Crit­i­cal role books still play

The Arran Banner - - Letters / News -

The Septem­ber ex­hi­bi­tion at the Brod­ick Li­brary is a pho­to­graphic dis­play with the apt ti­tle of Scot­land in Books by Ce­leste Noche.

Ce­leste is a Filipino Amer­i­can pho­tographer from San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia, who is liv­ing in Port­land, Ore­gon. She grad­u­ated from Stan­ford Univer­sity with de­grees in English Lit­er­a­ture and An­cient Greek — nei­ther of which have re­ally come in handy for her as a pho­tographer now. She cur­rently free­lances and spe­cialises in doc­u­men­tary food, travel, and por­trai­ture.

Scot­land in Books was in­spired by her visit to Wig­town, Scot­land’s na­tional book town in Dum­fries and Gal­loway. In 2017 she com­pleted a three-month artist res­i­dency in the town, dur­ing which she trav­elled around the coun­try pho­tograph­ing sec­ond-hand book­shops, li­braries, and pri­vate col­lec­tions.

Ex­plore

In this age of ever-in­creas­ing digi­ti­sa­tion, she wanted to ex­plore the ways in which we con­tinue to make and keep space for books, and was de­lighted to visit Ar­ran dur­ing one of her first re­search trips.

Al­though her visit to the is­land was brief, her vis­its to lo­cal homes, pre­served col­lec­tions at Brod­ick Cas­tle, see­ing the mo­bile li­brary in ac­tion, and find­ing books for sale at the chan­dlery all re­in­forced the idea that phys­i­cal books con­tinue to play a crit­i­cal role in our daily lives.

Ce­leste Noche at In­ner­p­ef­fray Li­brary, Scot­land’s old­est free pub­lic li­brary.

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