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Lens-Artists PC: Postcards

This – postcards – is what my photos most look like and I’m neither ashamed nor embarrassed by it.

A while ago I looked through all the episodes of a certain photography challenge with young candidates dropping out one per episode, with colourful jury presided by Mr. Benetton himself, Oliviero Toscani (I see now that last year Benetton fired him after decades of collaboration), and diverse shooting locations, conditions and models.

One of the first things the candidates were told were “do not just click” and “do not take postcard snaps”. Guilty on both counts.

I thought back and knew what decided my artistic vision, embodied by a postcard: it formed while I was playing with grandma’s postcards in Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city where my father is from.

Photo: Father

I was mesmerised. An image, words and love, all in one package, wow.

I loved sorting them into piles: those with one photo on and those with several (I rarely liked those), horizontal or vertical, those from abroad and those from Yugoslavia (my country at the time), those with one post stamp and those with several, or according to the addressee: grandma, grandpa, father, uncle, family Maksimovič.

Then I grew up and started to go places. I always loved choosing which postcards to buy, sometimes making my own, writing them over a cup of coffee and orange juice, sending them and finding new ones sent by friends in my post box upon return – oh, what a thrill.

They were the origin of comments that we leave to each other on our blogs, and if we are really lucky a hand-made postcard comes from New York in the flesh.

That’s why I’m not sorry that my photos look like postcards. They can still be sent and received with love.

What I did take away from watching that photo challenge was a most valuable lesson: Do not ever let anybody tell you which your best photos are. If you don’t know, they aren’t going to tell you. Everyone would choose a different one anyway.

As for yesterday’s basketball game SLO : ESP… ask Ana, this week’s guest host of the Lens-Artists photo challenge. She is Spanish. 😉 See, we had to win or we’d face the USA before the Olympic finals.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, guest-hosted by Ana at Anvica’s Gallery: Postcards

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

33 thoughts on “Lens-Artists PC: Postcards

  1. I watched the same series (actually there have been several such contests). As a keen photographer and also someone who takes a lot of interest in the art (visiting exhibitions for instance) I found that sometimes I agreed with the judges and sometimes (quite often in fact) I disagreed. The lesson you learned is a valuable one. Photography, like all art, is largely subjective and you can only go with what appeals to you and moves you. Having said that, you do yourself a disservice, as I think your photos are usually more imaginative and more interestingly composed than the majority of postcards, which tend to stick with ‘safe’ shots.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate what you say. Yes, I disagreed with the jury – or even worse, with the guest mentoring photographer who was supposed to help the candidates but often made a terrible choice on their behalf – so often that I stopped trusting anybody’s opinion. Funnily enough, I enjoyed much more the British series in which artists had to draw portraits. I couldn’t do that even in my dreams.

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  2. Thats an adorable little Manja! I love your description of postcards and the thrill of sending, receiving and sorting them. It’s a lost art now, with digital everything.
    It’s true, everyone has their own photography style and what you like is what you like. So keep on doing what you love.

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  3. Great post, Manja! Your images are beautiful, they form a magnificent collection of postcards that I would take to my home.

    As for basketball, I’m not very fond of sport, but I think we’re not doing very well with USA, I guess that was expected.

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  4. Filled with wonders as usual, Manja! Just keep going – we all love your personal, special and soulful style. And do I have a favourite? You. Little Manja sorting postcards. You describe the feeling so well, and I too loved doing these things at my grandma’s. Her sons went world wide, and I too was mesmerized. When I read your words, I faintly smile and miss the simple and innocent days of childhood. But we have known them. ♥

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  5. Manja, you are SO right about taking postcard photographs – after all, they absolutely capture the best of every place in the world, don’t they?! Your images are absolutely wonderful, especially those that capture light in different ways. The scene of the alley in night light is especially captivating. I loved them all and agree – contests simply feature the images the judges prefer. Who says they’re right and we’re wrong?!?!? Beautifully said and shown

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