In my collection of images related books in art, there are many different takes on the relationship between people and reading, but my favorite one is the mood of absorption.
That’s what I remember most about reading as a child. My utter absorption in the book–beyond sound, time, oblivious to the movement of the sun across the sky or my mother’s voice calling to dinner. It’s a much harder state for me to get into as an adult. But looking at these images, the feeling of that deep entrancement comes back to me.
It’s there in all kinds of setting:
Suggesting its own stories.
In all kinds of weather. (How I love that every reader in the airport is reading an actual book. Talk about a fantasy!)
I love how Sophie Blackall captures not only the mood, but the metaphor. Immersed, submerged, deeper and deeper into the world of the book.
Let me end by thanking all of you for reading our blog this year. And to wish you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas and a New Year of reading enchantment!