As a species we are healthier merely through the awareness that there are places we could go that we have never gone before, that places exist where no other human has trod.
From the Forward of An Honest Silence: A Celebration of Wilderness
Photography books make the world go around. Well, not really. In my experience, most stink but select amongst the forest of bad books out there are true gems that can help you be a better photographer. This section is about those books – if it’s reviewed here, it’s good.
eBooks have become plentiful, to say the least, and it’s no wonder.
Easy to produce and distribute, great for building brand and community, eBooks done well can drive serious revenue. They’re an important marketing vehicle that has a firm place in the customer journey.
Of course, plenty of eBooks fall into the ‘get what you pay for’ category. You know the ones I mean.
They’re poorly written and edited, and recycle information. Even at the low end of the eBook cost spectrum (those that cost $4 or less) it’s disappointing when your purchase doesn’t meet expectations.
I am a citizen of the Pacific Northwest (thank you, Greg Russell, for the notion) where, between the months of November and May, our skies are reliably overcast. Fall through Spring, when most people in the PNW see overcast and drizzle, photographers see softbox. And rightly so – these seven or eight months out the year provide for fantastic monochromatic exploration across a spectrum of landscapes.
Early in my journey as a photographer, this seasonal inevitability guided me to black and white photography, a consequence of both curiosity and the irresistible light we experience. Soon thereafter, I struck out on a parallel path of discovery about digital conversion to monochrome.
In my studio today remains the pile of books and materials [read the rest…]
Mountain is a prayer in stone and snow, a reach for the divine.
~ Sandy Hill
Mountain is an astonishing book. Assembled by Sandy Hill, a lifelong mountaineer (and author, socialite and former fashion editor) who survived the 1996 Everest disaster, it is a far-reaching, 350-page compilation of 250 mountain photographs from more than 160 photographers…and for anyone willing to follow the mystical exploration these pages provide, much, much more.
If you’re anything like me, if you’re wired with a passion for wilderness landscapes, and for mountain landscapes especially, this book will soar in your hands. It is of extremely high production quality – large format, well bound, hefty – and its design pays the highest respect possible to the mountain photography within. [read the rest…]