What is a Calligrascape?

Calligrascape:

The definition of a calligrascape is simple, it is a combination of the written art of calligraphy with less Photoshop and more exploring!

Above is all the mapped photos to date. If you click on any red marker you will go to the Instagram picture that was taken in that location.

We are currently missing a bunch of countries but if you see any empty spots on the map near you, go explore and take some shots! I will tell you how in the later part of this post. I would freaking lose it if we got one in every country. 🙂

Follow us on Instagram for new Calligrascapes from around the world every day!

Current country count: 67/195
Canadian Provinces: 6/13
American States: 29/50 

Full List of Countries
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina ✔
Armenia ✔
Australia  ✔
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas  ✔
Bahrain
Bangladesh ✔
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium ✔
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia ✔
Bosnia and Herzegovina ✔
Botswana
Brazil ✔
Brunei
Bulgaria ✔
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia  ✔
Cameroon
Canada ✔
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile ✔
China ✔
Colombia ✔
Comoros
Congo, Republic of the
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Costa Rica ✔
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia ✔
Cuba ✔
Cyprus
Czech Republic ✔
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic ✔
Ecuador ✔
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia ✔
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland ✔
France ✔
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany ✔
Ghana
Greece ✔
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary ✔
Iceland ✔
India ✔
Indonesia ✔
Iran
Iraq
Ireland ✔
Israel
Italy ✔
Jamaica ✔
Japan ✔
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya ✔
Kiribati
Kosovo ✔
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia ✔
Maldives ✔
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico ✔
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro ✔
Morocco ✔
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal ✔
Netherlands  ✔
New Zealand ✔
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Norway
Oman
Pakistan ✔
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines ✔
Poland ✔
Portugal ✔
Qatar ✔
Romania
Russia ✔
Rwanda
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia ✔
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore ✔
Slovakia
Slovenia ✔
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain ✔
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden  ✔
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan  ✔
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand ✔
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey ✔
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (UK) ✔
United States of America (USA) ✔
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City (Holy See) ✔
Venezuela
Vietnam ✔
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe ✔
Full List of Provinces
Alberta  ✔
British Columbia ✔
Manitoba
Newfoundland
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia ✔
North West Territories
Nunavuut
Ontario ✔
Prince Edward Island
Quebec ✔
Saskatchewan ✔
Yukon
Full List of States
Alabama ✔
Alaska ✔
Arizona ✔
Arkansas
California ✔
Colorado ✔
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida ✔
Georgia ✔
Hawaii ✔
Idaho ✔
Illinois ✔
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine ✔
Maryland
Massachusetts ✔
Michigan ✔
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana ✔
Nebraska
Nevada ✔
New Hampshire  ✔
New Jersey  ✔
New Mexico
New York  ✔
North Carolina ✔
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon ✔
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island ✔
South Carolina
South Dakota ✔
Tennessee ✔
Texas ✔
Utah ✔
Vermont
Virginia ✔
Washington ✔
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming ✔
Wonders of the world

Natural:
Machu Picchu ✔
Niagara Falls ✔
Grand Canyon ✔
Sahara Desert  ✔
Man-made:
Eiffel Tower ✔
Taj Mahal ✔
Burj Khalifa ✔
Golden Gate Bridge ✔
Great Wall of China ✔
Panama Canal ✔
Mount Rushmore ✔
Statue of Liberty ✔
Stonehenge..? ✔

How It Came About

Although I am not the first person to hold a piece of writing in front of a camera, I thought it would be a good idea to give the type of image a hashtag. I was quite curious about the styles around the world and the places calligraphy has gotten to. So calligraphy + landscape = calligrascape, pretty simple but it has a nice sort of ring to it. I see it like this, in most cases you will be the first person to take a picture like this on top of your country’s famous mountain or in front of that important landmark or statue. It’s like there’s a whole new frontier of traveling and taking pictures. Are you up for the adventure? Because I cannot wait to see what we all come up with.

The 6 Steps to Follow to Get Featured:

1-  No Photoshop or computer editing of any kind (You are supposed to be there!)
2- Write some calligraphy or lettering/typography (I don’t discriminate)
3- “Geotag” it or tell me the closest identifiable city (How else am I supposed to add it to the map^)
4-  Include an interesting or identifiable or (at the very least) pretty landscape or background. Does the photo make you want to be there personally? The goal is to inspire wanderlust and creativity.
5- Make sure the lettering you are holding doesn’t cover more than (~50%) of the landscape or background (try cutting your lettering out so you can see more of the background)
6- Follow the @calligrascape Instagram page for ideas 🙂

If you would like to submit a non Instagram post (making it high quality) Contact me by going here

Remember, it’s not a contest on whose is better but a way to showcase your calligraphy and your country (or someone else’s).

 

So get out there, explore and write! Then write about exploring…. then repeat.

Take a hike folks,

Richard

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