Category Archives: Photo Essays

collections of photos with a theme or intent behind the assortment – not to be confused with snaps and notes which are a collection-y

Ceylon / Sri Lanka – Artifacts: Public Records, Ledgers, Books, Ephemera

Stack of Artifacts – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Stack of Artifacts – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Jaffna Municipal Consumer's Ledger – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Jaffna Municipal Consumer’s Ledger – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Brown & Company Limited 1 – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Brown & Company Limited 1 – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers

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Letters Sent / Received – round-up

Letter to Elizabeth
Letter to Elizabeth

Elizabeth: Sweet and kind holiday message arrived in time for Christmas!  Thank you Dave Olson !! Wishing you a new year full of 100% health and energy boosts. 

Letter to Cropper

Got a fantastic gift of art in the mail today. Thanks so very much, my brother from another mother. Dave miss you, wishing you only the best.

Card to Cheryl 2
Card to Cheryl 2

Handmade inky-stamped snail mail art with tea pic, correspondence and poetry amidst tropical fish stamps from far off land, with a precious golden panda sticker received today in delight and so appreciated, thank you Dave.

Card to Cheryl
Card to Cheryl
Postcard to Uganecs
Postcard to Uganecs

Correspondence received and much appreciated, thanks Dave
O, my favourite travelling poet.

Postcard to Meri
Postcard to Meri

Bring it all together with a cappuccino + desk full of stationery and postcards = therapy

Sending treats to friends and strangers hoping it will transmit a virtual hug, via #Airmail. Today’s batch includes Latvia, Singapore, Olympia, Logan, Mexico and who knows where else… How are you feeling? Do you need a treat? If so, fill out the “postal club” form.

Letters and postcards aren’t the only way to send a delightful dispatch to a distant friend

Of course, letters and postcards aren’t the only way to send a delightful dispatch to a distant friend… as another Canadian said “the medium is the message” as such, message depends on the medium. As such, choose the medium for your message to evoke emotion and put the story, no matter how brief, in a pleasing context.

Most critical part of postcards / letters are: a proper address and a friend to write

Of course, the most critical part of postcards and letters are: a proper address to send it to, and a friend to write.

Also, I like to think about all the hands which touch the card as it makes the journey from my writing desk to a happy (I expect) recipient who peeks in their post box / letter slot and see something other than a utility bill or an bulk/junk mail from a real estate agent.

I also wonder how the “hand off“ in international mail works from one country to the next. Do the workers peek at the – almost illegible – scribble on my postcards? Do they wonder who wrote the missives and who the recipient is? . Do you think about these logistics & vagaries? Or is it just me? .

Postcards and letters are enhanced when made in the right environment

Post boxes are always, and only, as interesting as the items deposited

Postboxes are time/space portals for paper

Phone calls to/for no one (or you perhaps)

Documenting artifacts of the past for the future.

Might I offer you a beverage?

I have more… Dozens and dozens. Enough for a coffee table book (at least)