Yesterday, we had our first ‘real’ lectures and seminars and we were already given a task for the first week, a photo-alphabet. We are supposed to work either in self-selected pairs or alone and to master the task, we have to take 26 photos. Each of those photos should represent one letter from the Alphabet, using a naturally-occurring shape.
Before I start going outside and looking for motives, I have to make sure to consider certain things that were mentioned in the brief that has been given to us:
- I should try to frame my shot ‘in-camera’ and not edit the photos in the end.
- I should use portrait mode.
- I need to find inspiration! For example, I can look at:
http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/: It offers the possibility to type in words or random letters that then will be demonstrated in photographs. As an example, I typed the letters ‘ABCDE’.
Or: http://artroomonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/full_12984916273_alphabet.jpg: A collage done by taking photos of rooftops which are shaped like letters.
- Also, for research, I can look at photograms of Maholy Nagy and the work of artists in the Bauhaus movement. Doing this I might get a better understanding of patterns and shape as well as the historical background.
- Remember to use Photoshop in the end to put my letters into a collage.
Wise, M., 2007. Alphabet Photography [online]. UK: Alphabet Photography team. Available from: http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/ [Accessed 01/11/14]