sepia reign supreme in all its tonal glory.


My entry for this week is a picture of my mother (Gladys, on the left of the picture) and my Auntie Amy (on the right, standing). It is one of my favourite family photographs and I cannot look at these two lovely young girls without remembering them some 80 years after the picture was taken. Amy was living in a Nursing Home in Scarborough and in her nineties and I had taken my mother - herself in her late eighties - to see her. Seeing these two old sisters together suddenly brought back memories of the picture which had been taken eighty years ago. A picture which is somehow improved by its sepia glow.


YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE .......
POETIKAT'S INVISIBLE KEEPSAKES : Take a look at the other Sepia Saturday post at Kat's wonderful Blog.
THE CLAYTON COUSINS : From the News From Nowhere Archives - the story of Amy and Gladys' cousins.

22 comments:

  1. That is a lovely picture! You need a Mr. Linky so we can all sign up! I'll see if I can't find a sepia picture in my files and get it up tomorrow!

    A splendid idea, Alan!

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  2. I love seeing pictures of my family members from when they were young... we just had Thanksgiving here in the states and my grandmother brought out picture of my parents, aunts and uncles from 40 years ago... it was so fascinating to see!

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  3. Those two are so stinkin' cute!!!!

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  4. Alan

    What a great idea!

    Thanks for sharing such a family treasure.

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  5. Lovely old family shot, and it works in the old sepia. For myself, sepia is something that works as an old image, I don't get along with modern digital images 'sepia toned'. I used to use a lot of the 35mm colour filters; graduated tobacco etc, I still have about 30 of them. Now I hate them . I used to do a lot of manipulation in photoshop, got rid of it. I'll be a silent watcher, except for old photos. Well, got that off my chest.

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  6. Alan! You'll never believe it, but I have done the same thing. I selected photos of my mom and included one of her with her sister.

    This is certainly a charming one you have posted here. The photographers really knew how to pose people back in the day, didn't they? Now we usually have a bunch of people standing around like lumps.

    I'm glad you posted some rules; I just sort of invited people to jump on board if they wish.

    And I do think the Mr. Linky is a great idea.

    This should be some fun!

    Thanks, my friend,

    Kat

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  7. see what happens when you open your mouth? lol. actually this one is a bit of fun...love the pic. they are so nostalgic for me...

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  8. Greetings,
    This is a great idea, Alan.
    Since I haven't collected any sepia images, can you tell me what software or process I could use to create a sepia effect?
    Evelyn in Montreal

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  9. Oh yes, a great idea and a brilliant photo.
    I have a lovely one of my Mum and I asked her once if I could post it and she said 'no, what if someone from my past saw it and wanted to get in touch?'. The internet terrifies her a bit!
    x

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  10. What a lovely photo - two beautiful girls indeed. I love sepia prints. I have a sepia setting on my camera, although my subjects often don't lend it the level of class it deserves...

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  11. Sepia Saturday sounds like fun. I have an old photo from a photo shoot of the Saturday Evening Post with my uncle in the shot. Come by my blog soon and it will be up.

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  12. Mine is up now too, Alan! Come see!

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  13. It's actually a really modern pose for such an old photo. Usually these pics were very formal and stiff. It's quite lovely Alan. It would take me ages to dig out the old photos, I'm not sure I even remember where they are.

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  14. This is a lovely idea, as I enjoy thinking about my own ancestors and seeing pictures of other people's.

    Really very nice portrait of two sisters! Thank you for posting it.

    I posted my own today too.

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  15. Time is a mystery to our brain as we can hold onto the past as if it is yesterday, feeling every emotion while looking at the present. I really appreciate the picture and the story of your mother and aunt. I bet they still have the same relationship today and a bond that will never break. I am going to have to drink a lot of coffee and do a lot of nothing to get into a sepia state of mind. I will try it if I remember, because I can.

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  16. Sepia Saturday is a wonderful idea and this is a great photo

    I shall join in as and if and when I get organised!

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  17. That's such a wonderful picture!

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  18. Thanks everyone for commenting and a big thanks to all those bloggers who have joined in with this first Sepia Saturday. It has been far more successful that I had thought possible, the theme seems to be already spreading around blogland. I will talk to Kat during the week and suggest that we need to organise things for future Sepia Saturdays (thanks for the suggestion of a Mr Linky Betsy). Evelyn, I have noted your question about converting images into sepia and I will get back to you on this. Once again, thanks everyone : Sepia Saturday will be back next week.

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  19. What a great set they were photographed in... thanks for sharing more of your family! -J

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  20. Great photo & a great idea for a participatory series. Sadly, my own sepia-toned series, "Dad's Photos," is on the verge of ending.

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  21. Sorry I didn't see this til Sunday...As I have no sepia prints, I'll play with the software and see what I can do for next Saturday.

    Your Aunty and Mum were very cute, and this is a fun idea!

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  22. But what in the developing process made them sepia - or is it just age? I swear my skin is going sepia.

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