Wouldn’t it be great if we could make our own postcards? You know, mail our own travel photos to friends and family at home. I have that thought sometimes as I scan a wall of postcards and realize that DPs photos of that city, and perhaps a few of mine, are better than most of those for sale.
When we were still living in Mexico our friends Jay and Jenny invited us to a photo sharing party. Each person or couple brought along their travel pics from our most recent vacation and, together, we put on a slide show to end all slide shows. The photos were accompanied by commentary that was punctuated by ooohs and aaahs and questions and laughter. A bit of vacation-envy ensued. (I also remember there being a lot of Macs at that particular party). We have hosted a similar party in Barcelona. People love this show and tell for grown-ups!
A thing I love about looking at people’s travel photographs is that the pictures we choose to take often reveal what’s really important to us. I like to photograph small intimate moments that make me feel connected to a place and its people… even if those people are just passing through, like me. That tells you something about me, the photographer.
Amy, who blogs at “Lives Less Ordinary”, is writing a lovely and thought-provoking series on photography this week. In today’s post,”The Fire of Images: Why I Continue To Take Photos“, she says about photos: They are an invitation to connect through a sharing of perspective.
I like that idea very much. Our photos are more than just (digital) images of people, places and things; they tell a whole rich story about the photographer as well. Over the next few days, I am going to share my perspective(s) on travel by providing some homemade postcards I wish I had sent.
By the way, you actually can make your own postcards through a company called Moo. Check them out here.