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Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick 1st Edition
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About the Author
Recently named by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers, Peter Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades, photographing around the world. He is a working photojournalist, but his photographs move beyond mere documentation; they reveal the spiritual and emotional aspects of nature and the impact of development on the landscape.
Essick has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine for 25 years, where he has produced 40 feature articles on an array of topics. Some of his favorite and most rewarding stories have been on Inner Japan, the National Wilderness Preservation System, the carbon cycle, global warming, and global freshwater. Recent stories include a June, 2010 cover piece on Greenland and a story on the Ansel Adams Wilderness in the October 2011 issue.
Essick has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He is represented by the Lumiere gallery in Atlanta and by Aurora Photos. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his wife, Jackie and son, Jalen.
Top Customer Reviews
Essick has the dream job of many a photographer. He works the environmental beat for National Geographic. He apparently travels the world searching for images that tell us that humans are fouling their own nest. Were the images not so well made, this book might almost be overwhelmingly depressing, especially since the photographer offers few solutions to the many problems. Perhaps the photographer doesn't want to acknowledge that we can only prevent environmental disaster by giving up some of the extravagances, and even what we might consider necessities, of modern life.
Although the book is replete with great images, my favorite is a view of Butte, Montana. The image is divided into thirds from right to left, foreground to background. In the right foreground is a shingled house with a window through which a young boy is looking. In the center, middle ground is a deteriorated wood-board structure. On the left and background is a part of Butte, filled with tipples and mine heads and either an open pit-mine or piles of tailings. One can only wonder what future the boy will face in this damaged landscape.
What a contrast this makes to a book released by the same publisher a month earlier, Jack Dykinga's "Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition".Read more ›
You will have a favorite photo essay among these. Mine is an aerial shot of a log yard of old-growth trees in Manitoba, Canada. You see what must be one zillion cut trees below you, all stacked, ready for pulping. It is immense and sad. Terrible beauty.
His basic subject, as stated in the title, is our BEAUTIFUL WORLD. But he has also seen it from the World's view, the environment destruction that man and time has wrought, so it's the FRAGILE WORLD.
But more important than the above, this book is about one man's exhilarating biography. Every photograph and story that accompanies it, is filled with Peter Essick's life, adventures, emotions, trial and tribulations from the time he was small to the present. As a photographer myself I envy the way he sees images and in most cases actually plans his images.
Not all of the images in the book are "beautiful" but they are important images. Mr. Essick delivers thought provoking imagery every time he clicks the shutter.
Even if you are not a strick enviormentalist you will enjoy this book from a photography point of view, and a biographical point of view.
He narrates his personal experience beside each picture, describing what is causing the world to be so fragile.
An eye opener that makes us think, but also a wonderful collection of beautiful photos.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peter Essick's work is beautiful and disturbing at the same time. A definite read.Published 22 months ago by Rick
I bought it as a birthday present , beautiful photos, BUT right in the middle of the book there is a heart rending photo of a baby without eyes, could not give this as a... Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Gabba
Beautiful pictures and very insightful text. Glad I made this purchase. I read the Kindle version on my iPad. The pictures are amazing.Published on March 2, 2014 by Rebecca S Esterle
Peter essick takes beautiful photographs with well thought out captions. His words flow and are just as beautiful as his images. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Julia
When it comes to spreading information in the 21st century, the common knowledge is that the visual trumps all. In Our Beautiful Fragile World, Peter Essick proves this idea. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Michael J. Dittman
Once you review this book, it will be difficult to view our world in the same light. Peter's photos capture our endangered planet by making us view the horrid things we don't want... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Anthony Cochran