The Alphabet Game
Your everyday surroundings take on a different meaning when your eye is trained to look for letters of the alphabet. All of a sudden that lamp post becomes the letter J, the curve of a fountain a G. Playing the "alphabet game" forces a photographer to look at his/her surroundings as much more than simply a landscape or building. You and your camera are drawn to details and vantage points that would largely be ignored without the lens of looking for letters. WARNING: Soon letters will be ALL that you can see!
Both building architecture and the natural architecture of trees ended up being some of my best inspiration. In a single building I could find many different letters simply through zooming in and out, and finding different perspectives. The same is true of a particularly twisted tree - in the trunk, the branches, leave lie many of my desired shapes. Cursive or printed - capital or small!
Sure, there are the letter's O, T, and V everywhere. However, things got a little more tricky when it came time to identify a Q…..
Even as I have completed my alphabet (many times over) I still find myself stopping to photograph a particularly "R" that surprises me. The game, in addition to changing the way you look at your surroundings, is just plain fun!
Students that take my beginner class can prepare to engage with the alphabet game!