My summer reading has been varied to say the least. I have enjoyed some good ole' mysteries by Agatha Christie, listened to Malcolm Gladwell read his insightful book Blink: the power of thinking without thinking on my daily commute, and recently checked out a number of books of and about women photographers.
The books I found were certainly creatively inspiring, and like many of my favorite books, they helped open my thought to new ideas, and in one case inspired me to take steps to pursue an idea that has been simmering in my thought for many years. Here are some of my present favorites.
The revised tenth-anniversary edition of Mother Earth edited by Judith Boice, is a delightful 187 page book of images and just the right amount of inspiring text to inspire contemplation about the treasures on earth. I already have a list of people that I would enjoy this book for a gift.
For something completely outside of my general view, Shadi Ghadirian Iranian Photographer Edited by Rose Issa provided me with a perfect injection of distinctly non-western portraiture. It is a collision of tradition and modern trends.
Hard Knocks: Rolling with the Derby Girls by Shelley Calton, is an unmistakably intense "...well-rounded glimpse into the fiercely competitive, theatrical and sexy world of roller derby". It is certainly a gritty, adventurous, and striking black and white snapshot of wickedly awesome roller derby women. If I was bolder, I would love to join their fun! I promise you will be inspired to rent Whip it! and have a fun alternate look at the universe for a little while.
And finally, my favorite, The American Motorcycle Girls 1900 to 1950: A photographic history of early women motorcyclists by Cristine Sommer Simmons.This coffee table book inspired me to seriously look a purchasing a motorcycle in the very near future! Over 200 pages of black and white photographs coupled with great stories about the women and their motorbikes. The striking images and ads are large and striking, and above all inspired a sense of adventure that I cannot let go of. by Melody