Welcome! This Is My Sign is a social art project where people are photographed holding their own message to the world.
Each participant is asked:
If you had the chance to send the world a message, to give the world a sign, what would your sign say?
The message each participant puts on the sign can be whatever he or she would like it to be. The only limit is the space on the sign itself and the letters that come with it. Each participant assembles their own message on the sign, and yes, that’s the exact same sign in every photo!
Photos taken for this project are published here on this website. You can follow the project through the project’s Facebook page, Instagram feed (@ThisIsMySign) or Twitter. I’ll be posting everything to everything (eventually), so just pick your favourite and you’ll be set!
And of course, if you like what you see, please feel free to share the posts with your networks. One person’s sign may well be the sign someone else is looking for.
My name’s Wendy Hanna. I’m a writer, crafter, occasional filmmaker and terrible procrastinator.
I started This Is My Sign because I believe everyone has something to say to the world, that everyone has something meaningful to share. It’s what this project is all about.
While I’m not a professional snapper by any means, I love taking photos and I love people. I’m hoping to photograph as many people as I can, of all different ages and experiences and walks of life, because I really want to know everyone’s message. What would your message be? What’s important, when you really get down to the nitty gritty, to you? To us? To anyone? If you had to stand up in front of the world and say something, what would you really say?
When we see other people, people like ourselves, contributing in their own small way to bigger projects, particularly creative or artistic endeavours, it helps remind us that to be creative is to be human, and we all have the capacity to create, to think and to share. We all matter because of this. Being human can be a wonderful thing, and through this project, I hope to explore a little piece of that human, creative state.
I started taking photos in December 2014, and hope to continue for at least 6 months. At the end of that time, I’ll see how I feel and how others are responding to the project. My great hope is that both the participants I photograph, and the people who view their messages find something joyful, meaningful and beautiful in the experience. I know I have, and it’s only just started…
So, I really hope you enjoy This Is My Sign! And one day, I hope I’ll photograph you too. Thanks so much for stopping by.