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Postcards Revisited - The Pleasure of Anticipation
Thursday, September 23, 2010



Back in June Rebecca and I visited Michael East’s and Letty Garcia’s place, the Santa Fe Ranch, in South Texas near Edinburg. Preparing for this trip I had chosen to be hassled by the airport security checkpoints by taking a studio light system with one light and my medium format Mamiya RB-67. The professional lighting system’s pack, full of capacitors and other electronic paraphernalia, guaranteed that at every destination I found a nice curt little note from the folks of the Homeland Security Agency to the effect that they had opened my suitcase to check its contents (which must have been initially questionable). Except for opening, and spilling some of its contents, a bag of Russian Caravan tea and not quite closing my little container of my daily vitamins and stuff to keep my plumbing system in working order, nothing was amiss.


My plan to take the big camera with Ektachrome transparency film and b+w Kodak Plus X-Pan was a good idea in the end. I came home with some satisfying portraits which I printed in my darkroom on some remarkable (I had never used it before) Oriental Seagull photographic paper. The prints dazzled my eyes. I sent the prints to Mike and Letty (they were of his family) in a box. Every print was signed and wrapped in cellophane.



Just a few days I received this facebook message that warmed my heart and somehow justified the hassles of Homeland Security:



Letty Garcia September 18, 2010 at 3:25pm

Subject:

Hi Alex

Mike and I are sitting in the living room having some wine and tequila enjoying sat evening with some good rain wanted to let you know had pictures framed and up in the walls they just look amazing.



Yesterday I burned my scans of the Texas Ektachromes on to a CD and sent it by snail mail to Mike and Letty. I could have requested the FTP account of the photo lab in Edinburg where Letty has her pictures done. I could have sent the files directly but I have to state here that there is magic in putting something into a envelope with a brief handwritten (mostly illegible!) note, placing (alas, no longer does one need to make contact with the back of the stamp with one’s tongue) a stamp on the right hand upper corner of the envelope and going to the corner mailbox and slipping into the slot.



Today I received two postcards. One, the one from Marv Newland announcing the opening of his postcard show was a bit late, put certainly appreciated by me nonetheless. The other is from my friend Graham Walker and his wife Kathy who are having an almost sub aquatic vacation in Tofino, BC. I do not think that I am breaking any rules by showing you here what they wrote to me. What I do want to show is that there is lots of satisfaction to be gained from the good old fashioned kind of communication. How many have pointed out that in trying to find space to write in the back of a postcard it is no different from Twitter’s 140 character limit? There is the difference that comes in not instant messaging.




And that is the pleasure of anticipation.



     

Previous Posts
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Sierra Ventana, Monte Altai & The Rocket

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Johnny Tomorrow - Awe & Wonder

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