Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

 Bentota, Sri Lanka

Goa, India

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old,
rich and poor, reading books.
Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular,
they are, for a time, transported to another world.

Myanmar/Burma

Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled
everyone access to books, artists have tried to portray the
relationship of readers and books.

Myanmar/Burma

Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of
reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from
Rembrandt to Picasso and Cassatt

and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

China

Rome, Italy

Chiang Mai, Thailand

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so
familiar with images describing words and the
impact reading has on our lives.

Istanbul, Turkey

Reading a good book is a universal activity,
and people read while they do just about everything else.

Afghanistan

Mumbai, India

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

 Ujjain, India

We read to know we are not alone.
– C.S. Lewis

Umbria, Italy

Cuba

Lourdes, France

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind;
it forces you to stretch your own.
– Charles Scribner

Rome, Italy

Venice, Italy

When I get a little money I buy books, 
and if any is left I buy food and clothes. 
 – Erasmus

Istanbul, Turkey

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
– Emily Dickinson

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31 thoughts on “Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

  1. Reading is my favorite hobby and pastime. It is wonderful to see it being so important around the world. Now I have a five year old daughter learning to read and it is wonderful

  2. Thank you Stevebhai.
    You always choose a freat theme and its is accompanied by outstanding photograps and quotes.

  3. I love this. I am about to tutor for reading, spelling and writing. I love books and children. Inspiring!

  4. You constantly amaze me with your photos. I hesitate to even call them photos, they are more soulful like music and poetry. You have been able to communicate most directly to the soul, through the eye of the camera.

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