This 365 day project features photos that include words (actual or implied),
text, books,
writing, letters and numbers, signs, libraries, and.... well, you get the idea.


day 15 of 365

This is a photo of my father, which I just edited for a project we're doing for National Library Week, held in April each year. I'm creating a series of READ photos fashioned after the National Library week posters that feature celebrities reading their favorite books. If you've never seen these posters, you can check them out on the American Library Association website.

My grandmother, who took this photo, was an accomplished photographer. She studied with some notable photographers of the day, including Clarence White. My father was 2 years old when this photo was taken in 1931. Throughout his life he was an avid reader, so I have no doubt that even at 2 he was absorbing the contents of that newspaper like a sponge.

If you want to see other photos in this series (and there will be more as the project progresses), visit the READ! set on my flickr photostream. These will be printed and displayed throughout the month of April at the library.


  1. I have the companion photo to that where he is aimed the opposite direction. Grandma was still, very much, practicing her art skills at that point and setting up professional photos. I did a painting from the one that I have... one of my favorites. Yours makes a great READ poster.

  2. A hauntly beautiful photograph.