We call this lesson Alphabetography - combining the two words Alphabet and Photography and making a new word which describes the art of writing with pictures. Students look for the letters of their names or try to spell a word like Click or Camera. Some students have even made whole alphabets.
Alphabet letters can be found or made. There are no rules - except perhaps that some people say you shouldn't use actual letters - from signs or in books. Even this is debatable. As with most of the best Photography projects, Alphabetography is mostly about looking and using your imagination. You may see a letter and the photographer at your side may not see anything. Move slowly through your environment and look carefully. For this project the camera is a recording device and you don't need clever angles. Just make sure the images are sharp and well framed. Practical Start by spelling your name and then try to make a whole alphabet. Your letters can be found or made. You can stay inside (the kitchen and bathroom are full of letters ) or you can go outside and find letters in the world.
You can also make the whole word in a collage or still life
Students have made whole alphabets. Erin, Jamie and Lucy all made the entire Alphabet & Joseph took a walk along Hampton Wick High St and photographed letters from shop signs to make his alphabet collage
Letters can be found or made.
Using Food to make your letters
And this is an Alphabet made from Google Earth images
Shooting your Alphabet Pictures
Looking for letters
Bare trees reveal Vs and Rs. Pavement cracks and twisted decorative metal gates and fences spell out Ss and Cs and and fallen leaves can be swept into shape. School grounds are full of interesting curves and letter shapes. On sunny days use shadows to make your letters.
1. Fill the Frame !!!!!
2.Make sure it's sharp !!!
3. Use Focus Lock when taking your picture and REVIEW the image to make sure it's sharp !!
Find or make your first name name or initials in the world around you. Each student should try to make at least one initial from something in the kitchen - maybe dry food or kitchen utensils. Let's create our own food alphabet. Get permission first !!