The general guidelines of this assignment were to find and document typography around Austin, in doing so creating an alphabet that defined Austin in a way that was personal and engaging to the viewer. I chose to interpret the directions in a way that portrayed my new view of my surroundings after studying typography for several months. I became utterly engrossed in typography, a dimension of design that was entirely new to me. Being an Austin-native, my physical surroundings had become so commonplace, mundane even. I wanted to express my new found curiosity and excitement of my hometown— the magic of a new perspective.
My process involved hand-cutting lens covers out of black cardstock, 26 in total, for my DSLR camera in order to create a bokeh effect with each letter of the alphabet. The bokeh effect was achieved through the use of a fast shutter speed and a shallow depth of field. My target destinations were dark place with abundances of small points of light. I photographed at Spider House and the surrounding neighborhood, Congress Avenue, and the Paramount Theater.
A lot of my work involves the combination of both analog and digital processes. I believe that with a complete reliance on digital mediums, that something is lost in the final product. A lot of the wonder and the happy accidents that occurred throughout the creation of these photos informed my final product. As I have become more a more diverse and well-verse designer, my knowledge and skills regarding digital medias has increased tenfold, however I will always strive to leave my mark as a human and an artist in my work by at the very least beginning my creation process by hand— pencil and paper.