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This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager (Ready to Travel). Read on for more…

Photo courtesy of Anne Ditmeyer

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Photo courtesy of Anne Ditmeyer

This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Anne Ditmeyer of Pret a Voyager (Ready to Travel). Read on for more about this week’s theme, Simple, and her photography tips!

When I got my iPhone I never imagined how much I’d use it, especially to take pictures. I think there’s something about always having it on me, and at my finger tips that encourages photography of “the mundane.” Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the best pictures.

As a graphic designer I’ve always been drawn to typography. When I used to work for architects I was always photographing cool signs for inspiration for projects. When I travel, from time to time I’d take picture of store hour signs so I could remember to come back when they were actually open.

This summer in Paris a different kind of signage started to attract my eye: the closed in August signs. Taking holiday in France is very much a tradition, and I was constantly amused by the signs I saw, and how omni-present (and handmade) they were. It started to becoming a game for myself to document them as I passed them. Then I posted them on my blog. I had no idea what a great response I’d get, so I followed up with another post with more signs. I loved the way the way something as simple as a boring sign was able to engage readers. It just went to prove that you need not photograph something earth shattering to capture someone’s attention.

Anne Ditmeyer is a graphic designer / editor based in Paris. Her blog, Prêt à Voyager looks at the intersection of travel and design. You can find her on Twitter at @pretavoyager.

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  1. “When I got my iPhone I never imagined how much I’d use it, especially to take pictures. I think there’s something about always having it on me, and at my finger tips that encourages photography of “the mundane.” Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the best pictures.” I fully agree! I’ve been having the same experience(s) since I got my iPhone nearly a year ago.

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  2. I feel blessed today to read of your description “photography of “the mundane.” . I often just end up explaining that my camera… I haven’t figured how to get my photos off my phone yet…sigh…is my “memory”
    and easier to have the photo to read than a piece of paper I’d loose.
    I, like you, take photos of signs, store hours, menus, …
    As I said, a blessing to find you. I never thought of it as being “drawn to typography” but you have it stated perfectly.

    Will see what I have done in the past few days…always something !

    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine.

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  3. Here is my contribution for this week’s challenge – quite simple – a snapshot from a menu, from a little mining town…

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