Postcards I Wish I Had Sent: A Series

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.

People in my tribe are also sharing their travel photos on facebook and flickr.

2 comments

  1. As a junior traveler(compared to monna's adventure scale) i too enjoy a good post card. my bulletin board collection contains the images of cinque terre, the rialto bridge in venice and a stern looking man found at the uffizi gallery in florence. my problem is…i never remember to send them once i buy them. i pack them safely in a book and promptly forget about them for a few years. i beautiful reminder of a trip, a feeling of guilt for not having sent it…then a feeling of mischief as i realize…the intended did not know what was intended. i am free to keep my post card.

  2. Hi Littlest.It must run in the family. I also forget to send some of my postcard finds… I actually have postcards from Budapest and Prague that I will be sending soon. Try to act surprised when one arrives in your mailbox! Perhaps I will post them on my blog and you can pick yours!

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