10:30am

Wed June 15, 2011
The Picture Show

Your Photos Of The Day: Still Lifes With Books

These photos come from a set called "Still Life With Book" by Flickr user Juliette Tang. In her words:

To be honest, the pictures began out of nostalgia. I felt like I was in a creative funk and I began taking pictures of books because they signified a more intellectually fertile time in my life. ...

In some pictures, I put myself in the place of a character and arrange the composition as if through their eyes. In other pictures, I try to somehow identify with the author or evoke what I think the author's spirit or intention might be, through my own visual interpretations.

Maybe now it's more vital than ever to take pictures of books. ... While e-readers have their advantages, it'd be a shame to lose the physical sensation of experiencing a traditional book, which is so unique to reading. There's that rustle when you turn the pages, the smell of leather binding, the hollowish thud when you set it on a table. It'd be sad to lose or forget what those sensations are like.


"Your Photo Of The Day" is curated from our Flickr group. Submit your photos here.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.