Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sepia Saturday 283 : 13 June 2015



Alan from Sepia Saturday says:


Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week shows a group of construction workers celebrating the completion of a railway tunnel on the Irish rail network. It might prompt you to dig into your own photographic archives and come up with photographs of tunnels, construction projects, or dates carved into the stonework. It might also prompt you to share some other image which you feel is connected in one way or another to the theme image.
Barbara Conner (nee McLoughlin) Leith Waters 8 August 1971
Cor blimey - for some reason it was very difficult to find a photo to match this week's theme.  

I know it's not railway or construction but my mother's pose is kind of imitating one of the construction worker's stances to the right of the prompt image.

Now - my father labelled the photo above Leith Waters - I wonder if it is more properly called the Water of Leith?  

Here's another one of me in Bath Abbey Wells Cathedral I think...not sure...somewhere in near Bath at any rate..


Alex Bath Abbey ?         Wells Cathedral Tuesday 22 June 1971

I wonder how many people have walked up those stairs?  A few I'm thinking

And continuing the theme of people walking away from their partners or parents in old tunnelly places....


Cas walking out of Guard Tower Port Arthur Tasmania 7 July 2014


Yes, I made this photo sepia - it was colour originally....and to prove it was an old building....here...you can read the date carved into the stonework for yourself - 1835.



Cas outside Guard's Tower Port Arthur Tasmania 7 July 2014

For more takes on this week's theme head over here.

22 comments:

Jo Featherston said...

Lovely atmospheric photographs here, even the recent two that you've sepiarised.

Postcardy said...

Some more words new to me: "cor blimey!"

La Nightingail said...

They're all neat pictures & appropriate for the theme, but there's something about that first picture that really drew my eye - I think perhaps because it looks like a place I'd like to take a walk. And there's just something about your mother's stance and expression, too . . . ? :)

Mike Brubaker said...

Great mix and on the mark for this theme. I think tunnels have always inspired (and challenged) photographers.

ScotSue said...

An intriguing take on the theme - I was attracted by your mother being near the Waters of Leith. My husband's mariner ancestors came from Leith and our daughter worked there (at the police station) for some years.

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Wendy said...

The arches look tunnel-like even if they're not. And the date on the building puts you right on target. I like all these photos -- they seem very artsy and could serve as prompts in their own right.

Little Nell said...

The first two are particularly wonderful. Could that be Wells Cathedal steps? - They are quite famous. If you google Wells Cathedral you will get lots of shots that fit your image. Not so with with Bath Abbey, but I could be wrong.

Nancy said...

What beautiful arches! The one of you walking up the steps -- those steps are amazing. They look liked they've been there and used for a thousand years. (In America, I fear, they would have been torn out and new put in -- a complete destruction of history.)

Brett Payne said...

That first photo has a great composition.

diane b said...

You did well as always to find old shots to fit the theme.

TICKLEBEAR said...

I do like your picture of Bath Abbey (c. 1971).
It's got a great cinematic feeling.
:)

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Jo - I felt that I was really struggling this week...photo albums all over the couch and much sucking of teeth!

Alex Daw said...

Hah ! I think that's a very cokney expression - probably picked up from some movie or tv show. But now that I've googled it, it's origins are interesting aren't they?

Alex Daw said...

I know what you mean...it is very inviting isn't it?

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Mike. We've had some great takes on the theme this week.

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Sue. I do believe our paths must have crossed at some time :)

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Wendy. I was delighted to find a date on a building I must say. I was beginning to get a bit desperate ;)

Alex Daw said...

Bless you Little Nell. I think you are correct. I have looked back at the little notes in Dad's folder and we did go off and visit Wells while we were staying in Bath so I am going to adjust accordingly. Hoorah for those in the know :) My memory is not so fab given that it was nearly 50 years ago.

Alex Daw said...

Dear Nancy - I live in a place pretty much like you I'm afraid - all very sad. Out with the old, in with the new. Mind you, sometimes the old, which is not so very old at all, was pretty hideous to begin with.

Alex Daw said...

Dear Brett - I have a ghastly confession to make. I cropped the original. It had me in it and it "didn't add value" - as seems to be the popular phrase these days. I was very overexposed and difficult to see...I thought this was better.

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Diane. The hunt is always exciting ;)

Alex Daw said...

Dear Ticklebear - Little Nell was quite right I think...it's more likely Wells Cathedral but I agree - it looks very dramatic - positively reeks of history - yes?