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Botanica iPhone Photos Hardcover – December 31, 2012
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In this collection Nelson, a veteran motion picture still photographer, uses his iPhone camera to capture the vibrant colors and textures of flowers and plant life. The close perspective of most of the shots causes the viewer to focus on the beauty of smaller details: dewy pink petals reach toward the light, bright purples and reds dominate a photo of leaves that have fallen to the ground in fall, and a white tropical flower's pistil looks oddly extraterrestrial. The tiniest details often become the focus of the work, e.g., the grains of a dried-out log resemble storm clouds. Many of the photographs are reminiscent of the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, gracefully composed and brimming with a dynamic, almost sexual charge. Each image is paired with short, sometimes religious quotes extolling the virtues of nature by such notable (and diverse) figures as Michelangelo, Mark Twain, the Buddha, Henry David Thoreau, and Oscar Wilde. No information is given about the subjects for the botany enthusiast, but there is plenty to feast on visually. --Publishers Weekly
Ralph Nelson s new book Botanica is the perfect answer to a question that I m often asked: What s the best camera? The answer is and always was, the one that you have with you. If you are not familiar with Ralph s work, chances are that you have seen his photographs and not even known it. That image of Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct, that photograph of Tom Cruise from Top Gun, and more recently the Rockwellesque images made on the set of The Blind Side. He is in short: The movie still photographer s still photographer. You can see more of his work for motion pictures and some personal images at his website. Here, in Botanica, you will see a different kind of Ralph Nelson, a poet with a camera but in this case the images were made using several different iPhones. But even more importantly than the tool used is the fact that all of the images were made just a few blocks from where Nelson lives, putting the lie to that other great photographic axiom that you have to go to exotic locations to make great pictures. The incredibly dramatic and beautifully executed images in Botanica prove that you can make stunning images right in your own back yard. Botanica is a collection of more than 78 photographs that are beautifully presented in lustrous color in a 162-page, 11 x 13-inch hardcover coffee table book with an introduction by Ray Bradbury. Reproduction of these images is flawless and it s printed on the highest quality paper to fully represent Nelson s vision. On pages opposite each of the photographs you will find quotes inspired by the images from sources as diverse as Robert Browning and Mother Theresa, which gives some insight into the kind of Renaissance Man that Ralph Nelson really is. But it s the photographs that Botanica is all about and it would be a shame if all you did was place it on your coffee table to impress people with your good taste. Nope, this book should be picked up from time to time and re-read cover-to-cover to re-energize your creativity by watching the results of a master at work with a simple camera and the goal of making photographs close to home. Botanica is more than a book of beautifully crafted images of flowers, much more more. It s a personal statement by a photographer who s at the top of his game and will cause you to reexamine what you think of when someone says flower pictures. Botanica is Ralph Nelson s personal statement about life and one s creativity and how they blend together producing a lasting legacy. --Joe Farace
Botanica could be the most beautiful book you will ever read. Full-page pictures of flowers, trees and, yes, weeds, are matched by full pages with a quote from someone you will recognize. A breathtaking shot of gold and red leaves is next to this quote from Toni Morrison: "Birth, life and death--each took place on the hidden side of a leaf." John Ruskin is quoted next to beautiful lavender blooms. "Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity." More than 100 extraordinary pictures taken with an iPhone. You may have an iPhone and think you could do this, too. But don't fool yourself. Nelson is an extremely experienced photographer who has been honored by many others. If you go to his website you will see pictures of movie stars that he took for several decades as still photographer on movie sets. You will recognize them. But you will own this book, and you will treasure most the pictures he brings into your home. --Amazon customer review
About the Author
Ralph Nelson may be best known for his work as a motion picture still photographer.He was the recipient of the 2009 Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2005 Publicist's Guild Award for Excellence in Unit Still Photography.
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John Ruskin is quoted next to beautiful lavender blooms. "Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity."
More than 100 extraordinary pictures taken with an iPhone. You may have an iPhone and think you could do this, too. But don't fool yourself. Nelson is an extremely experienced photographer who has been honored by many others. If you go to his website you will see pictures of movie stars that he took for several decades as still photographer on movie sets. You will recognize them. But you will own this book, and you will treasure most the pictures he brings into your home.