WHAT ARE POSTCARDS?

A postcard is always a pleasant surprise, particularly in an era of Instagram and SMS pics. We don’t have enough postage for our entire readership, but our new bite-sized series, Postcards lightly details the who, what, when, where and why. It’s a simple, and effective, premise. Whether they’re based on a life-changing subject or just a strange one, shot with a Red Epic or an iPhone, we hope you find these little moments more genuine than the stock images you’re used to seeing opposite of the Xs and Os.

7:05 a.m. CEST | Paris, France — This couldn’t possibly get more stereotypical. I’m standing on the Pont Du Carrousel an hour after sunrise pointing a medium format film camera downstream. Toss in a cigarette and a café au lait and you’ve got the opening shot of a Godard film…or at least a “Visit Paris” commercial. But man, it’s worth the triteness. Something about this city fosters a creative spirit that wills you to set your alarm a couple hours before the rest of the city and just go for a walk.

Photo Notes: Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm, f/8 1/125, Kodak Portra 400

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