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flying books: freedom to read by knows-flower flying books: freedom to read by knows-flower
main stacks, uc berkeley campus
i don't know who or why, but i thought that it was a neat idea.
i discovered it on my quest for summer reading books.
it reminded me that there are many people in the world who don't have access to as many books as we do in the US. whether through libraries or through bookstores, we have so many books at our fingertips to just pick up and read; yet there are people who don't have the freedom of expression, let alone the freedom or even the luxury to read. i feel like this can almost represent a statement that everyone should be free to read and share the intellectual wealth by lifting constraints for people who are limited by governments, resources, lack of wealth, or society.

it is mainly a photo taken with my recently purchased, first digital camera, but there was noticeable manipulation done with adobe photoshop (see my scraps section for a look at the original).

many thanks to skydream for the hours spent on helping me with making the borders and for teaching me the ropes of photomanipulation with adobe photoshop. (thank you chris! :D )
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nessie007 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
I'm looking for a special picture for a trial of my school , I wonder if I Could Provide you this for the cover of my essay please? really I love her and I think encaga perfect With the theme of the essay
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Cool one! :)
SteamPixy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so in love with this.
Polichet Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome.
Laurichi78 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Hi! I hope you don't mind that I've used your wonderful picture for my blog:

PhilosophyLeeds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Dear Knows-Flower,

I'm writing to you on behalf of Leeds University Philosophical Society.

Bi-annually we produce an academic philosophy journal; we mainly focus on publishing contemporary work in analytic metaphysics, language and logic.

Currently, we're working on compiling our Winter edition and are looking for a cover image. Personally, I think this image would be perfect for the cover of the upcoming journal. I must ask if it would be possible for us to use it?

Thank you,
dodicimagazine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Very nice pic. Contact us if you are interested to publish it like a book cover.
meganann23 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Oh, Flying books. I catch all books.

Good job.
yesar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Can I use as a FEATURED IMAGE for a blog post?
I will and link back to you ...if u don't like it plz email me. Thanks
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ChastityKeat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Oh look, it's raining books! :D
Juveny2 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
brilliant photoshopping!
nade-chan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
may I use this for a project? I'll credit you, don't worry. ; o ;
Equinox27 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010   Writer
Can i use this photo for my project on censorship? I will credit you into the work citations and the project will only be seen by my teacher and fellow classmates. Please reply as soon as possible. Thank you!
mynameisGiulia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
poor books! ;O it's a beautifull shot but, is hurting me, see the books falling!
quasigeek Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seriously been staring at this for five minutes comparing it to the "scrap" version (which also looks very cool) and I'm wowed by your crazy photo manipulated skills. This is amazing.
magicdrag Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
I totally love it^^ <3
I'm a bit of a geek, I love books!
imp-girl Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
mjvictoriano Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! You should try to add a link to the original photo! It helps a lot to appreciate your artwork.

Mandy5 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
DANyCER Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
are they hang in the roof or something!?
sorry 4 the bad english!
cherry1blue Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
that is amsome
MadisonMae Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Simply Magnificent. :D
GrrDotMeow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
OoOo cool!!!
Haru219 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
wow...can i quote u on your comment and the photo in my website? i'm trying to start up a book club in my high school, and your photo just screams coolness. it'll be credited and everything.

pretty please? :D
leggsXisXawsome Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
that is an amazing picture.
and a wonderful concept.
EbilAshley Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Student Photographer
lisuh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
This shot reminds me of something that would come from a person's imagination, and what gives people this kind of imagination? BOOKS! :D I love..
Toadychan Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply amazing! :wow: I love the idea, and this photo is great. Very nice angle. But at the same time, I feel bad for the books! ;P
direpoetics Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
I love that library so bad. I've had cause to be there constantly because of a paper.
Tornaito Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
:bookdiva: Love it!
Ragno-Veleno Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
this is an amazing shot, seriously.
if books really just fell from the sky, i would be sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!
Silamai Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
That looks so cool. :D
ellysdoghouse Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
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Madlinet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Wow, that looks really cool! How were able to take the picture and have it turn out sooooo nicely?
Space0Cowboy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
What a great photo.
dogbreathe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Yay! It's raining books! It looks cool. How did you do that?
ValentinesNightmare Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
oh my ... it looks great, how did you do that??
it is a very nice idea, to show that so many people can't read, and I'm sure they would love to, like these little kids in africa or in other poor countries ... damn, I could cry at the thought of that ...
great job!
RunaryKat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh mi god T o T! Did the books survive?

It's a very nice shot and many work/job (i'm not good on english xD) o0o
allystar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
great! :+fav:
AliceLovesTea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Wow... Sounds interesting...
knows-flower Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
:D Thanks for your comment!
freezingtime Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
this is an amazing shot. favs
knows-flower Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
thanks!! :D
twilightxmoon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
wow i love the idea..awesome
knows-flower Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
thank you! :)
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005   General Artist
noooooooooo nononono :'(

all the poor books :( im intrigued, are the books added to the photo or are they actually falling, and if so WHY? *cries over books*
knows-flower Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
don't worry!

i took a picture of an art installation in my library. (the stairs lead to different floors of my school's library.) you can see the original picture in my scraps section. the artist used heavy wire to suspend the books in the air and the wires were just erased in photoshop, hence the photomanipulation category. therefore they look as if they are falling but they are actually suspended. don't be sad, they are old books that are not a part of our library's collection. i can't remember where they came from though.

i thought it was a very cool idea. i should go back and see if i can find the name of the artist and the reason behind it.

thanks for the fav! :D
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005   General Artist
oh phew :D i looked at the thumb from your scraps but didnt full view and spot the wires =P
knows-flower Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
hehe. :D
so i take it that you like reading? any favs that are a must read?
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2005   General Artist
Oh yeh XD you probably shouldn't get me started on books I can go on forever :D

gotta read 'Interview with the Vampire' by 'Anne Rice' (dont be put of by the film!!) that book is my altime favourite read :)

'robin hobb' writes excellent fantasy but very long. If you want a short and sweet fantasy (I think its Young Adult but its great) then try 'Beyond the Deepwoods' from the 'Edge Chronicals' (I don't remember the author's name)

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' is an easy and great read, slightly upsetting :(

At the moment I'm reading Watership Down, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Faking it, The Vampire Lestat, The Dark Portal (again, I love that book!), Lolita, some crappy science book about 'complexity' and....and I really should finish one! I was reading more (The Unbearable lightness of Being, Chainfire by Terry Goodkind, Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and Interview with the Vampire (again againagain 5th time=P)) but I finished them :D
It' just that some of those are pretty in depth reading (Oscar Wilde, Milan Kundera, Vladimir Nabokov) and I need to read easy stuff in between to keep at it XD

see, I said you shouldn't get me started on books!!
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