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Last week I was sitting across a Zoom screen from Euan Ross where we were chatting about book design and production for his Biblioscapes podcast/website. In particular, I was chatting about how I designed the Natural Landscape awards books. One of the things Euan asked of me in advance was to pick out five of my favourite books. As I was in the middle of another round of my oft-repeated fights against entropy in my photography office, I had the opportunity to spend some time going through my photography books to really find some favourites.
What a task that turned out to be!! The problem with favourites like this, just like being asked to pick your favourite song, is in what context? I have loads of favourites - firstly, I thought I’d pick a few favourite compilation books after all, it was in the context of the award books, so I chose “Landscape: The World's Top Photographers” and “Landscape Photography” (coincidentally both by Terry Hope) and “Developing Vision and Style” and “Working the Light” (both by Eddie Ephraums). But then I thought I really wanted to pick ‘project’ books and so Andrew Nadolski’s “End of the Land”, Orsolya Haaberg’s “Laponia” and Jane Fulton Alt’s “Burn” were top of the list. But then I wanted some Scottish choices so Alex Nail, Colin Prior and Joe Cornish were chosen. But what about historic photographers, “250” Edward Weston, “Fifteen Photographs” Brett Weston, “The Stanford Albums” Carleton Watkins.
You can see my problem, can’t you. In the end, I think I spent about six hours going back and forth and finally picked eight books. I won’t spoil Euan’s podcast, as I think it might be released next Sunday. You can sign up for his Newsletter here, and while you’re there, have a browser around and have a listen to some other interviews.
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The colour contrast between the reflected blue sky on the water and the yellow grass delineates the two parts of the scene cleanly. more
Our 4x4 feature is a set of four mini landscape photography portfolios submitted by: Konrad Hellfeuer, Lakruwan Rajapaksha, Robert Betka & Walter Schmitt. more
Alister Benn is Scottish by birth and has lived in the Highlands of Scotland for quite some time. Firstly on the Isle of Skye and latterly in mainland Lochaber. And yet his first book is a deep dive project into the remote Gobi desert in Northern China. more
His work from the Scottish Highlands is superb and drips with a personal flair that can only come from the deep connections made through care, effort, and passion. more
Photography has made my life much richer in many ways. I am appreciating more than ever the interest to be found in what may seem at first to be dull and empty places. more
We learn that frustration is caused by desire. It's easy to agree with this wise statement. Perhaps it’s so simple that desire drives us to create pictures which we believe will be successful. more