Welcome to Postcards from Dan.
If you’ve found my little corner of the internet, you’ve either been given the link by me or stumbled across it somehow thanks to the workings of SEO that I need to learn.
For those that don’t know me, my name is Dan, and I’m from the UK. I started Postcards from Dan in the summer of 2017 when I took a six-week trip around Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia with then-newly purchased camera.
At the time, I was living and working in Seoul, South Korea, as an assistant professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. I had opened my Instagram account in 2011, and over time I got more and more interested in photography. I enjoyed taking pictures with my old Canon G16 camera, but I didn’t like to over-post lots of pictures of the same trips out taking photos. I was trying to think of a way to do something with all the other photos that I had, and then the idea for Postcards from Dan came to me.
Usually when I went away during my vacations, I would take the time to find a post office and send an actual postcard to family back at home, because I always remembered the thrill and enjoyment of receiving postcards from family or friends when I was younger. I realised that on this six-week trip it might be a struggle to keep doing so, but I wanted to let my family and friends know what I was up to and to share more photos than I would post to Instagram.
At the end of 2017 I made the decision to leave Korea, where I had lived and worked on and off since 2004, and decided to travel my way back to the UK, where I now work as a freelance proofreader and copy editor for my own company, Clean Page Editing Ltd. I ended up taking eight months off and I stepped foot in 26 countries along the way. I now have roughly 20,000 photos on my phone and my camera, some of which I like very much, and I would like to share and to tell the stories behind the photos.
I profess that I an not a professional photographer. I am someone that owns a camera and enjoys taking photos. I sometimes take photos in automatic mode, and I sometimes try to put into practice what I have read about using the controls of the camera in manual mode. I still don’t know what the hell I am doing with post-processing, apart from making some adjustments with the editing tools on Instagram, but I have a desire to learn more about it and get better.
So if you enjoy what you see and read here, stick around as I’ll try to update the posts as often as I can, or you can follow me on Instagram @daniel_deacon .