Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Found Type Tuesday
This might be my favorite Found Type Tuesday image so far, even if the type is not necessarily the focal point. While walking in the park, I came across these words carved into a wooden observation deck overlooking a small river. I spent a quiet moment wondering about Nik and the person who came to this spot missing him/her enough to carve this sentiment into the wood. Then I noticed the nearby eye drawn with a ballpoint pen and following the grain of the wood. Were the eye and the words put there by the same person? Were the two connected in some way or just random acts of public mark making? I snapped a pic and was about to go on my way when I also noticed how strong the shadows were on this particularly warm and sunny day. I held out my hand to take a shadow shot and it wasn't until I looked at the photo at home that I realized the eye was still clearly visible in the shadow. I used a few photo apps to tweak the image to what you see above.
There are a couple of things that I really like about this photo. For starters, it's more than just a snapshot of found type. It feels like a collaboration between me and the unknown person or persons who drew the eye and carved the letters. I was able to include a part of myself in the photo and I think that enhances, alters, or somehow changes the meaning of the marks. I also like the notion that by creating this image and sharing it here, the unknown Nik will be remembered through this beautiful phenomenon called art--if even just for a fleeting moment. Finally, I like that I now have two images in my shadow series and it feels like the start of an interesting, new direction to pursue.