Find It in Everything


Photographs by Drew Barrymore

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These photographs by Drew Barrymore reveal hearts found in everyday situations.

“I have always loved hearts,” writes acclaimed actress Drew Barrymore in the foreword to this heartwarming gift book. “The way that continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing — it conveys love.” In Finding it in Everything, Barrymore shares the photographs she has taken of heart-shaped objects and patterns she has come across over the past ten years. Some are obvious and others barely discernible. A discarded straw wrapper, a hole in a T-shirt, a scallion in a bowl of miso soup — seemingly everywhere she turns her lens a heart reveals itself.

A very personal collection of images, many of them accompanied by brief captions that reflect on beauty in the everyday, Finding it in Everything is a delightful book from the beloved actress and director, who now adds photographer to her list of credentials.


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I have always loved hearts. The way that one continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing—it conveys love. It is a symbol of goodness. It doesn't have anything ambiguous about it. It is loud. It is confident.

I love this shape so much that I started seeing it everywhere. I would see it in a fragment of light. I would see it in a paper straw wrapper on the ground. I would see it in the fur of my dog. I would be looking into a glass display case of fish, and the tuna steak would unexpectedly have something heart-shaped about it, and it would make me happy.

I started taking pictures of these things, because it was a way to capture moments of magic. It wasn't me doodling on my binder, "I heart so-and-so." It was nature saying, "I love you." It was a scientifically explainable moment that generated the international symbol of love. It was someone's trash morphing into a message of hope for someone else who might need it.

Then one day a few years back I was discussing E.T., the film I had made when I was six, and someone mentioned E.T.'s big red heart, which sometimes glowed from inside him, and I had an epiphany. His heart wasn't necessarily shaped like a heart, but I remember that his puppeteers would always light it up at moments when E.T. felt happiness. And I wondered if, when I was an impressionable young girl, that big red light had jump-started my love affair with hearts.

I cannot say for sure what it is that has me so obsessed with them. I think it also has something to do with the fact that they have no negativity. They are just something we use to show love. Hearts are my beacons. I love them man-made and natural, young and old. Whenever and wherever I see the heart shape, a smile spreads across my face. The heart has an unbeatable romance when you discover one where you least expect it.

And that is why I try to find it in everything.


My dog Flossy.

She was my friend for sixteen years.

This was a moment, midday, when I was lying by the window in cozy socks, content.

I saw the pink guitar and picked up my camera.

The heart is obvious in this one, but the real heart is mine in this moment.

It was calm.

It was safe.

It was happy.


  • "Barrymore's photographs are upbeat, sincere, and -- need we say it? -- heartfelt."—Detroit News and Free Press

On Sale
Jan 14, 2014
Page Count
96 pages

Drew Barrymore

About the Photographer

Drew Barrymore has been a favorite of film audiences since her role in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. In the following decades she earned praise from both critics and audiences for her performances in a wide range of comedies and dramas.

She has become a major force not only in front of the camera but also behind the scenes, as a successful producer and director under her own Flower Films banner, with such hits as Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Whip It. Outside of her film career, Barrymore currently serves as the Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

In addition, she launched the cosmetics line FLOWER Beauty and the wine label Barrymore Wines. Her photography has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York and has appeared in fashion campaigns.

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