I confess. I wrote this post a while ago and it has sat in my "to finish" list. Here it is.
I am going to write about cards: meaning photo cards I created that combined a note or text with pictures, sometimes my own and sometimes not.
About 2000, inkjet printing was evolving as were ways of sharing imagery. My skills were also improving as I moved through generations and iterations of printers. Various companies were also making do-it-yourself substrates and one of those was photo cards. I used one made by Kodak. I started with thank you notes and/or Xmas cards. These were a picture printed on a folding card with a note scribbled in my illegible handwriting. This then progressed to found photographs, family snapshots combined with some text, usually fiction, that made a story, or a commentary on the image.
This was a snapshot I'd found at a flea market. And here is the text I wrote to go with it:
As time went on I'd make a card, perhaps sending it but also keeping a copy for myself. I still have most of them.
This one, of my dad, making a movie of some bizarre hunt in the backyard:
An Easter Egg hunt? I have no idea. And the text I wrote to go with it:
That's just two of them. There are many more. Sometimes we forget the skills we have, the abilities that we have worked so hard and long to obtain are usable for far more than just making our prints for exhibition. I made cards at the time as I was just learning how to make photographs and combine them with type. It was early days and my abilities as a graphic designer are still wanting. These two above are just because I could. I encourage you to stretch out, to increase your range and breadth. It is far too easy to think of yourself in just one category as a visually creative person.