Fade to Black (by Ana Luísa Pinto [Luminous Photography])
[Every week, there will be a letter, going through the order of the alphabet. Every Monday, I’ll open the Chambers Compact Dictionary and I’ll randomly pick a page of the said letter. Out of that page, I’ll randomly pick a word. And every Friday, there will be a picture based on that word.
Welcome to the Alphabet Tales. ]
Zero, ze’ro n. cipher; nothing; the point from which the reckoning begins in scales, such as those of the barometer; exact time (hour, minute and second) fixed for launching an attack of beginning an operation.
Sooooooo. This is it. The Alphabet Tales end here, today, right now.
And I have a few thank you notes to spread around:
Thanks to my big, fabulous, noisy family, who didn’t look at me too weirdly when I covered myself in fake blood that wouldn’t come out for three days. In all seriousness, I couldn’t have done this project if I didn’t have their support, both in spirit and in objects that I stole and couldn’t find a way to put back (have you managed to fit all the keys with the right locks, Grandma?)
Thanks to my friends, especially those of you who helped out with photos, with moral support, with pushing me on when I really didn’t think I should continue this project. Both online and offline, you were an inspiration and a joy to work with and for.
Thanks to all of the people who followed, commented, liked, favorited and shared this series. It became a lot more than I expected, and I hope the next step that it’ll take (I’ll tell you all about it when it’s all arranged) can also count on your support. In all seriousness, few things feel as frustrating and disheartening as thinking that you’re working for no one, that your work isn’t seen; I didn’t feel that, at all. You guys made it possible to me to hold my head high and keep going with your kind words and one-click-acknowledgements. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lastly, to my M, who was there every step of the way, who was always the one to say ’stop’ when I wanted to sort the words, who was always the first to see the results and to endure countless hours of ‘I HATE THIS PHOTO’. None of this would have been possible without you, love.
Thank you for being here, and I hope to keep seeing you around! From now on I’ll be posting random self-portraits that I have stocked up — at least until I find another series to work on.
Have a wonderful weekend!