15
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Theme: Typography

A photo with a focus on typography. Letters, numbers, words and so on. The shapes of them, the layout or where they're placed. Address numbers on buildings are sometimes quite interesting. Writing on roads, signs and so on.

I imagine the focus being on the presentation of the words, rather than the meaning of them but I can see that latter working too.

This theme was suggested by Vian Esterhuizen.

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21
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Confidential

Manila, 2019

iPhone 8 + macro attachment, desaturated with minor exposure adjustmentsenter image description here

19
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Numbers

1,2,3

At MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Australia.

September 2013

Canon EOS 5D III, EF24-105 f/4L @ 65 mm f/5.6, 1/13 s, ISO 3200.

18
votes

Movable Type

Colonial Williamsburg, 2018-11-21

Sony a7R II, Minolta MD 50/1.4(?), f/1.4(?) @ 1/3s

movable type

16
votes

Surviving the Flames

A book that survived a house fire

This book survived a house fire. It was rescued from the flames when the bookshelf it was on collapsed, throwing it into the fireplace and into the path of the water pouring in from the fire fighter's hoses. This photo was taken two days later as the book dried in the sunlight streaming in through the collapsed roof.

11
votes

Laphroaig

Oulu, Finland, 2021-03-30.

Fujica ST801 - EBC Fujinon 55mm f/1.8 with a short macro extension tube - Ilford Ortho+ 80

Aperture f/1.8. Shutter speed either 1/4 or 1/8. Testing the lens with the macro tube.

11
votes

Disinterest

September 2020, on the Vienna Underground ("U-Bahn")

Minolta XG-1 on Kodak T-Max 400, Soligor Macro* @ 1/1000s

Photo "Disinterest" by Alexander Leithner

This leaflet reads "Because Racism is everyday life for far too many in Vienna" and was part of the election campaign of a new communist/leftist party ("LINKS", which translates to "LEFT") running for mayor, city council and state government in 2020's Vienna State Election. Seeing this flyer end up on the floor of a mass transit network station made me wonder whether such issues are addressed often and thoroughly enough in Europe.


* Sadly, neither I nor the previous owner of the camera and lens recall what model it is.

10
votes

Footnotes in Footnotes in Footnotes

Germany, 2021-04-26, Sony DSC-R1 30.2mm/7.1 @ 1/1000s (flash)

Critical editions summarise several different text versions in a manner where one can actually cite the exact page and wording from any of the covered variants. This critical apparatus contains a canonical version with its original author footnotes, a layer of footnotes representing variant versions, and another layer of footnotes from the current editor.

Critical edition typesetting

10
votes

In need of protection

February 2021, near the famous Prater amusement park in Vienna, Austria (specifically right in front of the "Republik Kugelmugel")

Minolta XG-1 on Kodak UltraMax 400, Soligor Macro* @ 1/250s, if I recall correctly

Photo "In need of protection" by Alexander Leithner

This sign is pretty close the the official street signs of the City of Vienna: it uses the same font, colour and layout ("2.," denotes the district, in this case the second district, Leopoldstadt) but is fictitious as is the whole Republic of Kugelmugel. It reads "Anti-Fascism Square" in German which is especially ironic as Austria's history includes episodes of Fascism where razor wire was among the utilities of first choice. Thus, seeing something dedicated to Anti-Fascism behind razor wire made me take this photo and think about this for a while.


* Sadly, neither I nor the previous owner of the camera and lens recall what model it is.

9
votes

Hope

Los Gatos, CA, April 25th 2021

Nikon D500 with Nikkor 18-140

f/18, 1/10, ISO-20000

Lit using iphone flash and moon used as a backlight behind bottlecap. The image displays differently on different screens so if you can't read the text it says "Democracy Dies in Darkness" and "The Washington Post"

enter image description here

9
votes

Traditional Pharmacy

Shirakawa, Japan, 08/25/2017

EOS 6D, 35mm@EF24-105 f/4L, 1/125, f/5.6, 3200

Traditional Pharmacy

9
votes

As a Science Student - 2013

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This was taken by a phone, a very low resolution phone. I was quite forcing myself to study those days and was feeling depressed. I found this quote motivating.

