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2014 Postcard Exchange
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:30:57 PM »
Okay, I hope I'm not treading on any toes here but I was getting a bit itchy for a Postcard or two so, with Ed's blessing, I'd like to propose the 2014 FW's Postcard Exchange  :)

Cribbing from Becky and Diane's previous posts, rules are as follows:

1)   Sign up by July 31 if you want to play.
PM me your name and address with country and e-mail.
I need your e-mail address to contact you since the forum only allows two private messages an hour.  If you don't send me your e-mail, it will take a LOT longer to get your list of names.

2)   Names will be sorted the following week.
Since we have Filmwasters from around the globe, I'll sort and divide the collected names into manageable groups (about 12 per group) to keep the cost of printing and postage at a manageable level. I will regularly update this topic with numbers of players.
Next I'll make a list of the sorted names and addresses and send them to everyone that signed up. Lists will be with you by August 8.

3)   Postcards should be sent out by September 1
Cards can be printed in the darkroom or with inkjet printers on any paper (6x4 or 5x7 inches)
The important thing is the negative used to make the print must be a film capture.

The subject matter is entirely up to you and it's not a competition either, so have fun with it!

You can send the same print to everyone on your list, or you can make different prints for each person, it's up to you.

Details about the image such as location, camera and film type written on the back with a short message are appreciated but not required.

Stamp, address and then sign the card so we know who it's from and drop it in the mail and then wait for amazing cards to arrive in your post box.

This is always a lot of fun, so don't miss out.

Once again the important dates to remember are:

July 31 = last day to sign up.
August 8 = names sorted into groups and sent to participants.
September 1 = deadline to send out cards.


Any questions just let me know.

So, what are you waiting for...!

Total signed up so far: 25

Last week to sign up.
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 07:51:29 PM »
Just to make sure I'm reading this correctly, each person will send 12 cards? 

I have some old Polaroid post cards, I assume a Polaroid would be ok? 

I just sent one of these Polaroid Post Cards to my wife while I was in Nevada, it took almost 3 weeks to get to our house in Bothell, Washington.  It should only take a few days so I'm not sure but it may have been lost in the post office for a while.

Count me in, I'll PM my information.

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 08:34:30 PM »
Yep.  I'm in.  PM with my details will be sent.
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 08:37:45 PM »
And we're off, PMs received, thanks Brian and Paul :)

12 is an estimate based on numbers who have participated previously but basically yes, everyone sends a card to everyone else on their list. I'll wait to be corrected but I think last year there were 3 lists to cover the 40 or so people that signed up altogether. You only get one list unless you want to send to all.

Polaroid would be absolutely fine, as are paper negs.


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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 09:25:04 PM »
I also assume that non-silver contact prints are acceptable. This might be over-complicating things, but what if I scan a 35mm neg and enlarge it enough to make a contact print with it? That still counts right? I am asking because then the 'print' is being made with a digital negative and not an original film negative, but in my mind the image is still analog.

Count me in either way. :)
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 09:40:24 PM »
I also assume that non-silver contact prints are acceptable. This might be over-complicating things, but what if I scan a 35mm neg and enlarge it enough to make a contact print with it? That still counts right? I am asking because then the 'print' is being made with a digital negative and not an original film negative, but in my mind the image is still analog.

Count me in either way. :)

So long as I can shoot film, scan it and have it printed however I want, I'm still in.....
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 09:41:48 PM »
Information sent! Was hoping for another postcard exchange! Thank you for doing this!

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 10:56:17 PM »
The last one was a lot of fun. It was great receiving everyone's postcards. Count me in!

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2014, 01:04:16 AM »
sounds good! Last year I made three different images, but each was a bit different.
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2014, 10:45:28 AM »
All signed up!
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2014, 12:56:12 PM »
Jolly good fun!

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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2014, 01:31:03 PM »
I'm game!
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2014, 06:50:57 PM »
I really enjoyed getting cards from allover last time so I'm in.

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2014, 07:59:53 PM »
I also assume that non-silver contact prints are acceptable. This might be over-complicating things, but what if I scan a 35mm neg and enlarge it enough to make a contact print with it? That still counts right? I am asking because then the 'print' is being made with a digital negative and not an original film negative, but in my mind the image is still analog.

