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The Lake Superior Images Paperback – May, 1998

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Author: Craig Blacklock. Binding: HardCover. Additional Book Description: By Minnesota's premier photographer, Craig Blacklock, Lake Superior Images has become a classic. Original hardcover, Lake Superior images made the Minneapolis Star Tribune bestseller list, and at $65 retail sold out its first printing of 10,000 copies in less than 5 months. Lake Superior Images offers readers a fascinating glimpse of some of the most remote sections of Lake Superior's shoreline.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Blacklock Nature Photography; 2 edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963499181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963499189
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roger Edwards on September 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In a roughly 8 year period, the author made several kayak trips along various parts of the Superior shoreline, hauling photographic equipment along and immersing himself in those wild, unspoiled scenes so spectacularly portrayed in the 154 plates that appear in this book. The results are well worth every penny of the 40-odd bucks this book costs, and then some. As a fellow photographer of nature, I can attest to the way one can use ground glass and film to convey his deep appreciation -- yes, even a spiritual bond -- with the outdoors as God made it. Blacklock's collection of 4x5 format images (with one 35 mm slide thrown in) of the Big Lake is not only visually vivid, but spiritually moving in a way few other published photo collections can perform.

Nowhere have I seen water, rock, ice, forest, fog and sun so splendidly blended and starkly contrasted at the same time, across an entire plate set. [Plate 33 is the most stunning portrayal of ice and sky together which I have ever seen -- National Geographic's Arctic photos included -- and easily in my top 5 favorite photographs of all time.] Most admirably, nowhere in any of the photos appears a man-made object that I could see. The author takes his efforts a step further by fully revealing his techniques -- right down to the camera, film and tripod brands, and his CMYK post-processing in Photoshop (not to alter, but instead to clean up, the imagery).

Having been all around Lake Superior, its rugged vastness revealed to my eyes but only feebly captured on film by comparison, I am in awe of the job Blacklock has done. The sky, rocks and waves there have such a rich story to tell; and this book masterfully allows that story to begin. It makes me determined to return someday, camera again in hand and Blacklock's methods in mind, to get far removed from the tracks of people, and to experience Superior at its raw, unrestrained best.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For anyone that has an affiliation with Northern Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin or Ontario, this book will invoke memories of beauty and splendor. Craig Blacklock has captured the essence of Lake Superior in its natural state. My wife and I have enjoyed reading the text and viewing the photos in this artistic compilation. It reminds us of our Northern Michigan roots.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I grew up in the Thunder Bay, Ontario at the Northern tip of Lake Superior. The photos in this book really capture the ever changing beauty of Lake Superior and it's shore. Not very often can a book transcend image and evoke the wonder of nature, this one does.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TundraBee on June 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
How many superlatives can I heap on this "coffee table" size compilation of Craig Blacklock's stunning photographs? Let me count the plates: there are 154 - taken at various times of the year, while journeying by kayak around Lake Superior. Each "chapter" is a segment in the journey and each plate is attributed to a point on the map. My favorites: plate 77, "Small island east of Rossport, December, 1985; and plate 94, "Devil's Chair (center island) Lake Superior Provincial Park,(Canada,) July 1991.
There's a message in these beautiful photos and essays. We must preserve natural balance. As Linda Benedict-Jones says in the Introduction: "...One of the specific wishes of Blacklock... is that the remaining undeveloped lake shoreline be kept for open access. When he silently glides for months on end around the periphery of the lake, he does it with the hope that his pictures will convince others to appreciate the lake as he does. Lake Superior is simply too profound as a spiritual resource to be guarded by a privileged few. Should these last open stretches be developed, they will forever be out of reach by the general public. We have learned precious little from the examples set for us by the Navajo (Dineh), the Dakota and the Anishinabe. We all know that Native Americans lived in harmony with the earth and believed that land could be neither bought nor sold since it belonged to all. Perhaps it is not too late to apply their wisdom to relatively small, yet hugely important, areas of land bordering the Great Lakes. Perhaps these Blacklock photographs will help preserve public access to Lake Superior's shores, as certain photographic efforts of his 19th Century predecessors helped to convince (the U.S.) Congress to establish national parklands of the Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and others." Pass it on!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
From a photographer's view, this book contains many beautiful images found in Northern Michigan and Canada. The colors are impressive, the composition is both thoughtful and precise. I wish I had just a small portion of the authors talent and technique.
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