Book Spines and Straight Lines

My submission for an assignment by the Beginner to Intermediate Photography group.


Cropped version here.

  • sparquay 10y

    i like how your focus is on one book, the second book from the left in the shot, not the first one, and not quite the middle one. And the markings on the bindings line up nicely too for that continuing line look.
    Very much in order.
  • Studio E 10y

    Excellent perspective in this image! The lighting was just right, too. It has that library feel to it.
  • Jessica 10y

    I like it also, although maybe next time you could crop it on the right side so the books seem to go on forever. I love the gold detailing on the books. I wanted to shoot some but we don't have any at our house. Great job :)
  • Michael Shea 10y

    Nice job. The line created by the books moves your eyes naturally through the picture. While I agree with sparquay about the focal point, I think I would have preferred just a touch more depth of field.
  • Rob Milsom 10y

    Thank you all for your comments!

    They really are appreciated and I shall take them into account!
  • Richard Wanderman 10y

    What I like best is no titles. Just spines and serious lighting, like a law office. We know they're books from other information: the shelf, the arrangement, etc. but not from words on the spine. Of course if they were a bit more even they could be one of those fake book rows one sometimes see in movies (I've never actually seen one in real life).

    We have a set of "classics" that are bound like this in our house. Unfortunately, or fortunately, my two stepdaughters pawed through every last one of them growing up, as did my wife and her 4 sibs, as did their mother and her sibs. They're old and quite used. I wonder if my now 4 year old granddaughter will want these in this form or by the time she's into it some other form will be "the way."

    You know what Mark Twain said about classics?

    "Classic: A book which people praise and don't read."
    -- Mark Twain
  • touching light 10y

    I have a set just like Richard describes, and I think I'm the only one in 3 or 4 generations that actually spent lots of time with them.

    Boble, your photo conjured the scent of that set of red leather books now at my mother's home.

    There's also something sort of military about these: the leather and gold embossing tells us they're important, and the composition shows them at attention, ready to serve. Very effective.
  • Rob Milsom 10y

    Richard's Pics, thanks for your comment! I took about 9 shots of this row of books, and I liked this one the most exactly for the reasons you state. And it's good to hear that you books have been read! The ones in the picture... well... I've never opened any of them!

    touching light, I am very happy to hear that my picture brought back memories! And I appreciate your comment. Thankyou!

    Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments!
  • sjbmuse 10y

    I really like the way your eyes are drawn down the line too. It could be that the point of focus on one of the vertical 3rds is part of the reason that it works so well.
  • Eric Crowley 10y

    nice perspective -- agree with crop and focus comments.

    The Twain quote is all too true.. Amazon now offers the complete penguin collection, which equates to having to read 1 book a week for 20 years to get through them all. You can do the math. If I learned one thing from my lit classes, it's that you can pass a course without ever opening a single book, but not much equates to the enjoyment of finishing one of the 'classics.'
  • Stefani 10y

    So lovely! I agree also with the crop suggestion, but otherwise really like how you shot this. Great job!
  • Rob Milsom 10y

    Well... it seems that I am obliged to crop it! And looking at it, I agree with the idea.
  • Robert Burton Robinson 6y

    Thanks so much for making this great photo available through Creative Commons. I am using it in the header of my website at I have given you photo credit in the footer, sitewide, with a link back to your main Flickr page.
  • Rob Milsom 6y

    Hello Robert! I'm glad you think my image is good enough for your site. And I'd just like to thank you for taking the time to let me know that you've used it. It's always interesting to see where my work ends up!
  • James Capp 6y

    My compliments. Our group, WikiCollectables, like it so much we put it in our video:

    I hope we did it justice.

    Your fan, James.
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Taken on July 15, 2005
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