You know, you don’t have to spend a ton of money in order to do something creative each day, and I think that it’s very important to do something….anything that is creative, each and every day. We are teaching this lesson to Ingrid, who often goes out with me for duo photo shoots.
The object is to stroll down Division Street in Portland, and to photograph every letter of the alphabet sequentially. These photos are then sold, via Ingrid’s own Amazon account, and are used by collage (and other) artists in their work. While it’s nice that Ingrid can earn a little pocket money, the more important lesson for her is the art of looking. This exercise makes her look closely at things, and to really examine and think about them. This sign was a good example. She read every word of it, and we had a great talk about it along our way.
Each letter forms its own complete composition. We discuss things like color, shape, form, edges and other aspects of the design so that Ingrid can get a better overall picture of what the project is about. She does really well, too!
It usually takes us around 2 hours to capture the entire alphabet. There are some tough letters, such as “Q” that can be difficult to find. We also have a rule that once a letter is photographed from a specific window, one can’t photgraph that same letter from the same window again, so this adds more of a challenge. I got her this little Pentax camera for Christmas. She’s so proud of it, and takes very good care of it.
Sometimes the letters come out fuzzy and out of focus….but that’s ok, too.
Ta-Daaaaaaaaa! If you are an artist and would like to use any of the photos in this post only, please feel free. These photos are not up to our usual high standards, but some of the images are nice. (I particularly liked the composition of the letter “B”.)