I follow a blog at http://www.LondonvsParis.blogspot.com. Three times a week a woman in London and another in paris choose a subject and then post their images from the respective cities. I’ve tried to find a friend who would do the same with me, but none of them are in to photography the way I am. So I thought, okay, I’ll do it on my own. I’ll check out their blog, three times a week, and then make an image using the same subject they have chosen. They may never see my post, but I thought it would be fun to find their subject in my State of Oregon. I wish I had started when they did, but better late than never.
So yesterday the subject was bookstores. Mine is from Astoria, Oregon. A little corner bookstore and coffee shop. So many of our bookstores are closing in Portland so it’s nice to find some little independent stores still open in small communities. I hope the e-books won’t signal the whole demise for the printed word on paper.
One of the things I love doing in London is to wander down Charing Cross Rd and visit all the independent bookstores. I will be there in September and I sure hope they are still open. I also plan a week-long visit to Hay on Wye in Wales where the town is loaded with about 40 bookstores. Oh, I will be like a kid in a candy store. Save me.