Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

There are only so many letters in the alphabet. When I talk to young musicians or authors and they ask for advice, I say, ‘You gotta learn all the letters of your own personal alphabet. With music, you need to know all the different kinds of music and everything in and around your given instrument.’

David Lee Roth

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The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant.–Samuel Richardson 

This week’s challenge is to find photographs, which highlight the written word.   Looking at letters in isolation, we are reminded of their power.   They are the building blocks of words and language, describe the world around us, convey thoughts and emotions, and connect us to each other.    Do you remember how you felt when words on the page were as mysterious and foreign as Egyptian hieroglyphs?  Do you remember your joy and excitement when you first deciphered the words in your favorite storybook?  And how you jumped feet first into books, which transported you to different worlds?  Can you imagine how isolated and frustrated you’d feel if you never learned to read?

Pharoah, from the permanent collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In the next photo, a smart interior designer in Manhattan used the power of words to decorate the space around a take-out window and to display the menu.  Just seeing the word “pop” or “luscious” is enough to make my mouth water and my stomach start rumbling.

In the Night Kitchen, New York, NY

In the Night Kitchen, New York, NY

As a writer, I am still entranced by language, by the mysterious power of letters and words.   The alphabet is my creative toolkit, a splash of sound and meaning, with the power to delight and humble and  drive me crazy at times!

Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s enough to make you lose your mind day by day.–Richard Price

To see more entries for this week’s photo challenge, click on the link:   http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/letters/

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