the sabbatical blog

There is something grand about the looks on people’s faces when they walk into a bookstore. Many stop talking, if only for an instant, to take in the surroundings. Some slow their gait, allowing their eyes and sometimes fingers to linger over covers and spines. Lining every surface is a reminder that countless others are also thinking, talking, and making their way in the world through language, many languages. What have captivated me the most in my recent travels into and out of bookstores are the book displays. Stacks and stacks of pages and pages clustered adjacently, in varying heights to reflect the books’ differences in thickness. To see words penned in 2004 alongside those that first saw light a hundred years prior, sometimes more — this is nothing short of a feast for the eyes and a playground for the mind.

I initially started photographing displays at instances when…

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