For this task we were asked to use some of your new photography and Photoshop skills in making a poster including images of the alphabet made from naturally occurring shapes. In a pair, Darlene and I went around Bournemouth to take photographs of objects that looked like the letters of the alphabet. We had to make sure that we took the pictures in portrait mode and made sure we framed the objects in-camera so we didn’t have to do much editing of the photographs afterwards.
To complete this product we needed to get some materials to make this work look good. Firstly we needed to do some research to get some examples of any visual themes we could stick to and some ideas on the places we could look to find some letters in some of the areas we planned to go to.
We took inspiration from other websites such as http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/. As an example I typed in my name and looked at the pictures that my name was made out of:
Another source of inspiration was http://artroomonline.com. They had made the alphabet using edges of buildings to make up the letters. They have also presented the letters in an aesthetically pleasing way.
I had a look at some of the letters on these forms of inspiration and got some ideas on where we could look around Bournemouth the find the letters. These forms of inspiration also gave me ideas on how I could present these letters in a form of poster. Many of the alphabet examples gave a very similar format in the way they were formatted and I wanted to create something aesthetically pleasing and unique from other similar products I had found online.
We made sure that we decided on a theme before we set out to take the photos as we concentrated on things to look at to find letters. During the photoshoot we found it extremely hard to find certain letters like P, Y and Q. After gathering some letters we decided that the alphabet would not have a theme because it was really hard to find the letters in the first place and we thought we found a good variation and clear set of letters.
These are examples of the photographs we took:
The next step was to gather the images together and decide on the final images to use for the alphabet. I then decided to crop the images the same size to make them into a square as it would be easier to place them on a poster if they were all the same size and shape. The final step was to gather them onto one Photoshop document and resize them to fit in a purposeful and aesthetically pleasing area on the poster. I decided to keep them in alphabetical order as it was easier to represent the alphabet. Due to the uneven amount of letters I found it difficult to place the letters evenly so decided to unevenly place the letters in rows so they would end up being in a perfect rectangle shape. My last step was to arrange the rectangle of letters onto the poster and add the border and background colour. This is how my fianl product turned out:
This task was completed so we could open our eyes to the world of shape, pattern, texture, colour and form. It made us open our eyes to the naturally occurring shapes that surround us in ever day life. It also gave us a chance to practice using composition in photography by clearly representing the letter of the alphabet in each image. This task improved my use of layers and alignment in Photoshop as I needed to evenly align each letter carefully to make an aesthetically pleasing final product of a poster.
Wise, M. Wise, S.(2014). Available: http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/. Last accessed 5th October 2014.
Johnson. (2012). Type From the Sky. Available: http://artroomonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/full_12984916273_alphabet.jpg. Last accessed 5th October 2014.