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That bookshelf in your life December 25, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in general, image.

A while back I had though it would be cool to have a place where people submit pictures of their bookshelves; not of shelves themselves but of books in the shelves such that you can clearly read the title/author of each book. Turns out there is already one, or rather there is at least one. And its on Flickr. In the group description, they say :

This group was created so you could browse through the titles on other people’s shelves. Please submit pictures showing your books with readable titles, rather than pictures showing your entire bookshelf from a distance, or pictures of your cat/toys/candles/mugs/skulls/gear/etc on your bookshelf.

I spend little time on Flickr or any photo site for that matter and while I had long heard of this remarkable community thing Flickr has in comparison to other photo websites, only now got a chance to see an example. Those pictures are such a joy to go through, not just to see what books there are out there, but because viewed from a (mental, not spatial) distance, its some kind of collective art – non-mundane art out of things as mundane as a bookshelf.

Not wanting to burden the universe with yet another bookshelf group with members consisting of the founder and a handful of friends who “would-rather-not-be-but-will-be-for-our-friendship”, I got a few pictures of my bookshelf and added it to the group. Here are the pictures and I am mighty pleased about how they turned up. If you decide to put up some of your own, please leave a link in the comments section.

Here is one. This slideshow of all 6 pictures makes for better viewing.

This New Year here is a wish that may there be a bookshelf in everyone’s life. ( And may some of their pictures be up online πŸ˜‰ )



1. Achala - December 26, 2007

“.. thats too neat man, they look like they know of being photographed ..”, all except the fiction shelf 😦

2. Sharath Rao - December 26, 2007

Too many for a row,
but too few for another.
Indulgence in fiction ‘s low,
seldom hence I bother.

3. Achala - December 31, 2007

I know only one other person who replies to prose with poetry. Been talking to her lately? πŸ˜€

4. Harini - November 25, 2009

Myriad hues lining the panels
A green leather chair, teak or rose
The dream will come alive as you sit with
Coffee, pictures, poetry and prose

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