Friday, 21 October 2011

What I'm Reading

It's Study Week next week and with not much else planned I've brought home two wonderful books to keep me occupied. It's been a while since I've read anything apart from fiction so I'm really looking forward to a bit of self education.

The first is Patrick Mauries Cabinets of Curiosities, a wonderful encyclopedia on the origins of the Wunderkammer. I happened on this book by chance while browsing a publisher catalogue and immediately bought it for the art library. Even though I get to keep it for the next few months I'm still tempted to add it to my Christmas Wishlist.

The second is a book called Beauty in Decay from URBEX. It's a photographic exploration of abandoned spaces and architecture which I find both beautiful and sad at the same time.  It's the sort of book I'll pick through, dipping into during quiet moments. (Unlike C of C which I'll read cover to cover) Again, it's probably going to end up on my wishlist for Christmas this year.  


  1. Having finished Beauty in Decay I have to say I was fascinated by the mixture of skill and inspiration in the photographs. I wanted to make a record of some of the artist that I especially liked.

    I'm still a bit undecided about the High Dynamic Range images (this creates a staged, unreal aspect to the picture) but it's something I'd like to try

  2. New exhibition in Manchester featuring James Chadderton, very similar to some of the Beauty in Decay photographs but reworked digitally.