Linda was the first one to get her alphabetography collage to me and I think she still has alphabet-on-the-brain! Thank you so much Linda! Once again… I love your creativity!
Our next submission is from Robin W… you know… the “other” Robin.
Robin also found this to be a challenge…
“When this challenge first came, I had already started gathering
letters to spell my name, so I sort of knew it was going to be
tricky. Interesting, as it turned out, I didn’t use any of those I
I thought the straight line ones, N, M, Z, etc., would be easiest, a
simple matter of shooting some iron structures. That didn’t work
out. Those were some of the most difficult to find. I only got
usable N, T, Z and H images a couple weeks ago, and I’m still not too
crazy about some of them. J was difficult to find. And, don’t even ask about G.”
Liz sent me this e-mail…
“Here it is, my alphabet photo collage. Now, if I could just stop singing the ABC’s!”
So I sat there and searched for the letters but was having difficulty seeing them and then suddenly it occurred to me that Liz had a different take on the challenge. Rather than photographing the letter, she photographed something that began with the letters of the alphabet. But even then I was having some difficulty with several of them. So here is her collage and I will let you see if you can figure out all 26 as they correspond to the letters.
On request, she did send a list of all the letters/photos to help me out on the ones I did not know.
A – angel
B – butterfly
C – cactus
D – dog
E – enamelware
F – FAY
G – glacier
H – hen
I – Indian (This a close shot of a stunning sculpture in Raleigh, NC. Awesome story on her.)
J – juniper
K – kale (Arboretum)
L – landscape (Breckinridge Park)
M – magnolia
N – nautilus (at Perot Museum)
O – ostrich – State Fair
P – pig – State Fair
Q – quarter (HA!)
R – roseate spoonbill
S – snow
T – turkey
U – upward
V – Vitruvian (the park in Addison)
W – waterfall (Prairie Creek, Richardson)
X – Xanethe (I know of a girl with this name)
Y – yellow wildflower
Z – zoom (the 2 ladies on the WRL pier)
Each year I give the “crazies” an annual project to work on. The first annual challenge in 2013 was to shoot the same thing repeatedly throughout the year to see how much it can change with weather, time of day, seasons, etc. and then put it in a collage.
For 2014, the challenge was to find abstract letters in everyday things … and no fair shooting letters from signs although that in itself might make for an interesting challenge. The next challenge was to put those letters in a collage of the alphabet. True alphabetography is using these types of letters to spell out a name or a saying but that was not specifically the challenge yet Linda managed to do just that with part of her alphabet!
Honestly, I think Linda deserves some kind of an award as she got her collage to me long before the due date, but somehow I thought she might get into this. We were sitting at lunch one day months ago and she started seeing letters everywhere she looked. I was amazed. Perhaps her creativity is showing!
This is what she shared…
” Here is my alphabet. I am sending it on now because it’s done. Hope it can be seen when it’s posted as it seems like a lot of photos in one little space.”
So… I was looking at it thinking…wait a minute…why are these letters all jumbled up? And then I said… why do I see numbers? Then I counted the squares and there were too many! Suddenly I looked and saw “Crazy Women” and knew at that point that I was onto something… or rather, YOU, Linda, were onto something, and then it was all making sense! Very clever… very creative… and you have a good eye for seeking out the letters!
Linda’s response to my comment:
“I figured it would throw everyone for a loop momentarily, which is why I added the actual letters as sort of a hint that something was going on. Have to give Sheila the credit for suggesting I start with Crazy Women–which worked out fine since no letter is repeated–then I put the rest in order, but needed to fill four more spaces. Remember that I told you I MADE myself use photos I took on our trip to Florida in January (and some of them were a real stretch). Well, when I ‘had’ to add the numbers, I imposed the same restriction on myself, finding 2014 in those photos I had looked at over and over. What fun!”
You know I like to celebrate national holidays and many are totally unheard of, as is this one but it was too much fun to not use as we will be starting our “alphabetography” challenge tomorrow!
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and hope Santa was good to you!
The end of another year. What can I say? It has been a joy sharing photography with you all. I am looking forward to another year shooting together. Hope we can do more outings and we will also be embarking on monthly meetings for those who are interested. Lots of new material and challenges ahead!
(Photo by Fay-la-la)
Have a wonderful holiday season and remember to keep shooting and keep laughing!
Life is good when you have a camera in your hands!
Liz sends our last entry to the “Leaves” challenge…
“What I found by looking for leaves at this time of year is evidence of a long hot and dry summer. Crispy-fried!”
Since she has sent three photos, I took the liberty to put them in a collage using Ribbet for the presentation.