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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Holiday Book Guide


OP’s annual selection of books for outdoor photo enthusiasts

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Landscapes of the Spirit—Digital Edition by William Neill (Sadhna Press, 2008). Originally published in 1997, the popular book, now out of print, is available for download. It’s delivered as two PDF files, with one containing single pages optimized for viewing the individual images, as well as reading text. The second PDF shows two-page spreads, allowing readers to view the book as it was originally designed.

Learning To Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival by Alison Wright (Hudson Street Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59463-046-0). In this spiritual memoir, photojournalist Alison Wright recalls the harrowing bus accident she survived in Southeast Asia, which left her near death on the side of a rural road in Laos. After the collision, Wright spent 14 hours without proper medical attention, and then endured months of surgeries and grueling physical therapy.

Living Africa by Steve Bloom (Thames & Hudson, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-500-51427-6). Born in South Africa, Steve Bloom uses his lens to express the essence and diversity of this overwhelming continent. From the world’s tallest sand dunes in the Namibian desert to the green wetlands of Botswana to the frenzied markets of Ethiopia, Bloom gives readers a comprehensive look at Africa today.

Our Arizona
by Kerrick James (Voyageur Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-7603-2837-8). The photographer traveled to every corner of the state, exploring such natural wonders as Monument Valley and the Petrified Forest, along with the state’s bustling cities. James also captures what remains of ancient Pueblo civilizations and the contemporary culture of the Navajo, Hopi and other tribes.

Our Changing Planet: The View from Space edited by Michael D. King, Claire L. Parkinson, Kim C. Partington and Robin G. Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-521-82870-3). This stunning volume shows satellite imagery of the changes taking place on our planet from land movements and volcanic eruptions to the growth of cities, deforestation and pollution. Accompanying the images are essays on the science behind them and the implications of what they show.

Over The Rivers: An Aerial View Of Geology
by Michael Collier (Mikaya Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-931414-21-1). Get into Michael Collier’s little Cessna 180 and discover what he sees in this remarkable photo collection. These aerial views provide brief, intimate and unique glimpses of rivers. Collier, a science writer and geologist, also provides insightful captions that describe the geological processes of how rivers work.

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Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfield (Chronicle Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-8118-6290-5). In 60 captivating images, photographer Debra Bloomfield chronicles the sea’s every mood, from dawn to dusk. She spent seven years on this project and stuck to photographing one stretch of beach. Bloomfield writes that the book is “about contemplation in an overstimulated, ‘overtechnified’ world.”

The Antarctic: From The Circle To The Pole
by Stuart D. Klipper, Guy G. Guthridge, Stephen J. Pyne and William L. Fox (Chronicle Books, 2008; ISBN:978-0-8118-6229-5). Explore the mysterious landscape of Antarctica through the eyes of a photographer who has traveled there six times in 20 years. From ships suspended in the frozen sea to glowing icebergs and views of endless snow, the book’s panoramic shape and unique vertical opening add to the grandness of each image.

The Forgotten Horses
by Tony Stromberg and Robert Redford (New World Library, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-57731-615-2). Instead of focusing on the more exotic, flashier horse breeds or famous thoroughbreds, equine photographer Tony Stromberg turns his lens on “working class” horses. The animals in this book were photographed at sanctuaries across North America that care for abused, neglected and abandoned horses.

The Vale of Kashmir by John Isaac and Art Davidson (W.W. Norton, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-39306-525-1). These incredibly poignant photographs celebrate the people and the landscape of a region that’s rich with beauty, color and culture. John Isaac focuses on the historical Kashmir, not the country torn apart by war. Isaac was a United Nations photographer for 30 years, and he has worked with both the Sierra Club and UNICEF.

Utah: The Light Fantastic
by Tom Till (Fable Valley Publishers, Inc., 2007; ISBN: 978-0971255548). With his large-format camera, the landscape photographer travels through Utah, capturing the state’s great beauty. He photographs some of the newer attractions, like Range Creek Canyon, Thanksgiving Point and Glen Canyon.

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