Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Something Different from a Typewriter...

I don't usually forward FORWARDS, let alone post them, but this recent email landed on my desktop from my Dad. The images were so compelling, I thought it worth sharing with you (that, and what I wanted to share initially was just rather "Meh," in comparison). Apologies if you've seen this already.

Just A Typewriter

He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home ( Roseburg , OR ) for years. Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech and mobility but also taught himself to become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player even after being devoid of a formal education as a child.

When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters ..... @ # $ % ^ & * ( )_ .

Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings.

This great man passed away on June 25, 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many. Can you believe that this art was created using a typewriter?

"I Shall Look At The World Through Tears. Perhaps I Shall See Things That, Dry-Eyed, I Could Not See".---Nicholas Wolterstorff.

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  1. This is amazing! I've never seen it before. Incredible creativity!

  2. Okay, I have to admit the skeptic in me questions the validity of this. But it's pretty cool if it's really true. Looking at a few of the pictures there seems to be shading that didn't come from a typewriter - still even if he typed his characters over a picture that was already drawn, that's still pretty talented.

  3. A picture of a thousand...characters. Yeah, I could call this writing.