B+W151 JUNE 2013
Lee FrostEddie EphraumsTracy HallettTim Clinch
ust lately I’ve taken to sendingpostcards. In the past, up until say 15 years ago, this was my main means of communicating with friends and family – a carefully chosen image with a message onthe back was always appreciated. And thenalong came email and I stopped doing it.Which, in retrospect, is a great shame –emails, while being quick and convenient,don’t have the same sense of intimacy aboutthem, and they don’t have pictures…My resurection of the postcard started, asa number of my photographic exploits have,with B+W contributor, Tim Clinch. He senteach of us at the office a postcard of one of hisphotographs – the images carefully chosen tosuit the personality of the recipient. We werebeside ourselves with delight – they wereunexpected, personal and beautiful.So it set me off. Tim explained that you canbuy an app, make postcards from your imagesand send them from your smartphone. AndI’ve been sending them to everyone. Theresponse has been lovely – clearly people havebeen delighted by this rather old fashioned –but charming – way of keeping in touch.But now I’m beginning to think that I’d likemore control of the printing so I’m lookingaround at postcard printing companies whichwill do a variety of my images over a short run– and there seem to be plenty of companies tochoose from.When you think about it, we are visualpeople and we make pictures to communicateour world view to others. So why don’t we useour images more? Regular readers will know that I’m really keen on printing – but thatdoesn’t mean just the fine art print tohang on a wall – it can mean using ourimages in quite simple ways too. I lovetechnology and what it can do, but don’t let’sforget the good things from the past – likepostcards. It might mean that what comesthrough the letterbox in the morning makessomeone smile.
© Tim Clinch
Elizabeth Roberts, Editor
By Jeanloup Sieff © The estate of Jeanloup Sieff. See page 36.
A highly regarded photographer and journalist, Lee Frost specialises inlandscape and travel photography,with many years of experience anda vast number of publications to hisname. For the past 10 years he hasbeen leading workshop tours with hiscompany Photo Adventures.Eddie Ephraums is a photographer,photobook maker, publisher andmentor. He has written a number ofbestselling books and runs photobook workshops and project-relatedworkshops in London and Scotland.Writer and photographer Tracy Hallettis part way through a project to visitand document all of Britain’s 7,747islands. She has written three books,most recently
Close-up and Macro Photography
, published by AmmonitePress in 2011.Tim Clinch has been a professionalphotographer for more than 30years, working for some of the toppublications including
House & Garden
Harpers & Queen
. He has published anumber of books and runs workshopsin France and Spain.