Paula Bailey

January 4, 2012

Book sniffing

I love books. I love the way they look on the shelf or on the table. I love the way they feel in my hand. I love the way they smell. Yes, smell. I confess I am a book sniffer – and I know many of you are too!

New books have the smell of paper and ink, and sometimes glue. Even mass-produced paperbacks have a ‘new book’ smell when you first open them. More expensive books have a smell of their own, but I think my favourite book smell is still the mustiness of old books. Really old ones.

The sensual experience doesn’t end there. Books feel wonderful too. Again, popular novels fit well in the hands – whether we fold them back around the spine, or whether we carefully hold them open to keep them pristine. The beautiful smoothness of the pages of a classy coffee-table book means I find myself running my hands over the pages as I devour the images. Old books, in turn, are fragile and precious, their papers often thin and brittle while their covers may be made from robust materials such as leather, yet weakened at the stitches. Textures abound.

You may have guessed that old books are my favourites. I hope you will enjoy this collection of some stunning photos of some very beautiful old books. And do click through to the originals on Flickr and tell the photographers if you like their photos.

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy.

Libros viejos // Old books by Diego Neyra

'a room without books is like a body without a soul' by Kevin van der Leek

Libros by Antonio Luis Hernández

'hotel register from another era' by Nicholas Mitchell

'Very old book - from 1752' by soozika

'Very old book from 1752 Satyrische Briefe B' by soozika

Oldies... by M. Raj

'Pages of Yesteryear' by Karrie

'....e le favole spiegate colla storia' by Marta Ponari

'Old Book' by Geoff Powell

'Old books' by David Reneses

'Old Jewish Book' by (((The Space Between)))

'Well Read' by Lynn Armstrong

'hanging, waiting, unbound, unravelling' by Shawna Lemay

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November 7, 2011

November Calendar

Eeek! I’m late with this one. The end of October was so hectic that it completely slipped my mind. My apologies.  I’ve been out and about photographing more stained glass – look out for several posts about this on my other blog very soon.

I hope you like this month’s free to download calendar page – back to decay (which is what the autumn is all about after all) and a moody shot taken in a Berlin cemetery.  You can see more of my photographs on my Bēhance portfolio (as well as some of the floral and decay images from this year’s calendar pages).

You can still download the previous months’ pages (see below the main image) and the next one will be out towards the end of November (promise!).  If you sign up for updates on new posts, you won’t miss it.

To download, free to print for your own use, just click on the image below.


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September 5, 2011

Photo exhibition under the sea

Big thanks to my lovely friends over at PK Perspective, the very talented Scottish photographers Ian and Sarah, who have just told me about an amazing new exhibition taking place under the sea.  Yes, that’s right!

Austrian photographer Andreas Franke visited the wreck of the Gen Hoyt S Vandenberg last year and has made some amazing images from the photographs he took there, along with some surprise guests.  Everyday scenes of people with a vintage twist are set within the backdrop of the decaying hulk and the new life that grows on and around its frame.

The images have been sealed within Plexiglass and are exhibited within the wreck itself – held on by magnets which mean they can be removed easily, without causing damage.

Click on the image below to visit the site and see all 12 photographs, plus a video of them in-situ.

The Vandenberg Exhibition

from The Vandenberg Exhibition

 

June 20, 2011

August Calendar

It seems forever ago that I was posting July’s calendar page and looking forward to Glastonbury. Since then I’ve been busy moving house and, as you might expect, very little has gone smoothly. In fact what should have taken a couple of weeks has ended up taking the whole month. Never mind, we’ll be sorted soon and I can get back to some serious photography and hopefully more interesting blogging.

This month’s free to download calendar page is suitably nautical, as I have moved across the water.  I’ve always loved the combination of orange and blue and if I can get a bit of tatty decay into an image too, then I’m more than happy.  You can see more of my photographs on my Bēhance portfolio (as well as some of the floral and decay images from this year’s calendar pages).

You can still download the previous months’ pages (see below the main image) and the next one will be out towards the end of August.  If you sign up for updates on new posts, you won’t miss it.

To download, free to print for your own use, just click on the image below.

August 2011 calendar

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April 25, 2011

May Calendar

What happened to April? The month seems to have raced past, and we haven’t even had all our Bank Holidays yet!

This month’s calendar page features one of my signature images – an abstracted closeup of an old lock on an even older wooden door.  If you’re enjoying the decay photographs you can see more on my Bēhance portfolio (as well as more of the floral images if you like them too).

You can still download the previous months’ pages (see below the main image) and the next one will be out towards the end of May.  If you sign up for updates on new posts, you won’t miss it.

To download, free to print for your own use, just click on the image below.

May 2011

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February 22, 2011

March Calendar

Wow February is such a short month! I can’t believe we’re nearly into March.

I hope you enjoyed February’s beautiful poppy.  This month we’re back to some equally gorgeous decay with a bit of rust and some seriously crackly peeling paint.  I hope you like it.  If you would like to see more of my decay photography, visit my Decay collection on Bēhance.

This is free to download and print for your own use.

Don’t forget you can still download January’s rusty goodness as well as the February page if you want to ‘collect the whole set’.  I’ll be adding a new page at the end of each month so do sign up for updates on new posts.  To download, just click on the image below.

March Calendar

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