PhotoHunter… Free Week

Hmmm… Whatever we want…

My thoughts went immediately to the Benevolent Postcard Society. I jumped at the chance to join this little venture when I first heard about it.

“A postcard exchange and art project in one, the aim of the Benevolent Postcard Society is to bring a smile to its members through the random exchange of postcards from September 2009 to September 2010. At the beginning of each month, members send a cheerful, amusing, inspiring, pretty or quirky postcard to each other — either handmade or readymade. At the end of the year, all the postcards exchanged will be collected and published as a book, the final result of a year’s sharing of good karma through random acts of kindness.”

You send a card, you get a card. Unfortunately, joining is not possible at this point. We are hoping we can do it again next year. So much fun!

September was the first mailing and I have to admit I was a bit conservative and sent out a postcard that I had bought back in 1973 and never mailed.

Omonia Square, Athens

Omonia Square, Athens 1960s

In return, I got…

Hello

Hello

This month, I sent out…

"June Bride"

"June Bride"

This was a detail from one of my found object sculptures, called “June Bride”. I had digitally “played” with the image, by manually rendering it within my program (basically, rubbing the surface as you would a chalk drawing) and then playing with the colour. I love this piece.

I was late in getting it off, as I was in quarantine and had to wait until I could get someone to come over and bring me ink cartridges for my printer and take the postcard to mail for me. I was really worried as to whether or not my printer was actually going to produce a photo. My sister bought it three years ago and when I first tried to print photos, I couldn’t get it to print anything but horrible pixillated images. No matter what I did, it simply would not print a photo.

So I just used it for printing letters.

With trepidation I tried it and while some of the images didn’t seem to print out in the same colour values or density of colour, it was working. I printed out a number of favourite images as postcards but this was the one I settled on. Unfortunately, so far, I am unable to find an adequately thick postcard stock that is the right size and I settled for the freebie 5×7 photo sheets that come with Canon photo papers. They look great, but I don’t know if the card will survive the mailing.

I haven’t heard from the recipient, yet and am still waiting for my card. But since mine had to go to the UK (and was almost a week late in being sent off) and mine could have come from anywhere in the world, it could take some time.

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16 Comments

  1. bing said,

    October 18, 2009 at 10:37 am

    postcards such as those make impacts… nice.

  2. October 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    What a great idea! Happy weekend

  3. October 17, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    A postcard exchange! What a great idea! Too bad it’s not open for membership currently.

    I did like your 1973 postcard!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Mrs. Mecomber
    http://newyorktraveler.net

  4. RJ Flamingo said,

    October 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    What a great project! I’m not clever enough to think of such things, and am always impressed with those who do. 🙂

  5. Candi said,

    October 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    That sounds like a fabulous idea!Lovely postcards.

  6. chubskulit said,

    October 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Lovely postcard!

    Here’s my entry

  7. October 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I heard about it too late. 😦 But it looks as though it is proving a great success. I love the idea.

  8. CY said,

    October 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Wow, postcards as old as 1970’s! Cool! Have a great weekend. CY

  9. upto6only said,

    October 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    oh i love collecting postcards. i joined postcrossing and received many cards already. kind of enjoying it.

  10. HOOTIN' ANNI said,

    October 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    What a great idea…I bet it WAS fun!!!!

    Mine is posted HERE

    Hope you can come visit and leave a comment….have a great weekend.

  11. azahar said,

    October 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Very cool. And I’ve always liked June Bride too.

  12. Randi said,

    October 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    What a wonderful idea.
    Lovely postcards.

  13. julie said,

    October 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I love that first photo 🙂

  14. Mar said,

    October 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Beautiful project, great postcards, and an original contribution to the free theme!!
    Happy weekend and happy PH, my choice is posted here.

  15. October 17, 2009 at 11:47 am

    That is a really cool idea. And some neat images as well. Love the yellow car 🙂

  16. Criz Lai said,

    October 17, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Wow! I have not seen any postcard for so long. Those are beautiful!


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