I try not to cheat, but I have to confess that sometimes I have been faced with temptation and found it hard work resisting. Imagine the situation : you have to choose a theme image for Sepia Saturday, it can be anything, and you know that whatever you choose will become a central feature in a photographic search for dozens of Sepia Saturday followers in a couple of weeks time. And you will be one of that dozen or so. You try to choose the image impartially, you try to separate the two parts of your being into watertight compartments : you as Sepia Saturday administrator and you as Sepia Saturday participant. But - and here is the confession - just occasionally you can't help thinking to yourself (and the thought is often accompanied by the slightest of self-satisfied smirks), "mmm, I think have something that will fit in with that theme".
Move forward a couple of weeks and you compose the Sepia Saturday Blog post for the theme in question. You recall that little thought that frolicked in the dark recesses of your mind a couple of weeks ago and you write, "Suitcases mean holidays. Holidays mean photographs. Ergo, suitcases mean a good crop of sepia goodies". And then all you have to do is to find the photo you had in mind and your own Sepia Saturday submission is complete. Easy Peasy.
But then Burnett's Law comes into play : "the more convinced that you have an old photograph somewhere that will ideally fit in with the Sepia Saturday theme, the more difficult it becomes to find it". You spend hours looking through albums and boxes. You ignore the wife, abandon the dog, forget to eat; you begin to fade away and queue-up to catch the fast train to purgatory. And all you come up with is a faded suitcase on an old railway platform (which you suspect you might have used before) and a thirty year old photograph of you in happier times before temptation came a-knocking on your door.
Take a lesson from me Ladies and Gentlemen : when temptation comes to call, bolt the door tight.
And with the door firmly closed, pop on over to the Sepia Saturday Blog and follow the links to see what others are up to this week.