Friday, 18 February 2011

Weekend Reflections: les livres se mirent dans la porte vitrée

Books and leather for binding them are reflected in a mirror of the main public library for James' Weekend Reflections.
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Pour les Reflets du Weekend de James.

40 comments:

andrew1860 said...

I love the Antique chair

Kay L. Davies said...

What a beautiful corner - the books, the chair, the mirror, everything!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Isabel said...

Love the photographs on your blog. I would like to visit Versalles every day so, I'll link you to my blog!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

These reflections are "well-read" and elegant... Sorry about the play on words but I could not resist

I like the art hanging in the center of the books, too.

Bises,
Genie

Randy said...

A wonderful spot for a good read. Nice reflection too!

Regina K said...

Nicely done. I could reflect there comfortably.

SRQ said...

Wonderful capture. I could curl up in that chair for awhile and enjoy a good read.

Bob Crowe said...

I like your composition here. The solid chair offsets the expansiveness created by the mirrors. But why on earth is there a small abstract painting over some of the books?

Jack said...

I knew that, when Friday came, you would have a good and unusual reflection from the library. YOu didn't disappoint us, Ciel. Very elegant.

T. Becque said...

Another intriguing spot, makes me want to keep wondering and seeing more!

cieldequimper said...

@ those who are wondering: that isn't abstract art, it's leather for binding (part of the binding exhibition).

Dina said...

I'm glad you added the comment. I was searching everywhere for leather.
Cool!

Thirtytwo degrees said...

May I ask ( Permettez moi) how do the patrons dress for such elegance? Is casual wear acceptable? Or are we seeing special exhibits? The rare book room here is closed to the public and must be reserved to use or read a book. I did read a book on Louis XIV in the Phoenix rare book room. I had three/four hours to read the book as fast as I could.

cieldequimper said...

@ 32°: There is no dress code, it was a Saturday afternoon and jeans were fine! This room isn't closed to the public, but the bookbinding exhibition (more of it in the coming days) is now closed. If you want to take out a book to read as in every library, you won't go here but to the booklending department in an altogether different part of the building.

@ Bergson who yesterday asked if the books could be stolen: there's fine chicken wire everywhere!

Bergson, tu demandais s'ils pouvaient être volés : tous les livres se trouvent derrière un fin grillage invisible sur les photos.

Cezar and Léia said...

I love that chair dear Ciel!Wonderful capture!
Léia

Tammie Lee said...

a wonderful photo. I love old books

Malyss said...

J'aime ce mot: "se mirer"! ça va bien avec l'élégance du lieu.Y avait-il une légère odeur de vieux cuir flottant dans l'air?..

Cergie said...

Les livres sont de vrais nids à poussière c'est pourquoi les vitres je les aime bien aussi devant eux...
Ils sont aussi faits pour être manipulés, j'adore les biblis à étages et à échelle...

VP said...

Those old books look too serious to be conceited...

Woody said...

It would be impossible for me to read or study here, there are far too many fascinating distractions.

Woody said...

P.S. I have a title for the book. "How to get lucky for $3" :-)

brattcat said...

Ciel, this image tugs at my heart. So beautiful, so elegant, so proud.

Rebecca said...

A cozy nook!

Pat Tillett said...

Now that is the kind of chair that should be in all public libraries. Usually, it's the standard hard wooden cair. Great photo! thanks...

Halcyon said...

Another perfect reflection. I have really enjoyed this library series. What a wonderful place to visit!

Sylvia K said...

I do love libraries and your series has been terrific! This is another marvelous reflection in such a fantastic place! Thanks for sharing, Ciel! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Francisca said...

How unusual to see the leather swatches in orange and pink... typically only brown is used... although I do have a leather cover with 24 karat goldleaf that is reddish. That mirror gives the room... well... more room.

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Very nice

Gine said...

Une bibilothèque sans fin : le rêve...

Karen said...

I would love to sit in that chair and read. A beautiful image!

James said...

I'd love to go there to find reflections, books or both. This is so much nicer than the library here.

Wick Daily Photo said...

Totally exquisite.

Carola Bartz said...

Merveilleux...

Dina said...

Fine chicken wire?! No kidding!

Sharon Van Lieu said...

Great reflection and a great series, Ciel. What a marvelous library you have. There is a very impressive one here, I'll have to get some shots of it.

Sharon

'Tsuki said...

Imposante, austère luxueuse, cette bibliothèque... J'imagine qu'elle doit paraître encore plus imposante à la lueur de ces reflets de miroir lui ajoutant de la profondeur en perspective...

Genie said...

What a lovely shot. i would love to be sitting there in that corner reading a good book. Great reflection shot.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I was surprised that this is a public library. Assumed it was part of the palace. It is so elegant that I guess homeless people do not spend the day in your libraries to stay warm.

Buck said...

I like that the reflection shows more than the... er, original? Beautiful!

Becky said...

I really like how the chair is so incongruous with the rest of the photo. Everything else is straight lines - mirror, books, hanging framed bunch of rectangles, shelves, etc. But the chair is ROUND. Love it. Very artistic shot.