“Reading by candlelight is an experience of strange reverence and an equally strange uncertainty. It is how I would like to read in every kind of light.”
~Stuart Kelly, Scottish writer, critic, reviewer
Here in Canada, people are packing up their gear and heading to the woods for the long-weekend.
No respectable camper (or in my case – cottager) heads out without a good book. Mine: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome, published 1889.
No longer do campers read by candlelight, but these beautiful photos by Rosemary Gilliat are a lovely reminder of a simpler time. Have we lost something with the advent of sophisticated camping gear and gadgets available today?
After immigrating from Britain in 1952, Rosemary Gilliat (1919-2004) documented life in Canada (and particularly the North) in the 1950’s and 1960’s. As a freelance photographer, she was widely published in magazines like The Beaver and Macleans, as well as working for the Department of Northern Affairs and the National Film Board. She favored Rolleiflex, Exakta and Pentax cameras. Self-taught, she did her own processing and enlarging of b&w photographs.
These photographs are snippets of Gilliat’s two-month cross-Canada trip with a group of friends in the summer of 1954. Not many amenities along the way in those days — but I love how comfortable they seem, no matter where they rest their head.
Sadly, it looks like rain in my part of the world this weekend. So even more important to bring along some reading material. And rain boots.
What are you reading this summer?