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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 ZealandMichael Fagen, 27, from Montreal, QCAnnette Obrestad, 33, from Sandnes, NorwayAustin Shin, 32, from Metairie, LASue Tremblay, TK, from Caledon, ONWaseem Khatri, 33, from Karachi, PakistanOrry Swift, 35, from Beaumont, TXJeffrey Pogue, 17, from Westport, CTLorraine Burton, 82, from Gwynn Oak, MDLisa Kessler, 67, from Charlottetown, PEIKristen Chew, 53, from Toronto, ONSteve Grob, 64, from Fenton, MIAndrew Fisher, 54, from Melbourne, AustraliaJason Hazzard, 45, from Windsor, ONJeff Fiszbein, 62, from Brighton, MIKevin McCarthy Sr, TK, from New Hamburg, NYJoyce Stock, 55, and Daniel Stock, 60, from Medina, OHTravis Chaney, 38, from Ashland, ORAdam Logan, 36, from Ottawa, Ont.Robin Pollock Daniel, 50, from Toronto, ON

Guestbook for Scrabble Portraits
Sharon McGaughey(non-registered)
Great project. Thanks for sharing.
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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