Christmas Card 2003

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Border left Aya Sofya dome with scaffolding Border right
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My photograph for 2003 was of the dome of the Aya Sofya (a.k.a. Hagia Sophia) museum (formerly mosque formerly church) in Istanbul seen from inside with scaffolding for its restoration work. I thought the tall regular scaffolding in that light looked artistic in addition to the dome. It also looked nicely unusual. Taken on holiday in 2003.

Camera = Pentax K1000.

The border was a minimalist one as several people have commented that the ornate border I have used for the previous 5 years distracted from photographs.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original:

  1. Get the full resolution photograph printed at 6"x4" on photographic paper.
  2. Print the border using a laser printer (or print once and duplicate by photocopier) on A4 160 g/m2 white cardboard.
  3. Fold the printed cardboard into an A5 greetings card with one straight crease.
  4. Glue (or double sided selotape or similar) the photograph to the card in the correct orientation. Take care not to make the photograph too soggy.

Printing the border & photograph together on a colour printer does not give as good results (neither home laser nor inkject printers have yet reached photographic printing quality). It also costs more (because of the ridiculous current price of printer ink) and gives a more mass-produced look.

More Christmas Cards

For the rest of my Christmas cards, go up to my Christmas card gallery page.