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Alphabet Picture Challenge – A World Full of Letters

May 20, 2015

Kids are always amazed by the beauty surrounding them. They see the beauty in small things, they can get mesmerized by a tiny crack in the wall because it looks like Winnie the Pooh’s honey jar. They can play I spy you spy literally for hours, because they actually do see hundreds of things that are yellow.

When we grow up, sadly we lose that ability. We still look around, but we don’t see anymore. Honestly, when was the last time you noticed a ladybug sitting on a rose stem? Or a fallen leaf, so beautifully red you just had to take it home with you? Or a cloud shaped like a dragon? My point exactly.

I would love to get this ability back. Just look at the world in awe, being mesmerized by the smallest things. So that’s why I came up with this goal:

No. 33 – Create an alphabet photo series.

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Well, actually I didn’t come up with it myself, I found it on Scarlets blog. I really enjoyed looking through her photographs. It seemed like such a fun thing to do. And I think in this case, stealing is allowed, right? Well, I won’t steal her pictures obviously, just her idea.

The rules are simple:
1. Photograph objects that accidentally look like a letter.
2. Accidentally means that you are not allowed to manipulate the object in any way, in order to become the letter.
3. It doesn’t matter if it’s a capital or a small letter. Finding the alphabet in the world is hard enough as it is.
4. You can replace each photo with another, if you find the same letter and you believe this one is better.
5. This project is supposed to be fun and fun only. It doesn’t have to be the greatest picture quality ever. Just take the damn photo, you perfectionist!

This actually was one of my favorite goals. The first weeks of my project I noticed I already started to look around more than before. I started to see objects in a different way. I even took some pictures. After a while however, I turned back into the adult I had been before and forgot to look around me.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided I wanted to actively search for letters again. Last week, I even got really enthusiastic together with Ruud, when we found the perfect Q. We started looking around and found five other letters in the same place!

The project is not nearly finished yet, but I would like to show you the letters I already have found.

The letter A

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Okay, this one probably isn’t the best one I can find, but it’s a start, right? I found this one with my boyfriend last week. On any other day, I probably wouldn’t even have bothered to take this picture, but we were on a roll and it was so much fun.

The letter E

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

This actually was the very first letter I found! I was cooking and after I poured the liquid butter into the pan, I noticed it formed an E! I rushed to my phone and managed to take a photo before it had melted.

The letter F

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

I wasn’t a fan of the left part of the picture, so I cut it just to show the letter. Is that cheating? I don’t know, I don’t see anything in the rules about cutting the pictures. Still, it doesn’t feel super right, so maybe I’ll look for another F in the future. Or I’ll go back to the same place and take a better picture. Oh wait, there is something about perfectionism in the rules. I really like this F!

The letter H

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

I was going on one of my walks through the neighborhood, when this big H just jumped right into my face. I was very surprised, because I had passed by this spot a lot of times before, yet I had never noticed this huge H. See? I’m such an adult.

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

I already got the perfect H, but when Ruud and I were investigating the surroundings for a hidden alphabet, I stumbled on this one! This was to good to leave unnoticed. So now I have two perfect Hs. Which one should I choose for my final alphabet compilation?

The letter J

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Isn’t this a pretty one? If it wasn’t for this project, I’m very positive I wouldn’t have given this lamp any thought. A shame, isn’t it? But now, I was even sitting on my restaurant table to be able to take this photo! I didn’t let shame hold me back. All for the project, people. Dedication ftw!

The letter K

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Like I said, it’s all about seeing details. This actually is part of a frame of a wooden bench. Again I’m wondering if I’m cheating though, as this is a tilted picture. Well, come to think about it, it was me who was tilting to take the picture, so that counts, right?

The letter L

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Okay, this isn’t exactly Winny the Pooh’s honey jar, but hey, it’s a nice crack in the wall, isn’t it? Although it’s not exactly a crack either, but the space between bricks in the wall. Bottom line is, I got myself an L.

The letter Q

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Like I told you, the perfect letter Q! Ruud and I were eating in a restaurant where every table was different from the others. Ours had a kind of drawer that was partially sticking out of the table (in my stomach, which wasn’t the nicest place it could have chosen to be). I was curious what the drawer was for, so I pulled it open and to my astonishment, I saw four (!) perfect Qs!

I asked the waiter what it was for, afraid it might actually be logo of a huge Q and I wouldn’t be allowed to use it for my project. I mean, it looked to good to be true. But the waiter assured me this was meant to be filled with coasters, because the table was deliberately made unstable. Guests can stop the table from wobbling by putting these coasters underneath it. Really, who comes up with that? Awesome story which resulted in an awesome letter!

The letter X

Tanya's 101 ~ Alphabet Picture Challenge - A World Full of Letters | Trying to find the alphabet in the world around us

Hey, see my face reflecting in the glass? I didn’t only photograph the letter X, I also took a selfie along with it! (Don’t worry, I promise I’ll come up with a better one for my Selfie Challenge this month). Normally I would avoid being reflected in my own picture, but it was either this or have a really weird angled X. So I choose this option.

Nine different letters already! I’m looking forward to spot the other 17! Which of my letters do you like best?

xx
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Hello there! I’m Tanya, writer, translator and blogger. I am doing 101 goals in 1001 days, because I want to turn my dreams into reality. I hope my goals will inspire you to live your life to the fullest as well!

Besides this blog I also write short stories, columns, plays, video scripts, subtitles and so much more. If you’d be interested in hiring me to write for you, please check out Typisch Tanya. If you’d like to read my stories, you can visit me on Tanya’s tales.

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