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Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America's National Parks Hardcover – October 1, 2016
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"Luong shares with us something vastly more than his vision, which is beautiful and uncontrived, and his knowledge, which is considerable; he shares with us hope." - David DuChemin, Craft & Vision
". . . Luckily, this year the centennial of the National Parks Service has been the occasion of exhibits, documentaries, presidential proclamations, and many books. The most glorious of these is Treasured Lands. No one has captured the vast beauty of America's landscape as comprehensively. . ." – The New York Times
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Exploring the national parks has brought me much joy, and the act of photography was an extension of that love, a desire to share with you in a tangible way the elation that comes with being in such special places, so that you can experience the same joy. I measure its success by how much these photographs inspire you to visit the places for yourself, for the happiness they will bring through a deep connection with nature, and because the experience is likely to transform you into an advocate for conservation. My hope is that this book will not only inspire you to go out and discover new places but also provide you with enough information for you to stand at the places where the photographs originated.
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The Short Version: STUNNING – BUY IT! Buy a copy for yourself and buy copies as gifts!
The Long Version: This is a stunning book. “Treasured Lands” is not just a stunning book of photographs of scenery within our National Parks; it is a book that I find stunning from every aspect from which I have looked at it.
The photography is excellent, and the author has spent a large part of his adult life taking superb photos in every single National Park of the United States. Here you will find images of sweeping scenery and of intimate locations that you might walk past if you were not paying attention. Here you will find images from locations in parks like Yellowstone that are on the bucket lists of many, many people, and images from locations like the National Park of American Samoa that distance means most of us will never visit. Here you will find images from iconic locations within familiar parks, and images from almost unknown jewel-like scenes within the same parks.
But “Treasured Lands” is much more than that. The author has provided maps to help you find the locations within the parks from which the photos were taken, and descriptions of how to get to those locations. Many photos talk about the time of day that was needed to capture the image. None of this is unique, and I have books of excellent photos from places like Yosemite that do the same thing in even greater depth – for THAT specific park. But none of those books have done the same thing for *every single National Park in the United States*! This book is 457 pages long, which allows the author to cover the parks in greater depth than any of the other multi-park books that I have seen.
But all of this still does not begin to do justice to “Treasured Lands”. The text that accompanies the photos also provides the reader with a rich experience in other regards. If you want to know more about a given park, information is there - in clear and useful text. With text that ranges from the eco-system of Olympia to the geology of Bryce, you will end up with no excuse for saying, “I’m not sure if I will find anything interesting other than pretty scenery if I go to that particular park”.
Another area that I found stunning was the sheer value of the book. I have other books of landscape and other photography that are a fraction the size of “Treasured Lands”, for which I paid comparable prices – or more – and felt were good value. The content is superb, and the production values of the book are excellent. FWIW, I am putting my money where my mouth is – I have already ordered three additional copies from the author – all autographed.
My comments above probably make me sound like one of the “fanboys” about which snide remarks are frequently made on the web these days. I am 76 years old (and a fan of the National Parks), so I don’t think that any form of the word “boy” other than “old” is applicable to me. However, I will add that when I look at the glowing endorsement on the book cover that Ken Burns has given QT Luong and “Treasured Lands”, I feel comfortable in believing that my opinion still has validity.
As a photographer and national park lover myself, I often search on the web to look for places to visit, and locations of photo spots. Sometimes I find information on the web overwhelming. Mr. Luong's book, however, gives me what I really need. First of all, the amazing and realistic (not overly post processed) pictures give me ideas of what the landscapes look like in each park, I can quickly locate the ones I'm interested in. Then, the complete and detailed description of each park, each photo spot (some are not usually seen on tour guide), along with maps, and seasonal information, will be very helpful for me to plan my trip.
I can't imagine how many trips Mr. Luong took all these years he worked on this project, and how much effort he put into this. Because as a photographer, I know that it can take a very difficult journey, to get just one breathtaking picture. And Mr. Luong has so many such pictures in this book.
This book is a must have, I can refer to it whenever I want to visit a national park, or flip the pages everyday just to daydreaming being in the wonderful places... And I think it is a real bargain, the price is too low for such a great book.
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The author relays his experiences and hardships in photographing the National Parks. Beautiful work of art.