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Name Game

We set members the task of taking photos to represent the letters of their names, with interesting results! Phil quite brilliantly understood the instructions in a different way and came up with an enjoyable alternative interpretation. Who knows where this might lead us next: pictorial crosswords?! Some brilliant and clever observation was used by everyone, and one or two admitted to quite a bit of "luck". (It's funny how cables will eventually fall the way you want them to if you try often enough :o)

We all enjoyed the results and had many good laughs along the way. This was a very good exercise in observing our surroundings and Rob found it so hard to stop, he ended up creating a couple of place names too! Well done everyone, superb efforts all round.

David McHutchison
David McHutchison
Images taken around home and garden, employing a considerable amount of luck in finding subdued reddish-brown tones that worked well together and a cable that (eventually) fell into an "S" shape!
Geraint
Geraint
Geraint found himself stuck in a lot of traffic while working down south, but still found inspiration for this very clever interpretation. We were curious which one set him off on this track - and how many times he may have cursed himself for starting along it! We're glad he was able to complete his journey.
Mary Louise Love
Mary Louise Love
Louise planned just to use her forename and surname to give two sets of 4 letters, but got carried away, even hunting around a rocky beach looking for a U of barnacles she'd spotted earlier!
Martin
Martin
Martin made clever use of many man-made objects in the home and farther afield. Did he really stand on his head in the bath?! We particularly enjoyed his "R", the letter we all agreed was perhaps the hardest to find.
Philip
Philip
Phil found an alternative interpretation we had not even considered, managing to set himself what might have been a more difficult task, but we very much enjoyed his lateral thinking! Phil's choice was a botanical one, using close-up images of appropriate trees around the Clan Donald gardens to represent each letter of his name.
Rob Calum
Rob Calum
We've come to expect some unusual and interesting observation from Rob and once again he did not let us down. His lower-case "a" was a stupendous find!
Rob - Tormore
Rob - Tormore
In fact, Rob got so wrapped up in the game, he decided to try some local place names.
Rob - Aird
Rob - Aird
Rob again, and a new place name but with a delicious twist!
Simon Larson
Simon Larson
Simon presented his name as a print, the letters jauntily placed to look like they'd been thrown down and formed his name. We particularly enjoyed his "m" which was formed by the rails at the top of steps down the side of the pier at Kyle. The letter forms only when you stand in just the right place - a lovely bit of observation.
Viva (1)
Viva (1)
Vivian presented us with a couple of clever landscape compilations, including a view from Carrick-a-Rede and Larrybane in Northern Ireland, proving she'd been thinking about this even while on holiday!
Viva (2)
Viva (2)
Again using her Russian grandmother's abbreviation of her name, Vivian gave us a second interpretation, inspired by an image she had previously taken of her initial "V" formed by a whelk moving across a sandy beach. How wonderful that members start working towards our projects some 12 years in advance!

I hope everyone enjoyed doing this as much as seemed evident while we looked at the results. Apart from it allowing us to create unusual name-tags, it helps us to observe everything around us more closely. A strong element of photography is "seeing", as opposed to just "looking", and anything we can do to improve our ability in that area has to be worthwhile.

If you've enjoyed looking at these, don't stop there. Have a go at it. You may surprise yourself! 

David.