Sepia Saturday has gone back to using images as theme prompts rather than words and it is a change I welcome. I am always more comfortable with images rather than words : for some reason I find it easier to skim visual ideas off the surface of my consciousness rather than solid words which seem to sink to the depths. This is why I am not a poet. This is why I am attracted to blogging. Blogging allows you to stitch images together with a fine thread of words. So my thoughts skim off the theme image of a miniature train and come to land in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. It is a classic sepia snap taken by my Uncle Frank back in the 1930s. In his Frankish way he has titled the photograph "The Devonian Express coming into Weston Station".
I am sure that there are people out there who will tell me what type of engine it is and will be able to pin-point the precise date by the number of bogie wheels on the coal tender. But my thoughts do not land on the train, but on the waiting passengers. My enlarged image provides a perfect example of the advantages of the lack of quality and definition you got with cheap cameras eighty years ago. You are left with nothing but light and dark to stimulate your imagination : what is he reading, where is she going, will they meet, will they love?
No doubt they will simply climb aboard the 2.45 to Paddington without ever knowing of their brief encounter. Without ever knowing of their starring role in a blog post seventy-five years down the line. Who knows.
If you have a little time to spare whilst waiting for whatever type of train you are waiting for, step on over to the Sepia Saturday Blog and follow the links.