23 March 2012

On the topic of bad postcards

See bad postcards on It's Nice That. And then...

This gem is labelled as being from "Charles Skilton's Postcard Series", clearly featuring "H.R.H. The Prince of Wales". (Yes, the second set of quotation marks is "ironic".) Portrait by Karsh of Ottowa—who I just learnt took that picture of Winston Churchill! Wow.

From Wikipedia:

Karsh had a gift for capturing the essence of his subject in the instant of his portrait. As Karsh wrote of his own work in Karsh Portfolio in 1967, "Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, if it comes at all, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize."
I guess that means Prince Charles is... to use that Americanism: kind of douchey? Oh no, I just Wikied douche! Argh!

Postcard purchased at Cape Town's Church Street Antiques Market, previously mentioned here.

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