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My idea was a simple one. Create close-up headshots of some of the top Scrabble players in the world holding Scrabble racks spelling their surname with Scrabble tiles.

The trickiest part was getting some of them to pose during a tournament, when there's often little time between games.

I started this series in 2009 at the Michael Wise Memorial Tournament in Toronto, which attracted a few players representing Canada at the World Scrabble Championships.

I resumed this series at the same event in 2011, which ran concurrently with the Toronto International Scrabble Open and Human vs. Computer Showdown.

Here you'll see Scrabble portraits of former World Scrabble Champions Nigel Richards and former Canadian and World Scrabble Champion Adam Logan.

Then there's the scowling, heavy-metal-fan Jeremy Hildebrand and a the blue-haired wunderkind Jackson Smylie, 13, the youngest participant ever in the Canadian Scrabble Championships (who beat Logan in his first match, no less).

To be continued....

Categories & Keywords
Category:People
Subcategory:Portraits
Subcategory Detail:Men
Keywords:Scrabble, World Scrabble Champion, champion, portrait

Nigel Richards, 44, from New ZealandTravis Chaney, 38, from Ashland, ORAdam Logan, 36, from Ottawa, Ont.Robin Pollock Daniel, 50, from Toronto, ONJoel Wapnick, 65, from Montreal, Que.Jeremy Hildebrand, 36, from Ottawa, Ont.Jesse Day, 25, from Berkeley, CADiane Firstman, 48, from New York, NYMarlon Hill, 46, from Baltimore, MDCecilia Le, 30, from Cambridge, MAJohn O'Laughlin, 31, from Wisconsin, USAMaxim Panitch, 36, from Toronto, Ont.James Leong, 28, from Vancouver, BCDavid Boys, 47, from Dorval, Que.Eric Tran, 25, from Calgary, ABJeffrey Nelson, 37, from Burlington, VTTony Leah, 62, from Ajax, Ont.Jason Keller, 30, from Highland Park, NJJoe Edley, 64, from Long Island, NYStefan Fatsis, 50, from Washington, DC

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4.joshua(non-registered)
The photographer seems to be very creative person and his ideas has some logic in it to be implemented. Those pictures are really looking good with headshots of the scramble players. I want write an article in http://www.rushessayonline.com/researchpapers.html blog about this creative idea of the photographer to bring this kind of idea into reality.
3.Sharon McGaughey(non-registered)
Great project. Thanks for sharing.
1.Dannene Drummond(non-registered)
Cute idea! I look forward to seeing more. I'll see if I can talk Jason Bednarz into one :)
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