I love books; they are my favorite possessions. I don’t know that I could ever stand to use a Kindle because I love books too much: the way they look and feel – the typefaces, the cover art, the varied sizes and weights. I have a lot of books. Not enough to say I have my own personal library, but I’m on my way.
I have two bookcases, but those became too crowded as I acquired more books, so I nailed a couple of shelves on the wall to handle the overflow; except now those are nearly full.
I decided to photograph these books because I realized that I spend a lot of time looking at them. As I obtain more books I arrange them in different ways, sometimes by author, other times by theme, other times by size (grouping the large books and the small books), some books I group by the author’s nationality, some by where I was in my life when I read them. I admit I can get obsessive about it.
I remember a quote about music lovers from the movie Almost Famous – “If you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and see your friends.” I know it makes me sound like a loner, but I think I like staring at my books, and arranging them, and having them around me because they are sort of like my friends. At the very least they are good company.