Count me in either way. :)

That's fine, it started life as a film-captured negative - it's filmwasted!

Keep 'em coming everyone.

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2014, 09:04:21 PM »
Fantastic! I'm in.

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2014, 10:34:04 AM »
I'm in - pm sent


thanks so much for doing this Harvey.

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2014, 06:56:08 PM »
As a newcomer to the site, I think this is a really cool idea (and is what made me register for the forums.) I think I've only gotten one postcard, ever, in my life, so this will be really exciting!

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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2014, 12:58:05 PM »
As a newcomer to the site, I think this is a really cool idea (and is what made me register for the forums.) I think I've only gotten one postcard, ever, in my life, so this will be really exciting!

Hi Chad - welcome. The postcard exchange is a great way to see other work, and there is nothing like holding a print in your hand rather than looking on a screen is there!

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2014, 11:55:24 PM »
....even if people like me send postcards printed by an online service from a scanned neg/print.
 ;) ;)

To the guys posing questions earlier, it's not important if the cards you send out aren't darkroom originals (or Polaroid original prints). As long as the originating image was shot on film/tin/glass etc. then the postcard itself can be printed however you like.

Shaun/Harvey: Thanks for doing this!
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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2014, 02:39:23 PM »
I'm in!

and again... thanks for sorting this!

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Re: 2014 Postcard Exchange
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2014, 10:37:46 PM »
Since I'm "without darkroom" for the foreseeable future, does anyone have a recommendation on a place to have postcards printed? I'd like something in the classic postcard style, not a glossy 4x6 or 5x7. I can do a google search all day long, but digging through the results to find people with actual experience with said printer is proving to be rather painstaking.

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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2014, 05:26:51 PM »
Stamps are expensive but what the heck.
I'm in for one more round!

Since I'm "without darkroom" for the foreseeable future, does anyone have a recommendation on a place to have postcards printed?
I have mine printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Mat by a large printing chain and I spray mount them on cardstock myself.
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2014, 08:12:13 PM »
Ooohh it's going to be another good one. 17 confirmed addresses so far. Thanks all.

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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2014, 08:41:07 PM »
Since I'm "without darkroom" for the foreseeable future, does anyone have a recommendation on a place to have postcards printed?

Where do you live? We're quite the international crew so answers will vary.
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2014, 08:42:40 PM »
...almost forgot; I'm in too. Huzzah!
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« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2014, 09:26:39 PM »
Oh my god! The great Ed's going to be part of the gig!  ;D
Oh yeah!
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« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2014, 11:54:12 PM »
Where do you live? We're quite the international crew so answers will vary.

Sorry, I didn't get a subscription to this thread so I missed the reply. I'm in Idaho, USA. I don't expect to get them printed locally and there are probably several online solutions, but if someone had experience with a printer, I'd like to hear about it.

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« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2014, 03:24:20 PM »
I'm in, too. Maybe next year I can start printing my postcards in the darkroom. But not for this one, I'm afraid.


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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2014, 09:03:05 PM »
I'm in Idaho, USA. I don't expect to get them printed locally and there are probably several online solutions, but if someone had experience with a printer, I'd like to hear about it.
I get my postcard pictures printed at the local drugstore from digi files. They offer pretty good quality for the price.
I know Staples has a postcard printing service but their card stock is super flimsy and the quality ain't that great. So far, nothing beats a good photo paper glued to an index card.
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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2014, 05:16:07 AM »
I'm in!

Where do you live? We're quite the international crew so answers will vary.


Sorry, I didn't get a subscription to this thread so I missed the reply. I'm in Idaho, USA. I don't expect to get them printed locally and there are probably several online solutions, but if someone had experience with a printer, I'd like to hear about it.


I've had intermittent great success with Walmart online. They have a postcard printing option with surprising quality and reasonable price. My favorite part is that their monochrome printing isn't tinged purple. The trick is that either they charge you an arm and a leg for shipping or you can pick it up at a local store, and the last time I tried to use them their in-store pickup option was broken for at least a month.

I plan to try to use them again, but if I can't pick up in-store I'm just going to buy some Ilford postcard stock and hopefully surprise myself:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/122815-REG/Ilford_1856084_Multigrade_4_RC_Portfolio.html

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« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2014, 09:01:57 AM »
how many participants so far?
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« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2014, 06:44:07 PM »
how many participants so far?

