14 January 2009

Temples of Learning: The Beauty Within


Blown Away (Vogue Italia, April 2006)
Photography by Miles Aldridge
Modelling by Querelle Jansen and Marta Berzkalna


BIBLIOTECA DE LA REAL ACADEMIA DE LA LENGUA MADRID

BNF PARIS

HANDELINGENKAMER TWEEDE KAMER DER STATEN-GENERAAL DEN HAAG

REAL GABINETE PORTUGUES DE LEITURA RIO DE JANEIRO

STRAHOVSKA KNIHOVNA PRAHA

TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY DUBLIN

Within the concept of language and words there is an inherent power far greater than it is really ever possible to comprehend. Yet far from being intimidating or daunting, a quiet moment curled up with a well writen book is a comforting thought for most.

Along with the Vogue Italia editorial, I thought I would also share a few photographs from a book that I discovered online a short while back. The idea of a book with photography of library interiors would most probably sound dreadfully boring to most, yet personally I find these tantalising few images stunningly beautiful. Many may recognise Candida Höfer's work, famous for interior photography in many of the most well known buildings across the world.

I have always found something magical about libraries, it is the idea of millions of voices contained on those tall and majestic shelves. I also find a comfort in old books, I love going to charity shops and buying well thumbed copies of old literature and historical books. The idea of giving a new lease of life to words that someone obviously loved and read often is a warming one.

Currently playing: The Lights and Buzz - Jack's Mannequin

xxxx

41 comments:

  1. lol lovely pics, haha bre ironic aswell, coz i shud be revisin in the libs and im bloggin hehe

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  2. I'd like to visit all of these libraries! I agree; there's something magical about them. Almost majestic.. So many great works gathered in one place. When I'm old I want to have a small library in my attic. With only one small window, and a latter that goes along the tall shelves:P
    Great post Dapper!

    xx

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  3. thats a lot of books!

    Very cool picks. Yeah, I love our lib. too, but its not near to that magnatude..unfortunately.

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  4. now i know why the library/bookstore is my fav place to be...:)

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  5. bluebird: just a quick note dear, but for some reason I can never seem to leave a comment on either of your wonderful blogs!

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  6. These library images are stunning - I too love old books and well thumbed paperbacks. Books are for sharing. You should read 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Zuiz Zafron. It is a magical book about the sectrets of a hidden library in Spain. The best book I have ever read.

    On another note - and a rather big stab in the dark - do you have a place on The Fashion Spot? I really want to join, but I need an invite!!?

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  7. Gawd, I spent years as a kid holed up in the local public library. I still visit if my local library if it wasn't a meeting point for freaks who trawl Craig's List and Meth heads looking for 'change'.

    Anyhoo, happy New Year DK. Sorry it's taken me so long but the demon drink and whorish delights of summer have kept me away from the computer :)

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  8. OMG Miles is a legendary photographer!!!! Love his work very much....so is his wife she's a fantastic make up artiste (forgotten her name)!!!!!!

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  9. Oh wow, that Vogue editorial is sensational - love the lighting and the movement!
    The photos of the libraries are also very beautiful.
    Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left about my illustrations dear. I really appreciate it!
    Have a wonderful day :)

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  10. Stumbled upon your blog today. Great writing BTW> And I concur with you regarding libraries. I work often in the central New York Library in Bryant Park which, with its tall stacks, vaulted ceilings and galleries is both romantic and inspiring. LLGxx

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  11. I haven't set foot in a library in YEARS, but those images make me long for the dark, cavernous halls. I do work at a University ... maybe I'll hop over on my lunch break and wander the stacks.

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  12. i stumbled upon these photos last year, and saved them.. but then forgot about them. thank you so much! i do the same thing, but old books, they are so so beautiful. like i'm holding a piece of history.

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  13. i lovve the post!
    I'm a labrary fan, i can sit their till they close!

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  14. Thanks for sharing, I adore interior photography. I've always felt a certain magical feeling conserning libraries. All the knowledge, in one place, just beyond.

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  15. Thanks you Dapper Kid, I have been meaning to go to the library all afternoon to revise for my exam and these amazing pictures have given me the push I needed! See ya!

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  16. cute pictures, love the purple dress--thats lot of books!!! xx

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  17. :O

    I would for real be in heaven in those libraries. No joke. They're beautiful! I would love to visit a place like that one day!! They look magical, almost.

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  18. Hi Dapper, Happy New Year. Love your new header, very glam. These pics are unbelievable I love the library theme. I have seen some of here photos of theatres gorgeous. Thanks Carla x

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  19. Thanks, she says hello to you! =]

    Can't wait to say how you rock the outfit. XX

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  20. That shoot is stunning. It's how I imagine Carine would look if she was in Harry Potter.

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  21. Reminds me of the ghost librarian in Ghost Busters.

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  22. Haha I agree with Wendy, I thought of Ghostbusters too!! Amazing shoot.

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  23. The library images are so amazing!!!

    And that's a lot of great pictures.

    Thank you, hun for your support in my blog.

    xoxo

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  24. Great pictures! I also love to look at old books, I loe reading classics, and libraries always remind me of enchanted places!

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  25. What a gaspingly beautiful shoot! I miss being a student and sitting in the British library thumbing through leather bound books..there is a quiet stillness and respect in old libraries that enables pure concentration and absorption.

    Agree 2nd hand books have a special charm, I like a broken spine and creased page corner

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  26. I really wonder where Querelle went of? She is stunning!

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  27. those library shots are AMAZING.

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  28. I have to admit that I have a secret library obsession! I mean, there's something so exciting and beautiful about them, you know?

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  29. I am in love with that first set of photos. I completely turn all supernatural and powerful when put in a library. True fact. Know that about me.

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  30. i remember that editorial. wasnt it harry potter related...??

    i love the purple dresses, esp. the 2nd one.

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  31. What a gorgeous post! I loved it, the editorial is fantastic. And all that libraries oh my

    C.

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  32. Even though the editorial is tame in comparison to others; I find it making me uncomfortable.

    But it's still gorgeous.
    Maybe I'm creeped out by it, that's all. I don't know.

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  33. I love the library pics more! Powerful, great angles and lots of life in them!

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  34. If the library in my town looked like any of these, I don't think I would ever leave. Our town library used to be in this awesome historical building, but they decided to move it into an old office building - how boring!
    I'm also a big fan of secondhand bookstores...you never know what kind of treasures are buried there just waiting to be discovered :) There's something so poetic about it.
    Great post, dear.
    xo

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  35. Ahhh this post is so ME. I too love second hand books, they have character. The editorial blows me away, the models put fear in my eyes haha. xx

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  36. Thank you for sharing. That library looks intense.
    & the models in those photos were styled to perfection.

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  37. So amazing! I love how the pahes are flying around! Perfect.

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  38. the post is magical and thank you for sharing the gorgeous images of the libraries. It reminded me my first library at the city i was born in and how i loved just going there, being there and it was only childrens' library. And your post made me even more into going to europe as soon as possible and even for ashort time. loved the vogue flying ghosts as well.

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  39. All those books.. I want to go there! I was in the Public Library in New York last august and it was like I was in heaven.. I still want to go back

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  40. The library photos are making the book-worm in me bounce with glee!!

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