I don’t know what it is about my personality — it is as though I am in a constant state of “all-or-nothing” mode. Inherently I know that I have twelve more weeks of summer vacation. I know that is a lot of time. And yet…I am acting as though I must accomplish a year’s worth of activities each week. I am sure whatever my condition is….it has the suffix –aholic attached to it: Workaholic – Vacation-aholic??
It is for this reason that my Library Loot post will not be one….not two….but actually three different posts (and possibly a fourth!). Why you ask?! Because in one week alone I brought home over 25 books and I still have another 30 books on hold. Now in my defense, not all of these books are novels or I really would be certifiably crazy. No, they can easily be divided into 4 or more categories, which is why I am dividing my posts.
The first series of books are devoted to the theme of photography. I believe I shared with you in the spring that I would like to be able to take a decent photograph. No aspirations of becoming a photographer, just the ability to take a photo that others wouldn’t mind viewing. When I thought I would travel to Europe this summer, I borrowed my daughter’s digital SLR and experimented a bit over Spring break. Now I have chosen to view the postponement of my travels abroad as the opportunity to hone this craft. To that end, these are the books that I selected to read first (I am sure others will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead):
- Rick Sammon’s Field Guide to Digital Photography
- Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide
- How to use Flickr by Richard Giles
- Rick Sammon’s Travel and Nature Photography
- Rick Sammon’s Complete Guide to Digital Photography
- Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson
I have also discovered another addiction in my life — similar to book blogs: Flickr. Are you familiar with this amazing social network site with an educational element?! Oh my, I know it has been in existence for quite sometime, but I had no idea what fun it could be! I have only uploaded a few photos, although I plan to do lots more of that this summer. I have also used the How to use Flickr book to discover some amazing photo groups like the bookshelf project (what each bibliophile just drools over), cream of the crop (only the top photos are a part of this group and the amazing thing is that you click on details for each picture and learn how they captured the shot!), and moleskine notebooks (I have wanted to keep one for quite a long time, but never thought I was creative enough. Well, these photos will give even me inspiration!)
If you haven’t checked out flickr — you really should (even if you don’t take pictures it is fun to just look at them all) — and if you would like to view my photostream (such as it is) – please feel free to do so.