It’s World Book Day, which means children and teachers all over the globe have been dressing up in their finest fancy dress outfits and impersonating their favourite literary characters. Of course, this means there have been some excellent photo opportunities for parents who want to capture images to transfer to canvas and we expect there will have been many a creative photo taken today.
As we covered canvas print ideas for book lovers back in December, we thought we’d celebrate World Book day in our own special way by running through some works of fiction that provide insight into photography and photographers. Here are a five of our personal favourites….
This novel explores the freeze frame nature of photography through the mind’s eye of the Victorian woman Lucy Strange. The literary style of the book itself mimics photography by providing narrative snapshots and interwoven in Lucy’s story is her obsession with the emerging technology of photography.
An adventure story that’s as much about challenging personal journeys as photography, The Cage tells the story of nature photographer Beryl, the only female on a polar bear research trip in Canada. The narrative style creates fabulously vivid images of the arctic environment.
Budding photographer 18-year-old Albie is not the central character in this novel, which explores the breakdown of family relationships but there are some good photographic anecdotes that fellow photographers will enjoy.
By no means his most well-known book, The Ground Beneath her is a tumultuous love story narrated by a photographer, it’s a challenge to read and like many of his works, dips in and out of pure fantasy. It’s always interesting to view a story through a photographer’s eye.
Photographing our loved ones is one of the greatest joys of photography and this urge is the driving force of the main character in this tale, Catherine. The sadness surrounding the death of one of her sons stirs an interest in photography in what is another story set at the time of the art form’s initial technological development.
Did we miss your favourite off our list? Share your photography fiction comments and recommendations below, we’ll be sure to stick them at the top of our to-read list!