A photo reveals time and introduces us to the characters of an era that was painted black and white. The absence of rainbow colors at the beginning of this guardian wonder of memories let us to imagination when dressing them with other tones.
The year 1851 marked the beginning of the wonderful world of photography to the Dominican Republic.
Pose for a photographer supposed safety and not to abuse the professional patience when making to repeat a shot meant starting over. Today the language is different, the amount of digital photos outnumbers printed images. It is decadent for some people but emotional for others that even the advantage of selfies as justification for the momentary solitude, will take it to the kitchen of Cinderella.
Actual pictures were used to make postcards in the late nineteenth century and this trend continued to boom until the first half of the twentieth century. Many unique postcards have been found in private collections, personalized and stored in dusty drawers of family treasure. The front of the card is perfectly divided into two parts, the left part for the personal feeling, (we would say the side designated for the heart) and the right place kept for the name and address of the consignee. Meanwhile, the illustration was the main character covering all front and no envelope was needed, it stood out bareness of someone wearing nothing but the skin. With this method the postcard enjoyed years of prosperity and became one of the most popular means of communication in the world.
The paper used for photos developing could have common features in the ‘20s that the one utilized for postage stamps and writing, that’s why it was feasible to make them at home.
At the beginning the black and white or sepia Dominican postcard was printed in Germany. In the twenties it was common to color it but it was not until the ‘40s of twenty century the full color appeared. Postcards became the country’s portraits and illustrations of everyday life drawn on thin cardboard.
Today it remains as a means of transport leading us to incredible places in the world; it immortalizes stories of the people and provides us with the most varied multiculturalism of human universe. It has no envelope and shows the sender emotions. Not only the recipient visually recreates because the human chain in charge of its delivery enjoys the photo and written feeling even when it doesn’t belong to them. The personal desire to share with someone does go against the curiosity of the postman.
Postcards having a collection of poems are part of the artistic work of the young Dominican poet Frank Báez. He was awarded with the National Poetry Prize Salomé Ureña in 2009. His book shows the texts tightening to messages of such personal and poetic correspondence. It is a huge sense of creativity and another way to confirm that “Postcards” treasures poetry in imaginary cards.
“I proposed to undress the language and to present postcard after postcard in a crudest and hurtful way as possible. I think “Postcards” is the nude part of the book; the part that is more difficult to read, not due to the form but the content; that’s the part that if literary censors exist, it would be suitable for people over 18 years”.