L is for Letters


This year I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time–I joined a photography club! At my church, there’s a group called Go See & Do. They meet once a month for an informal lesson on an element of photography and some show and tell of our photographs. Most months there’s also a picture-taking field trip. I was only able to go on one field trip this year, to a monastery. It gave me enough material for three blog posts. Maybe you saw them? There was one about the buildings, one about the icons, and one about the gardens.

Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 pandemic, all gatherings are suspended, including Go See & Do. However, the leader suggested we continue to take pictures, and he gave us a scavenger hunt as a potential assignment.

A few years ago, at an art festival, I saw the work of Brian Smith, who spent five years driving around the country in an RV, taking photographs of things that suggested letters to him. He puts images together to spell words that hold special significance for his clients.



I thought at the time I would love to try to do something like this; this scavenger hunt assignment was the perfect motivation.

Now, Smith took some pictures of actual decorative letters. I tried to avoid doing that, though it is so tempting to cheat by taking shots of signs.

Here are some “letters” and “words” I came up with:


Some of the letters are easier to “see” than others. It’s tricky to edit them so they come out the same size. This is a fun project that I will continue long-term.

a-to-z HEADER [2020] to size v2

2 responses »

  1. So fun! I recognize some of those pictures! Such a creative photo op. I have a friend who posts a “calendar reminder” photo on FB every day. It’s a photo of a number he saw while walking that corresponds with that day’s calendar date. I look forward to it every day.

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