Download Your "This Place Matters" Sign
You've heard the saying – "A picture is worth a thousand words."
We couldn't agree more, but in our "This Place Matters" campaign, we like to think that a picture plus three little words can help save a place for future generations.
Our campaign is simple (and fun): individuals download a sign (to the right), take a picture in front of a place that matters to them, and upload it for the world to see. Easy enough, right? However, through this project, thousands of people have started conversations in their communities – conversations about the past, the future, and how people can work together to define what really matters.
These are conversations that make a difference.
From the start of the campaign, we've been blown away by the responses we have received – the creativity, the passion, the commitment of our participants. We've had Photoshopped individuals standing on top of a Utah Theater, a student-painted "This Place Matters" mural in Riverside, Illinois, and groups spelling out the slogan in individual letters while balancing in kayaks. Looking back, some of our most compelling submissions have been hand-scrawled signs held by children and multi-lingual signs celebrating our country's diverse heritage.
It's been a great run so far, which is why we're pleased to now offer versions of our sign in Spanish, French, Dutch, and Japanese. You can also download a blank sign that you can customize with your own language or special message.
Hopefully, we've got you inspired. Use the links to the right to download your sign and check out the following easy tips for taking great "This Place Matters" shots.
Kids (or pets) holding the sign usually creates a great “awwwww” moment. It's always good to make sure the person (and the sign) is in the foreground and the place – though in the background – is still clearly visible.
Group shots can be nice, and it’s always great to include folks who don’t look like the “usual suspects” when it comes to preservation. And don’t forget to smile!
Get creative! Sometimes the place is the sign. Just don't forget to pay attention to lighting when you're shooting.
Regardless of how you shoot your photo or which sign you end up using, every "This Place Matters" submission is important to us – and the places they recognize. Have fun, and let's keep the conversation going!
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