It could be the one of the man on the rungs of a ladder, so engrossed that he’s not bothered to come down. Or the two young men, propped up against a tree trunk, in a park on a summer’s day, casually absorbed. Five children on a bench, their knees crossed, open books on their laps and especially their hands and fingertips on the pages. A view through a window of a young woman making use of the daylight on a Rue Du Couedic; a view down onto a roof and another woman lying on a towel, she propped against a brick wall, her open book held by both her hands.
How ‘elsewhere’ they are; how held by whatever the written words are. And how still they sit. But of course if our eyes are not to lose focus of the letters, words and sentences, we must keep still. Yet in our minds, in our imaginations, we can go everywhere and anywhere. We can be frivolous; we can be serious. We can do anything; we can doubt everything.
These photographs allow me to reflect on how solitary and personal the activity of reading is. I suspect that is precisely why I like to look at them again and again.
Mary Ann Hushlak
Dramaturg, Reading with Bach
8 September 2013