We're now up to 21 but there's room for more I'm sure.

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« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2014, 02:17:15 AM »
Made some waxed paper negatives and am running exposure tests this afternoon. Can't wait to get this show on the road!
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« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2014, 02:45:51 PM »
Many thanks for organising this one Harvey!
I`m in and looking forward to it  ;)
For some reason it reminded me of the film Amélie and the gnome postcards  ;D

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« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2014, 12:00:16 AM »
Okay, okay, you guys wore me down!  I thought long and hard and decided that I want to get in on the exchange this year.

Count me in!
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« Reply #35 on: June 19, 2014, 07:20:42 PM »
Okay, okay, you guys wore me down!  I thought long and hard and decided that I want to get in on the exchange this year.

Count me in!

Excellent, you know it's the right thing to do!

Don't forget to email me your postal and email addresses.

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« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2014, 10:19:32 PM »


 ;D
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« Reply #37 on: June 28, 2014, 10:52:23 PM »
;D

did you just cyanotype the back of your postcard?? haha that's wicked :D
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« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2014, 03:27:09 PM »
I could not do that the previous year because the scrap paper I used had a bit too much texture. Not yet sure what i'll do this year...
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« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2014, 09:21:04 PM »
did you just cyanotype the back of your postcard?? haha that's wicked :D

Yes, well I didn't bother trying to find watercolor paper postcards to print on, so my options were
1. hand draw the postcard on each print (I have bad handwriting).
2. print postcard stuff on regular paper and glue it to the back (no fun in that at all).
3. design a postcard, make a negative, wax it, print it on the back of each card (that's more like it!)

The nice thing was that I didn't have to worry too much about exposure times since I just wanted 'full' exposure for the white parts. I was pleasantly surprised at how clear the printing came out.
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« Reply #40 on: June 29, 2014, 10:13:12 PM »
Well, cyanotypes were mainly used to make architectural prints for a long time.
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« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2014, 12:50:58 PM »
Harvey - I've just PM'd all my details. Thanks for organising this!

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« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2014, 07:47:44 PM »
Okay, we're at 23 participants now, one more and it's 2 lists of 12. If you wish to 'send to all' let me know.
With just over 4 weeks left to get your name down if you're still thinking about it don't wait too long. It's a great fun way of sharing our work and I have yet to find another way of getting original art on my doorstep for the price of a stamp  :)

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« Reply #43 on: July 08, 2014, 06:00:59 PM »
Can i make it 24 ?

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« Reply #44 on: July 08, 2014, 07:20:49 PM »
Can i make it 24 ?

Welcome number 24! and addresses received, thanks Gary.

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« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2014, 08:40:10 PM »
Can i make it 24 ?

Welcome number 24! and addresses received, thanks Gary.

Cheers, just sent off my order for some top quality postcards should be with me in the next few days, i'm ready  ;D

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« Reply #46 on: July 10, 2014, 09:01:44 PM »
Postcard exchange is a great thing, sadly, I think I am going to miss it this time - I am almost sure I won't have the time to do the printing for the whole lot. (Among other things I will be re-doing my darkroom to accomodate a new enlarging beast, hopefully putting in some fixed safelights, ventilation et cetera... And it would be kinda difficult to enlarge a postcard from a 13x18 negative :)) )

But I could maybe make a couple of contact-cards, so if anyone fancies a "one-to-one" approach, drop me a PM and we can exchange addresses.
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« Reply #47 on: July 10, 2014, 10:53:29 PM »
Short but essential Q from a first time postcard poster - can I stick Polaroids on postcards without disappointing anyone?
Have some nicely matured 667 I thought would make nice summer greetings  :)

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« Reply #48 on: July 11, 2014, 05:56:40 PM »
Short but essential Q from a first time postcard poster - can I stick Polaroids on postcards without disappointing anyone?
Have some nicely matured 667 I thought would make nice summer greetings  :)

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« Reply #49 on: July 11, 2014, 07:40:22 PM »

Short but essential Q from a first time postcard poster - can I stick Polaroids on postcards without disappointing anyone?

It's not often you see the words Polaroid and disappoint in the same sentence here!  :)
That would be absolutely fine Aksel, positively encouraged in some quarters I'm sure.