7
votes

Words fail to convey the real message

Picture taken in Bangkok's Safari World on April 13th 2021. Photo taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/3.2, shutter time 1/125s at 18.92mm and ISO320.

enter image description here

7
votes

Many Leather Bound Books

Trinity College, May 2019

Galaxy s8

Many Leather Bound Books

6
votes

THANK U ❤︎ DR. FAUCI

San Francisco, June 27th 2020

Canon Rebel T1I & Tamron 70-300 Macro

f/10, 1/160, ISO-200

enter image description here

6
votes

Conquistadores

I have some phrases for handwrite practicing, one of which being "Conquistadores" as it has a nice flow of the letters. Then the Sun came in and the shadow of the pen caught my eye and I tried to capture it with my iPhone 8.

writing in sun light

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  • Wouldn't that be calligraphy? – user98068 Apr 29 at 11:24
  • @user98068 Yep, but it's much closer to typography than many of the graphical rubbish captured on some of the other photos. – yo' Apr 29 at 18:26
5
votes

In the Beginning Was the Word

Germany, 2021-04-26, Sony DSC-R1 22.2mm/13.0 @ 1/1000s (flash)

Latin/Greek New Testament critical edition, John 1 John 1

5
votes

Typographer's favourite shirt

Prague, April 29th, 2021

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  • LG G8s ThinQ (LM-G810)
  • ISO 150, F1.8, 1/50
  • Focal length 4.26mm (35mm equiv 26mm)

Shirt courtesy of Coton Doux, France.

3
votes

Roadside beer can art

Some interesting texts at this roadside beer can art exposition / sale. While can't read most of them, the message on the light post has some English text on it:

Some of the things you have I my lack. And some of the things that you lack, I might have.

Picture taken through a car window somewhere in Khon Kaen, Thailand on the 28th of March. Photo taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/3.5, shutter time 1/320s at 31.33mm and ISO100. The typography is best enjoyed after clicking on the picture to get a higher resolution version.

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3
votes

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Modern Times

October 16 2020

iPhone SE

1
  • lol. Dropcap and all.\ – scottbb Apr 27 at 19:01
2
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One more day to go !!

An interesting drawing on my breakfast delivery on the last full day of quarantine. Picture taken on March 26th at the Pullman Alternative State Quarantine facility in Bangkok.

Photo taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/2.4, shutter time 1/400s at 8.8mm and ISO100.

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2
votes

Inscription on the Basin of the Forum Baths

Pompeii, Italy, 10/05/2016

EOS 6D, 20mm@EF16-35mm f/4L, 1/30, f/8, 1600

"Cold water was piped into the basin at the centre of the photograph, thus enabling bathers to cool off when they wanted." - Work and Play in Everyday Pompeii Gallery

"The apse at its southern end contains a labrum or marble basin (pictured right and below) provided, according to the inscription, by the duoviri Cn. Melissaeius Aper and M. Staius Rufus for the not insubstantial sum of 5,250 sesterces." - Forum Baths

ForumBathBasin

2
votes

Selling Stolen Stuff

Gas Station in Middle of Nowhere in Southern California, February 14th 2021

Canon Rebel T1I & Tamron 70-300 Macro

f/14, 1/800, ISO-1600

enter image description here

2
votes

Messages written in UV pen.

Taken 30/10/2020 @ Compton Verney, UK. OM-D E-10 Mk III f/4.5, 1/13 @ 53mm with the 40-150 "kit" lens ISO 1250

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2
votes

Door Bell

For a small fee, you can climb the narrow stairs to the top of the tallest church in the world. In the evening, the doors get closed and locked. This bell is intended for those unfortunate visitors who find themselves trapped in the upper half of the church tower.

Ulm Minster, Ulm, Germany. December 2019. Huawei Honor 10 Lite.

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2
votes

American Ink

Some beautiful labels on several ink bottles by American companies, as can be seen in Gallen-Kallela's atelier in Tarvaspää, Espoo, Finland.

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30|08|2020
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk II
f1.8 | 1/50s | ISO 640 | 45mm

2
votes

Where studying meets boredom

France, 2012-05-20, HTC Desire HD

This was by far the worst course I ever studied. It was very difficult to concentrate so I'd rather try to write as well as possible or take pictures than really study...

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