Looking for a unique way to spell out your feelings on Valentine’s (or any other) Day? Try saying it with your body.
If you’re not quite that flexible, you might want to compose your message using this incredible photo series from photographer Jennifer Blakeley and members of the Canadian gymnastics team.
Blakeley, the founder of Alphabet Photography in Toronto, worked with five of Canada’s top gymnasts to recreate all 26 letters of the English alphabet and the numerals 0-9. There are more than 100 variations in the resulting “human alphabet” series
Visitors to the company website can download individual letters to create a unique message, or buy framed messages featuring words such as “dream,” “power,” “strength” or “passion” along with inspirational quotes. All proceeds from the limited-edition print series go to Gymnastics Canada to support the 2012 Olympic team.
Alphabet Photography also offers a poster version of the entire “human alphabet” (below) as well as a variety of customized items through Cafe Press. The second image below, showing one of two versions of the letter ‘a’ in the series, gives you an idea of the detail and craft involved in staging each shot.
Blakeley launched Alphabet Photography in 2007 and has traveled all over the world shooting architectural details and landscapes as part of her “letter art” portfolio.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video that shows Blakeley and the gymnastics, with soundtrack provided by another Canadian supergroup, The Sheepdogs.