Saturday, 8 March 2008

07 ostende

august 2002
146mm x 92mm
14 page postcard book
12 copies

A little homage to the underappreciated artefact of the postcard book. This one is based on a postcard book of Ostende in the 1920s. The original blue-tinted photographs have an astounding depth and clarity of detail that allowed me to wander around in the pictures, picking out overlooked stories and details at will - boys standing around in a strange still life on a beach, a child following a black-clad lady through the streets as if she is following fate, dogs in a Tatiesque situation with their owners. The sharpness of the images meant I could create a perfectly adequate new postcard-sized image from a scene that was perhaps only 5mm square in the original.

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