photo of the day: macleod’s books
Recently I cleaned out my email and went back to an image Ray sent to me. Being really busy I didn’t pay enough attention to the accompanying text and I missed that the image was made right here in Vancouver at the most extraordinary bookstore in town, MacLeod’s books. Here is the link to the whole story.
I stepped inside there yesterday to see if they had any out of print photography books. They didn’t have a large photography section but they sure had a huge art section. It was really busy in there and as you might imagine from the link above, books were everywhere. Literally. Even in the bathroom. Dust lay thick in some corners and as people opened the covers, some began to sneeze–myself included. “Bless you”, the man standing beside me said. I remarked how wholly appropriate it was to sneeze in a place like this. He smiled and nodded. Places like MacLeod’s remind of my father and the times we used to go into bookstores no matter where in the world we traveled. Sometimes he’d buy something but even if he didn’t, it was all about the experience of being surrounded by books and losing all track of time as we delved into their pages. He always used to say that everyone has at least one good book in them. I think that was his way of encouraging me to write, that and taking me to places like Foyles in London.
I’ll go back to MacLeod’s, maybe not to make pictures but to spend time looking through all those piles. Who knows? I might just find a rare book on photography.