“Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in our world. Like seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. they lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge.They want us to give them life.” – John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things
These words, taken from my favorite book, speak to my soul. Reading brings me a contentment, an immeasurable joy, that I can’t quite articulate. My husband often jokes that I can’t be trusted in a bookstore by myself, or I’ll end up walking out carrying my weight in books. Used Book Stores are a kind of haven for me. I love the idea of experiencing the same story as someone else. Turning the same pages that someone else has turned, years, perhaps decades, before me.
That love of the shared story experience is what gave birth to the Lit My Heart Project. The purpose of this photography project is to allow people the opportunity to share their favorite stories. The stories that lit their heart on fire. Children’s tales that turned them into bookworms, nonfiction texts that inspired their careers, or simply those books that have remained favorites for decades; with worn pages and dented spines. Each person I photograph and interview will have added a book to my personal reading list, and perhaps inspired others to add a new book to theirs.