This Bookworm Creates Stunning Images Using His Massive Library of Books
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss famously said. For avid reader James Trevino, his love for books has not only transported him to worlds between the pages, he has also taken his thousands of Instagram fans for a ride too.
Trevino is a book collector and wanted to share his growing library with the world. He says he started by just posting his latest reads, but that quickly grew to him arranging his books - and himself - into artistic sculptures that show off not only his books but the worlds and characters inside them.
Trevino's posts are inspired by his latest reads
He told BoredPanda that he starts the process by brainstorming with a good friend about the concept for the next image before starting to arrange the books. Sometimes their vision is so complicated they need to take several photos which they then edit into the final Instagram post.
Trevino’s epic creations have helped him earn more than 120K Instagram followers. “The fact that the reactions have been so positive is a bit overwhelming, but also heartwarming,” the 24-year old said.
Trevino says his love of literature is diverse but cites 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' by J.K. Rowling and 'The Silmarillion' by JRR Tolkien as two of his favorite books.
The self-proclaimed bookstagrammer is one of a growing bunch of Instagram users who focus on taking photos of books in innovative ways.
Bookstagramming is a growing trend on social media
Bookstagrammers range from users who set up elaborate photo shoots of scenes from books or of ‘mood boards’ to represent famous literary characters. Others simply encourage reading by posing books in an engaging way with homely and cozy props like cats, candles, and beds.
Others are less about books but of the places where they read. Think cozy armchairs covered in blankets, minimalist cafes with cold brew coffee or public transport shots of finding a little piece of peace among the crowd.
Instagram is also a way for the industry to connect
While Trevino says his account is just a hobby, other bookstore accounts play an important role in the promotion and industry networking.
Carly Watters is a senior literary agent and VP and Director of Literary Branding at P.S. Literary Agency.
She says that her Instagram account is crucial for making networks within the industry and as a way of communicating with both clients and customers. “I use it to promote upcoming client books, announce book deals, share what I’m reading so that potential clients can see if their interests align with mine, and share a piece of my life," she says. "It keeps clients, editors and other industry members up to date about what I’m working on, but also has that bit of personality that is key to establishing an account that connects with people authentically.”
Search for the hashtag #bookstagram for more inspiring literary accounts.
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