July 22, 2014

Postcard Collaboration: Postcard # 1 (Greece)

Ideas come and go. Sometimes we think about them in a moment, for a second, and then forget about it or we think about it, deeply think about it, think about it more, and then try to allow its existence to the world. For countless times, I had made some of my ideas into the real world (discreetly, academics/work and other important things aside, like making small bookmarks with words of encouragement on them and insert them into random books at my university library. There are other things, too; you'd probably know them if you try to read everything in this blog which will cost you time so you don't want to do that!) One of them would be this collaboration with photographers all over the world. 


Back in 2012, I wanted to write a poem for each kind of poetry there is out there. At least ten. That was the primary idea. And then I decided to make a postcard out of them and send them to strangers. Then another idea popped in, supporting the primary, which is to collaborate with photographers and lomographers. So then I ventured through Flickr and Lomography websites. I selected five digital and film photographs that could be a great topic to my poems. As it is a collaboration, I did not just grab the photographs (also becuz ~duh~ dats bad!), I sent e-mails to the photographers about my fairly simple project. Most of them were delighted about it and very nice enough to give me their trust -- re their photograph and their mail address (!)  for they will receive the postcard version of their photograph along with my poetry about it.

Having gathered ten photographs, I already started writing my poems. It was not that easy though for I wanted to somehow feel each photograph so I can write about it. It was not a serious thing; I worked on it on my free time.  So it took me more than a year to finish them. Once I have organized the poems, I sent e-mails to my collaborators about the progress. I did not expect them to remember me, the stranger who wanted to shamelessly collaborate with them, but turned out they were glad about the news. Haha!

The positivity I got form their replies made a great impact on me. So I printed each photo and made my simple drafts on each postcards' designs on the back. I manually wrote each poem and a message of thanks.

Although it took me several months to make the small idea into the world, I did enjoy the time I spent working on each of them. Now, as of July 2014, I have sent half of the postcards to their respective owners. I am still waiting for the replies of the other half. I understand that it is not safe to give out your addresses to anyone on the internet. I might just ask them if they want me to give the postcards to my friends or to people from Postcrossing. So anyway there you go. It may have taken a long time to finish but I am glad I did not give up on that idea. Looking back, I can not remember what made me think about it but it sure does make me smile every time. And please don't judge me when I say: you are amazing, at least in your little world, self! You deserve a plateful of pizza!

I really like the thought of sending postcards to strangers all over the world. It gives me that sense of freedom to reach out other places and other human beings through my words in a form of a snail mail -- or for this matter, a postcard! 

So, here is postcard # 1:  A postcard sent to Greece

Diamante Poetry: D. G. Bersabal; 
Film Photography: V. Anastasiou

Serene, magical
Moving, soothing, enchanting
Deep, extreme, sanctuary, refuge
Far-reaching, far-ranging, blossoming
Photographic, territory

*postcard sent to V. Anastasiou

Update: Maria gave me a photo of the postcard I sent to her. She said the postcard is in her bookshelf and apparently guarded by a skull! Hahaha so cute!! Thanks again, Maria! :D

AWESOME! There is something magical and thrilling in making, writing, sending and seeing the postcard! At least, somehow, my words have carried its way to Greece! :D

July 18, 2014

A postcard sent to Berlin

A couple of months ago I made a postcard for a fellow Postcrosser whose name is Nicole from Berlin. She likes hockey, coffee and writing among other things so I made a simple drawing for her. FYI I did my best~ :p She learned the Russian language when she was young so I wrote Kофе for coffee and Eishockey for Ice Hockey. Thanks to her, I now know two Russian words! :)

It's been a long time since I've had my postcard venture so maybe sometime soon I can make time for it. Long live snail mails!

July 11, 2014

Back to basics.

So, hi. I want to write about how my life has been for the past two weeks but that would be too long to recall so I'll tell you about the very last day of that two-week span which is today. Today was okay. It still felt weird to wake up knowing that after six months my routine on weekdays would be different but familiar. I just finished my casual employment as a junior system administrator. It was fun but I have other choices and decisions to make. So, here I am again. Back to basics. Today, I spent my mornings and afternoons sleeping. I slept in my bed and then on the sofa (while my sister was baking cupcakes!). I ate a lot. I get annoyed easily as well but that's probably because my mind is not ready to think about other things yet. It just wants to focus on what's going to happen next week. I've read that when a person sleeps a lot, that person must be dealing with depression. And somehow that's how I see myself as for today but I don't see it as a weakness. I'd like to see it as part of the process. I guess that's how it is. When you just left your job, even if you like it or not, there's that teeny weeny bit of loneliness. But it will just go away once you get to decide where to go after this.

I have my hopes up for something bigger. Something that will take me somewhere. I know there is something out there. I just know it. *Breathes heavily*. Let this day be gloomy and the rest of the night be the same but tomorrow will be different. Bring it on, life. I am ready.

Also, today, as I've said, my sister baked some cupcakes which probably is the highlight of the day.

The carrot cupcakes with chocolate droplets. :)
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