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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190253851X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902538518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Gallagher is a professional photographer known for his outstanding monochrome landscape work, and has written widely for the photographic press.David Ward is a well-known landscape photographer who writes regularly for Outdoor Photography magazine. His previous book was Landscape Within, and he is the coauthor ofWorking the Light. Joe Cornish's images have been featured in books such as Scotland's Coast and Working the Light as well as in photography magazines, including Amateur Photographer and Outdoor Photography.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
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There are plenty of photography books that instruct on technique. There are fewer showing how technique can be used to disclose vision. Fewer still are those showing how to develop vision. David Ward's first book,"Landscape Within: Insights and Inspirations for Photographers", is a part of this latter group.

Now Ward has returned with further ruminations upon this topic. Although Ward is primarily a landscape photographer, emphasizing the intimate landscape, all photographers can benefit from reading his books. Like the first book, this one consists of a portfolio of Ward's photographs, which, while related to the essays, illustrate his points generally, rather then being tied to any specific point. Ward says the essays illustrate what he considers to be the three essential elements of his work: simplicity, mystery and beauty. The fourth essay, called "Questions or Answers", suggests that there are two different types of photographs (or perhaps photographers - I'm not sure): Those that raise questions and those that provide answers. Ward also provides useful technical data on his pictures, and to appease some critics, but not me, information on where photographs were taken.

Ward's pictures are magnificent. His essays proved thought-provoking and, sometimes, troubling.

In the simplicity essay, he urges the importance of simplification to the photographer; most thoughtful photographers will agree with him. The second essay, which I found the most interesting, averred that he sought to provide an air of mystery in his work through the manipulation of scale, spatial ambiguity, lighting and incongruity.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Heyerdahl on November 20, 2009
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This book contains 3 essays by the author on what he considers the essential ingredients of his landscape photography: Simplicity, a sense of mystery and beauty. In addition there is a closing essay examining questions of the photographers intent.

This is not a technical book that will teach you exactly how to or what to do in practical terms, but an argument for the importance of each of these three elements in creating an image. The argument is not formal but rather explores the authors own thoughts on the subject. As such I find it hard to become upset about his expressed dissatisfaction with postmodernism and Gursky as an example. I found it quite fitting for his argument - although I hardly agree with it all, and actually admire some of Gersky's work. The discussion is lucid and easy to follow, and makes a fairly good case for the importance of these three elements. One can hardly read the essays without obtaining food for thought on one's approach to photography.

The text is complemented by the authors photographs. Some caption information on the images is presented on the last two pages. The images are much to my liking and nicely reproduced in the print, making this a really wonderful collection of beautiful images.

I believe almost any photographer will benefit form reading these essays. Perhaps the beginner will find the argument a bit lacking in practical information, but the images will inspire and one can only benefit from a second read at a later stage. The seasoned photographer will no doubt have some thoughts of her own on the subject, and may find the lack of rigor begging some questions. However, there are horses for courses and at times it is nice to put rigor aside and simply enjoy the privilege of listening to an other seasoned photographer share his thoughts on how to unlock the inner secrets of how to create captivating images.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darwin's Bulldog VINE VOICE on July 4, 2008
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David Ward's work has appeared in a number of books available on Amazon, but this one, and his previous "Landscape Within" are the only two soley of his work. Both are dedicated to understanding the internal and external motivations of nature/landscape photographers. Of course the images are exciting, but so is the discussion; not the common fare of f/stops and shutter speeds. Along with Freeman Patterson, David Ward seems to be the only other photographer that believes these ideas are as important, perhaps more important, than the technology.
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