Artistic Alphabet: Still-Life Photography of Life-Sized Letters


The ‘font’ itself is simple, and the process strangely circular – epic amounts of work are put into placing all of the pieces in three-dimensional space, all to set the stage for single photograph of what looks like a two-dimensional letter.

Dan Tobin Smith has done everything from advertising and interiors to still lifes, but these bold and elemental alphabet shots stand out from his expressive and varied portfolio.

The material palette is as broad as it gets – from the broken boards of an old floor to bright flowers and back-lit medical beakers, either defining the edges or interior of each typographical element in this ongoing series.

This is one of those cases where setting parameters and creating consistency through recognizable symbols is (ironically) liberating, setting up a series of colorful (as well as black-and-white) contrasts from one moment to the next.

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