This week, I’m answering a question posed by Simon at Stuck In A Book, who challenged his readers to:
Post a picture which sums up your reading taste, or a section of it. I’m looking for a picture which doesn’t include a book in it, or a character from an adaptation, or anything like that. It can be a photograph you’ve taken, or a painting you’ve seen, or anything … have fun with it.
He is collecting the posts that people have done here. Perhaps you have seen some of them around the book blogosphere? Well, this was just too interesting for me to pass up. After quite a bit of Googling of various terms, I found a visual artist–Erik Johansson–who captures almost perfectly what I look for in a book (Trust me … you want to go visit Johansson’s web site, which is why I am linking to it three times in this post.) Erik is a 25-year-old photographer from Gothenberg, Sweden who uses retouching to create some memorable images. It was incredibly hard for me to pick just one of his images, but I finally settled on this one.
I picked this image because I love to read books that:
- surprise me
- have something unexpected below the surface
- have a sense of humor or whimsy
- may not be what they appear to be at first glance.
Have you taken Simon up on this challenge? If not, I encourage you to do so!