Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Wading Shin Deep

For this Sepia Saturday Suggestion

Without taking a scientific survey, I would venture that the single most common event for a camera to be included is a day at the beach. And there are certainly a lot of pictures taken at the old swimming hole or the city pool. There is a large collection of beach photographs in LOST GALLERY, almost 600 photographs so far. Many of them are of people just standing in the water.

So today for Sepia Saturday, lets create a new exhibit just for people standing shin deep in water.

No, not chin deep. Not elbow deep or ankle deep. Not waist deep or knee deep either.

They must be shin deep.

You know, committed but not certain. Eager but Wary. Reserving a bit. Testing. You know the type.

Two women in water
Harriet, I think there are fish in this water.

If you have further interest in elbow deep, ankle deep, waist deep, knee deep and a few other depths, test out these other lost gallery pages:
At The Beach - Page One (Of Seven)
At The Beach - The Girlfriend (1 of 2)
At The Beach - The Old Days

These two are from an itinerant beach photographer. The first one in the next row is also.

By the sea 1963 One girl in water
Five women in the surf

woman in surf
After the canoe sank,
Nelda just walked home.
Hurry, this water is freezing!
No, I am not going any deeper.
Emptying the boat

Two women at the lake
Charlene and Daphne finally conceded
that one could not tap dance under water.
Girl in surf 4

Three youngsters in the surf
Hollie in the surf 993

At the left is an example of a home-crafted deckled-edge snapshot. It was done with pinking shears. LOST GALLERY has several of these. Hm. Maybe a new category?

Wading on a long hike with the reverse

Well, I am not sure that this pair ever actually went into that water. It looks as if it is moving pretty fast. I think it may be just a pose. If they had tried to wade into that stream up to their shins, I think they would be up to their necks very quickly.

The reverse reads: "Ruth Stevenson and my self wading (on a) day when we were on a long hike."

Yes. Sure. A long hike. Just look at those rugged hiking togs.

So now, wade on back to the Sepia Saturday home page and find out who else is in the water.

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
One Man's Treasure
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
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sites on the web.

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All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. I like the action shots better than the poses; the one of the two ladies with hats and their skirts hitched up is great. There are some very ‘shapely’ ladies here.

    1. Thanks Little Nell. I like the natural action shots better too. You can tell those ladies standing in the surf are watching for fish!

  2. As always - great pictures & wonderfully funny captions to accompany!! Nelda, walking home after the canoe sank, is my favorite. But the gal worried about fish in the water had me laughing out loud as I've been in that particular predicament with fish nibbling at your ankles & it is a bit disconcerting!

    1. Thanks La Nightingale. Glad you had a good laugh. You know sometimes when you look at a photograph it just sort of speaks. I'm sure it has happened to you too. I just write that down.

  3. Very appropriate photos and captions too. I guess mine were a mixture of ankle, shin and thigh depth shots or even just toes testing the water, or feet with shoes off 'just in case' :-)

    1. Thanks Jo Featherton. I am glad you enjoyed the page. I wonder why standing in water is such a popular pose.

  4. I agree with Marilyn. The buildings in the background of the posed photos are more interesting than the subjects!

    1. Thanks Sharon. I got those three pictures from a closed studio in Argentina. There were several showing the buildings of Mar Del Plata in the background.

  5. Eager but wary - sounds like me! Great photos and captions. Not all your photos displayed for me - I don't know why

    1. Thanks genepenn. Me too. I have always been wary about going into river or lake water. There are only a dozen photographs on this page but I don't know why they would not display for you. Perhaps Blogger or Flickr were having a hiccup at the moment.

  6. I hope it was only fish they were worried about.

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. I suspect "fish" was a euphemism for anything that might be lurking in those murky waters. Who knows what the imagination conjured up?

  7. At our beach I'm more concerned about seaweed -- can't stand when that stuff wraps around my feet. I'm sure I'd make a funny picture to add to your gallery!

    1. Thanks Wendy. Me Too! I guess I have seen too many sci-fi movies where a slimy creature slides up and wraps around your ankles and pulls you under. Ik. We'd both make funny additions to this page.

  8. A very precise sub-category. I doubt if anyone here got their head knees wet much less their head. It's interesting that amateur photographers stood on the shore, while the professionals waded into the surf.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Yes, I noticed that too. Maybe they felt they were protecting the camera.

  9. Somehow I feel that standing on the shore seems a more natural place to pose, but I think the photos of all the people photographed wading in the water are more interesting.

    1. Thanks Postcardy. Did you notice that most of the subjects standing in the water seemed somewhat out of place? The rest seem rather ambivalent and only a few appeared really comfortable. I was always on the shore. I carried the camera.

  10. The unposed pictures are surely the best, although I did like those tap dancing ladies.

    1. Thanks Kathy June. Ha! I like that one too. Don't they just look like they are doing a tap routine?

  11. The "Harriet" photo is beautifully composed and reminds me of a painting I've seen somewhere. I bet it would look great with an
    oil painting mask - but maybe that would be gilding the lily. There is an abundance of abundance here - lots of substantial ladies. Love your captions, as always.

    1. Thanks Helen Bauch McHargue. Yes that is a very good shot. Someone was really thinking behind the camera. Glad you enjoyed the page.

  12. I love your collection, not just the ones shown on this page. There are some collectors who take themselves and their collection far too seriously, they don't see the humor in this odd thing we collect. You always have the right balance. And an incredibly diverse collection.

    1. Thanks Tattered and Lost. You are very kind. I have been rescuing old photographs for decades but it has been the last ten years of easy access to the net that has given the collection a life of its own. Giving voice to the humor in the unidentified snapshots is a pleasure but the greatest reward comes when some of them find their way back to a family historian for safe keeping. Thanks again.



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