Have postcards lost their charm or significance?

Have postcards lost their charm or significance?

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For me, receiving a postcard from a friend was one of the most exciting things to receive in the mail. If you think of it, an enormous amount of effort was required on the part of the sender to make it happen. You would first need to find a souvenir shop (okay, not so hard), that had postcards, and hopefully they had decent ones that didn’t look too tacky (usually, harder). Subsequently, you would need to buy stamps, write something of some significance on it,  and then mail. But probably the most interesting thing is that you had to write something that could be shown to anyone to read. After all, it was sort going into the public domain. Post office staff could read it at their leisure. Now, now we have blogs and facebook to do all that without having to go through the trouble of buying a tangible item and then physically sending it. Quite honestly, I too myself haven’t purchased nor sent a Postcard in ages, but I did collect them in my university years, saving the really beautiful ones in a cardboard box that has now gone missing. Usually, those were the one that I purchased from museums or galleries. I would usually buy 2 of the same design, keeping one for myself and send the other to my friends.

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One of my favourite postcards was the one shown above, which I just happened to find online. You can probably see where I got my early inspiration from. The male human body was in-grained from an early age.

So getting back to my 3.AM Asian Male postcards, I decided for slightly larger size, measuring  8.25 x 5.5 inches. They’re printed on a glossy 260gsm paper. Not too thick; not too thin.

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So if you’re like me, they make a great item to collect. Right now, I have selected 4 of my favorite images from my 3.AM book: 1) Nono, 2) Ricky, 3) Monika and 4) Milkboy.

For those that contributed by purchasing a pre-order copy, you’ll be getting a few as part of the campaign. I’ll have these available for online purchase shortly. I’m going to see if any shop here in Hong Kong will carry these; however it might be a bit too much for the shops here. I remember one vendor that carried my 2.AM book and placed all the way in the back of the shop on the bottom tier. Grrrrr. Not surprisingly, they didn’t sell any copies.

The Asian Male 3.AM postcard design is underway…

The Asian Male 3.AM postcard design is underway…

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Today I started to work on the postcard design that are a part of The Asian Male 3.AM campaign. They will be simple, measuring 8.25 x 5.5″ (21 x 14cm) and printed on 300gsm woodfree card. I am going to send the above design for a test, to see if the printing and color look good. I won’t be going for glossy postcards, as I feel these images are best suited for matte finish. They may even be good enough to frame.

Below is a mockup of how they should look like. These photographs gives you an idea of the size, a bit larger than your average sized postcard, which in most cases are around 4 x 6″. These will have a substantial feel to them.

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So to anyone that pre-ordered a copy of the book, you will be getting 3 postcards as part of the campaign.

Albanian-Cambodian Monika Shows His Moves

I admit to not knowing where Albania; my geography is really bad. Monika appeared in my studio after my friend said he found someone that would be perfect for my work in the Asian male collection. With probably one of the most exotic looking face I have seen in a long time, Monika came strolling through the studio with a very friendly and excited look in his eyes. I knew that he had experience on stage, and as soon as I began shooting, his talent and love to perform was evident. He is actually a professional aerial artist. The image that you see here was taken at the beginning of our photo session, where I had him move and groove to music. He’s got a super tanned body and needless to say, a very sexy look.

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