Blow-up

I’ve been quite obsessed with hunting for ‘hidden’ incidents in old postcards for months now and have just been scrutinising a new batch. I haven’t found evidence of a murder (yet) but I feel I have spotted moments of real life that, while entirely incidental to the photographer’s intention, are fascinating or endearing.

I was interested in the man peering over the fence at the top of the park... I didn't even see the boy...

I was interested in the man peering over the fence at the top of the park… I didn’t even see the boy…

I find this one quite sinister!

I find this one quite sinister!

Strictly speaking, nothing is truly ‘hidden’ in a postcard, but I search for details which the eye doesn’t usually take in when looking at the postcard as a view of a place. There are details of the scene which are ‘hidden in plain view’ and which, when blown up, take on a life of their own.

A riverside scene

A riverside scene

Did you spot these two?

Did you spot these two?

I particularly like spotting tiny, faithful dogs and also naughty children.

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And what’s going on on the edge of this park?

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Strange goings-on in Newport

Strange goings-on in Newport

When I find a ‘secret’ scene that pleases me aesthetically, I make a digital print of it, and I’ll be loading these up onto my website and also into the Found and Chosen Etsy shop.

 

posted by Jane

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