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.the dust that gathers in the corner of books like crumbling words
Part of an art project of US artist C Palestine in Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.
Old books for sale in an antique shop in Downtown Nacogdoches, Texas.
Suppongo di essere ciò che chiamano un decadente, che ci siano in me, come definizione esteriore del mio spirito, quei tremolii tristi di una stranezza posticcia che incorporano in parole inattese un’anima ansiosa e funambola. Sento che sono così e sono assurdo.
F. Pessoa - Il libro dell'Inquietudine
I guess I'm what they call a decadent, that there are in me, as exterior definition of my spirit, those sad shakes of an oddity incorporating in unexpected words an anxious and acrobat soul. I feel I'm like that and I'm absurd.
F. Pessoa -The Unrest book
Book Off is a chain of used book stores in Japan. There seems to be one or more stores in every town of any size and they are usually pretty crowded at any time of day. Sometimes you can pick up some nice "coffee table" photography books for three or four percent of their original price. It is almost as cheap as looking at good photographs for free on Flickr. I must say though that it is nice to have a real paper photograph to look at once in a while.
DAY 25: Books
Some children today view reading as a boring chore, but experts encourage parents to recognise the importance of helping children to view books as another form of entertainment just like their other toys.
We have had children’s books around our home since our three year old Son was born. It started with cloth books and plastic bath time books and then things progressed to board books. Now though paper page books have come into their own and he just loves looking at books and listening while Mummy and Daddy read his favourite stories. Our little baby girl is similarly taking an interest in cloth books and we have no doubt that she will develop a great love for books, like her older brother.
Currently our little boy loves all the Disney stories in book form including Jungle Book, Bambi, Peter Pan and 101 Dalmatians. Annuals are another favourite including Bob the Builder, Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine and Winnie the Pooh. Other books he loves include Ladybird books on a wide range of subjects including Visiting the Dentist, Going Swimming, Playschool and Busy Building Site. Having a large range of books available means that he doesn’t get bored and his interest in reading and books is constantly kept strong.
As today’s image hopefully shows, books come in all shapes and sizes, all with a great deal of colour. When you watch a child open a book, you can see straight away that their imagination is awakened and their minds appreciate hearing or reading the words on the pages come to life. As they learn to read the foundation laid during the early years bears fruit as children develop a lifelong love for reading.
Note: the set up for this image meant that the Bambi book was nearly a meter off the ground. There were a huge number of items keeping the books in place (wooden blocks, other books etc). We had one collapse where every book fell to the ground and we had to start again. Eventually we set the camera up with a deep depth of field, a direct link to the PC and we managed to get the required shot pretty quickly. This demonstrates that the time taken in setting up is rewarded.
This image is part of the The Things Children Play With 30 day challenge gallery.
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narrow aisles overflowing with books; music to my eyes; Man Book and Woman Books in Nashville, TN.
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Panorama of the library in Stockholm ;)
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As storm clouds push east, a coal train struggles up Cedar Hill near Grassy.