Photo Project: Alphabet SoupPosted: September 25, 2012
Letters, words, signage – everywhere you look. So much so that we usually take it for granted. In this photo project, stop and take a moment to capture some of these interesting, abstract, and often beautiful shapes.
Ready to get started? First, download the Keepsy iPhone app, and click the “+” to start your own Alphabet Soup photo set. Then invite some friends to join you in the treasure hunt for text.
Delight is in the details: Think about the design elements of the the letter you’re photographing. Is it block text or script? Heavy or light? Off-set or embossed? A strong mix will add a richness and balance to your collection.
If it feels good: To give your collection some depth and variety, look for different kinds of textures, like wood, stucco, paper, metal, plastic, concrete, etc.
Simplicity: This project is great for honing your composition techniques because unintended visual noise can be a great distraction. Be thinking about what is creeping into your frame.
The “I’s have it: Challenge yourself by shooting as many examples of a single letter that you can find. Good luck finding Q.
Head on: Taking photos of signage printed on shiny objects like glass or metal may result in an unintended self-portrait. See if you can use this to your advantage.
Imagineering: Instead of literal letters, do an abstract set of found objects. For example, things that start with “A”. Or create an A-Z photo book for a toddler.
Want to check out some more samples? Check out this photo set.