Today's semi-abstracts relate to this week's Sepia Saturday theme.

Years and years ago my grandfather's cousin Peggy passed away and left him a color television set, which I subsequently inherited in the late 1970s. It was a "portable," although it weighed about 40 pounds, and among its then state-of-the-art features, it allowed you to manually and easily control contrast, hue, and saturation.

I experimented with these controls quite a bit, and especially liked to set them at various extremes and use the machine as a sort of light-show at parties, with the sound turned off. Here are a few samples of "paintings" I captured from the TV, circa 1986, some as double exposures. In the first one you can actually see the top of the screen.
Submarine desert

Apres le dejeuner a la jardin



Eastern Western dreams

Thousand-yard stare

The puppeteer




  1. Up, up and away, in my beautiful balloon!

  2. Fun stuff1 My first color TV had a lot of controls too. I don't know what my current TVs do. I only adjust the volume.