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Rainforest Paperback – August 16, 2010
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Over the past 16 years Swiss photographer Thomas Marent has traveled all over the world photographing rainforests, from Peru and Ecuador to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Usually traveling alone, Marent has been known to spend extraordinary lengths of time to get the perfect shot--sometimes 12 days. You can see the results in his first book, Rainforest. The book is his testament--an intimate collection of more than 500 breathtaking animal and plant portraits, and the fascinating stories behind them.
Questions for Thomas Marent
Amazon.com: What inspired you to start taking pictures?
Marent: I used to be a birdwatcher in Switzerland--and soon I was also interested in amphibians, insects, and plants. After a while I thought it would be nice to have pictures of all these beautiful animals.
Amazon.com: Waiting for the perfect shot takes patience and time. How do you decide what images are worth waiting for?
Marent: I mostly focus on the colorful and spectacularly shaped creatures. Sometimes it is a matter of luck to find them, but sometimes I have to know where and when to look for them.
Amazon.com: What photo in Rainforest is your favorite?
Marent: I don't have one favorite--there are many favorites! I especially like the photos of frogs, butterflies, fungi, birds and weird insects.
Amazon.com: What would people find most surprising about the world's rainforests?
Marent: When people think of the rainforest, it's the monkeys, birds, and wild cats that first come to mind. But there are so many small and beautiful creatures. We need to see and appreciate them too--they're just a little harder to find! Many of these smaller creatures have never been seen by most people.
Amazon.com: Do you consider yourself a rainforest activist?
Marent: With the book I want to show to the people the endless beauty of the rainforests. I do hope that it might open the eyes of some people, so that they'll agree that it's worth protecting this fantastic environment.
Amazon.com: Some of the photos in the book, especially some of the insect photos, are really strange and otherworldly. What's your favorite exotic rainforest animal?
Marent: Some of my favorites always were frogs and butterflies, but birds and monkeys as well. And of course the weird-looking insects.
Amazon.com: What's your favorite rainforest?
Marent: In Asia it is Borneo. In Africa it is Madagascar. In Latin America it is Costa Rica and Peru/Colombia. But I also like the Australian and New Zealand rainforests.
Amazon.com: Do you have any advice for amateur nature photographers?
Marent: A tripod is an absolutely must. Try to move to the animals slowly and quietly--it takes some patience. Whenever possible try taking your pictures at the animal's eye level. And it's always important to think about the background when you compose the picture.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Marent has spent half his life photographing rain forests from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to Ecuador and Peru. Marent is self-taught, and his evocative work manifests an inborn talent for capturing detail and grace in every photograph, whether it be a study of the delicate wing of a butterfly or the bumpy-ridged hide of the Malayan horned frog. Each section is a delight for the eyes, the minimized companion text posted like road signs to help readers maintain their bearings while focusing on the luscious photographs. Each inhabitant of the rain forest becomes memorable for its clever camouflage, ingenious coexistence with the other species of this fragile world, or even its sheer size, in the case of the 42-inch-wide Rafflesia flower. Rain-forest advocates have no better friend than Marent. His 16-year photographic love affair with these essential ecosystems has resulted in an invaluable survey of the magnificent rain-forest's abundance and diversity of life. Pamela Crossland
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As far as being "written" (Ben Morgan), the story is nicely captured in series of paragraphs associated with the visuals, and the occasional page-long discussion in each chapter. Succinctly, it is a vibrantly living grand story delivered in short monologues with hundreds of gorgeous photographs. Read it or just look at it, either way, a triumphant book that far exceeds the expectant coffee table where some volumes just sit and collect dust.
My only complaint, if you want to call it that, was that my book did not come w/ a cd that the other reviews talk about. I don't know if it's because I bought the soft cover?? but none the less, I was dissapointed about that. I was looking forward to listening to it, while painting and then playing it for my son once he's in his room. I guess I can't complain too much, since it wasn't in the official description on the site.
The only thing I was disappointed w/ was that it has been obviously 'looked through' and 'handled' by someone before it was packed and shipped, and several of the 'shiny' pages were 'marked' w/ fingerprints which spoiled the experience some, since I would have been careful not to put in any type of hand/finger mark ~skin oils~ on the pages for preservation sakes.