Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sepia Saturday - The Rowboat

This week the Sepia Saturday suggestion is a minimalist photograph of a girl in a row boat, rowing herself to the other side of the lake, to the other side of the day, to the end of time. Who knows?

Sitting alone in a rowboat is a bit of a metaphor for life itself, perhaps. One accepts a role in life and uses one's own abilities and the tools at hand to achieve whatever is necessary.

The Girl-in-a-Rowboat theme is one that LOST GALLERY collected before, a couple years ago. And we did a Sepia Saturday post about "People on Boats" ending with Marvin missing the boat altogether.

Actually, it isn't the rowboat that is the outstanding feature of the snap. It is the atmosphere of the photograph that tugs the most. It's contemplative, determined, confident. And maybe it's the isolation; perhaps it's even a bit lonely.

LOST GALLERY has photographs that prompt such a mood. Let's look at some of them.

windy beach

On the beach
Surf and Sand

mountain view
Somewhere over the rainbow.

cdv married

The young girl in this photo has a story. She can’t tell you the story because she is probably more than a hundred years old today and at the time of this photograph, her life expectancy was less than fifty years.

Items from LOST GALLERY seldom get much restoration as the fading, cracks and spots are part of their charm and their story of the journey to our time. But this one asked for some clarity. Removing the yellow and bumping the contrast just a little produced these details. No repairs were made.

Look at the face. Is it sad? Yes. It is a brave face but not confident. Her portrait interrupts something else going on in her life. She is not well. Actually, there are impressions of loneliness, uncertainty, resignation. Or maybe she is just a bit apprehensive, cautious about the photographer who just said, “Hold very still.”

The photographer handed her a book to hold in the pose. She holds it stiffly instead of letting it rest on her lap. She looks as if she is handing it back. She can’t read. Many women were not allowed to be educated a hundred years ago. It was not considered useful.

Her pose is arranged to clearly show her ring finger. You’d think she was too young to be married but then, we must remember how short life was a hundred years ago. She even looks pregnant. But maybe not. Perhaps it is a spinal curvature. She is leaning forward and to her right. Her hips seem to be off center to her left. Her hair hangs in curls across her high forehead. Her gaze seems to be fixed on us.

Perhaps she was just dreaming: Dreaming of wearing clothing that suited her own taste and mood, dreaming of an education, of having a respected profession and earning her own income, actually choosing whether she wanted children or not, actually living to see grandchildren, actually being able to vote, actually deciding her own destiny.

Perhaps she was dreaming.

Now here are four favorites from
the LOST GALLERY collection.

Here is a mood.

Girl in a mood
girl reading


Now shift back to the many contributions at the Sepia Saturday home page.

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
The best
sites on the web.

And for postcards try

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. How amazingly different the lives of the last four are from the young girls. You put together a fine collection. Love those last four.

  2. Thanks Tattered and Lost. I think the last four are quite special.

  3. The improved image of the young woman is quite striking in the way details are revealed after fixing the light and contrast. And I think you are right about her expectant appearance. The last four could each be a painting.

    1. Thinks Mike Brubaker. I was a little taken aback when I enhanced that one. And yes, those last four capture more than just an image.



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