Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | August 27, 2012

For the book-loving voyeur

Do you enjoy the odd, harmless bit of voyeurism?  When in a friend’s house, do you scan their bookshelves?

If so, here’s a book-lover’s website for your enjoyment: the Underground New York Public Library, which is not a library at all, it turns out, but a collection of photographs.

It’s by Ourit Ben-Haim, who describes the project: “The Underground New York Public Library is a photo series featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. The photos come together as a visual library. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole.”

I find the result delightful.  It captures an interesting vulnerability of people reading.  What they are reading, and what or who surrounds them, often creates a juxtaposition. A new one is posted each weekday; you may find yourself returning to this site!  An active community has developed there, commenting on the photos, finding synchronicities, and telling the stories of some of the photographs.

A fun site to explore, and to relish the simple sight of people reading.
–Mary Beth

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