Here are the suggestions for this week's Sepia Saturday: Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 278 - post your posts on or around Saturday 9th May and add a link to the list below - is a little old and tired. It comes from the Flickr Commons archives of the Romanian photographer, Costica Acsinte. I thought it would provide a suitable prompt to remind us of those old and tired images in our collections. Images that are past their best or in need of a little care and attention. You might want to share images that have faded, images that have disintegrated or even images that have been restored. Or, as always, you can ignore the theme and just share any old image you want.
|Margaret in her CGIT uniform, Margaret's mother - bald with sunglasses, and the pastor, oblivious to the mystery.|
It was the summer of 1954 and a fine warm day. Margaret's mother and many of our parents had come to CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training) camp for the Sunday visit. My friends and I were all attending the camp. Like the rest of the parents, Margaret's mom was dressed up and wearing a hat for the small church service the pastor conducted. After the service, my father took the pastor's photo. Margaret and her mother were captured in the background.
In this developed photo, Margaret's mother's hat AND HER HAIR had vanished. Not only does she appear to be hatless, she looks bald! Examining the scene with a magnifying glass, I can see smudgy things and odd patches of light in the lattice fence behind her. Could that be her hat and her hair? Everything else in the photo seems to be in place - Margaret's hair is in place on her head; the pastor's hair is on his head. What kind of photographic hiccup might cause such a specific boo-boo to occur? I can remember my father and I looking at this shot over and over again hoping something would suddenly strike us and explain the situation. The best we could guess, it was some kind of double exposure where the second exposure just happened to eliminate both hat and hair. Any better ideas?
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