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The Library

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges

:bulletwhite: (My love for Borges is borderline otherworldly.)

:bulletblue: While life certainly offers us a great deal of pleasures for us to choose from, I am yet to find one that can compare to reading a good book. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that this piece is one of my personal favorites, if nothing else than for the message it conveys. (And as I could not actually read whilst working on it, and as the execution took considerably longer than I had anticipated, I satisfied myself with listening to an audio book while working on it. The memories it is now inextricably linked with are all the more precious accordingly.)
:bulletpurple: Dedicated to all the avid readers of the world, who I feel - in sharing in one of my greatest passions - have also an understanding of a very vital part of myself.
:bulletpink: A special dedication must be added for three of my best friends, whose birthday presents I was belatedly shopping for, and the nature of which they should have no trouble guessing, given the theme of the piece through which the hint is passed on.
:bulletgreen: I dream of the libraries of Pemberley still.

:bulletwhite: (On the more technical side, I am finally working with a tablet, and it makes my work so, so much easlier and more effortless than the alternative.)

:bulletwhite: Whether this piece is more conceptual or more surreal, I really cannot tell.

"I cannot think it unlikely that there is such a total book on some shelf in the universe. I pray to the unknown gods that some man - even a single man, tens of centuries ago - has perused and read this book. If the honor and wisdom and joy of such a reading are not to be my own, then let them be for others. Let heaven exist, though my own place may be in hell. Let me be tortured and battered and annihilated, but let there be one instant, one creature, wherein thy enormous Library may find its justification." — Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel" (1941)

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Rest painted.

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Image details
Image size
4000x4000px 4.73 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
Shutter Speed
1/25 second
Aperture
F/2.7
Focal Length
4 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Jan 29, 2012, 5:23:03 PM
Sensor Size
6mm
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Comments135
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HopeDiamond3's avatar
So mystical and wondrous 
Lora-Vysotskaya's avatar
Your work is featured here fav.me/daz5a46
Elluna's avatar
I'm absolutely honored! :heart: Thank you very much. :kiss:
Jewel02's avatar
Lovely! I'd say more but I am little sleepy at the moment. Haven't been up long from a nap....and congrats on the DD.
stargazer12322's avatar
I apsolutly love this!  it is so magical and whimsical.  beautiful concept and amazing execution!
MiloshJevremovic's avatar
Prelepo. Cestitam za prvi DD ;)
xXForestMist's avatar

Lovely concept. Beautiful result. <?xml:namespace prefix = da />Aww 

 

PaintCom's avatar
This is one of the best I've seen. I absloutely love it. I don't know why, but as a boom lover I can relate to it :)
BojanPapic's avatar
Cestitam na DD, ovaj rad je predstavljen u blogu: artistsofserbia.deviantart.com… grupe:
:iconartistsofserbia:
Svaka cast! ;)
Altair-E's avatar
Wow! Beautiful work, I like the light effect, really well done! Congrats for the DD! :clap:
Elluna's avatar
Thank you very much. :heart:
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Unilesca's avatar
The lighting is so beautiful <3
Elluna's avatar
Thank you so much, dear. I love experimenting with light sources and lighting in general. :heart:
blanket86's avatar
This is so amazing! Very interesting style! Great composition! Congratulations! You are very talented artist! :-)
Elluna's avatar
Thank you so much, you're really so very kind. :heart: And I'm honored.
Raekia's avatar
Beautiful work! Reading is one of my all-time favorite past-times. Congrats on a well deserved DD.
Elluna's avatar
And same here. I couldn't be happier that it was this piece in particular that was chosen, considering it depicts one of my great loves and absolute favorite passtimes - reading. I'm glad you agree. :huggle: And thank you very much for your kind words. :love:
Raekia's avatar
You are so welcome! :D
Time-Signature's avatar

Books have always been a sanctuary for me - I suppose you could call me an escapist.

This is truly deep and beautiful.

Wonderful job and congratsulations on the DD!

Elluna's avatar
Thank you so much for your kind words. You're amazing. :aww:
I happily deem myself an escapist as well, so I guess we're together in that. :rose:
Time-Signature's avatar

Aww, you're welcome.

Yup!

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