Creating Acrostics is an activity created by Claire Collison, designed to enable participants to look more closely, and to provide them with greater confidence that whatever they see in a photograph – and however they name it – is valid and valuable.
Participants are invited to make an ACROSTIC – a list, where the first letter of each word spells something vertically when read down.
They are asked to compose an acrostic spelling their own names, using the material found in a photograph – or series of photographs.
These words become a poetic initial response to the photographs, as well as a highly personal statement. This helps participants not only to look closely and seek out content, but also provides them with a sense of engagement with the photograph, and ownership of their particular way of looking.
‘Farah‘ becomes: ‘Face – Animal – Rest – Anger – Horse‘
‘Isabelle‘ becomes: ‘Ivy in the overgrown house, Streets, Abandoned, Bed, Books, Electricity, Light, Light, Electricity’
These acrostics can be put through ‘WORDLE’ to create diagrams –