- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (October 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426203381
- ISBN-13: 978-1426203381
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.3 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visions of Paradise Hardcover – October 21, 2008
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Each picture is a photographer's vision of paradise. It is interesting to see the shear number of differing opinions on this subject. Yet at same time it is hard not to be moved or transfixed by the images. We all spend a lot of time searching for some sort of paradise on earth. Most of us don't even know what were are looking for, perhaps no one ever will. Yet every page of this book catches a small feeling of that search. Very well done: 5 stars
Many of the photos are in black and white, other deliberately blurry, and still others lack perspective. Written material accompanying the photos is too skimpy. Overall, "Visions of Paradise" is disappointing.
This is your basic coffee table book. Of all the publications I've seen from N.G., this one truly exemplifies the old cliche, 'beauty (or maybe paradise, in this case) is in the eye of the beholder'...Let me explain.
The book features (not surprisingly) page after page of photographs, taken from various locales around the world. The difference, from other N.G. books, is that many of the photos displayed are not really beautiful or well taken (some are poorly composed or blurry). It's not until you read the caption accompanying the photos that you get some insight into what the photographer 'saw' in these photo that made it so special to him/her. Once you marry the caption to the picture you start to realize that these photos could only represent the personal feelings that the photographers had for the subject/area at that moment in time. The very fact that he considered these photos worthy of a 'vision of paradise' is a reflection of his very subjective, personal viewpoint.
To me, most of these photos/captions were different and interesting but not, by and large, particularly 'beautiful'; or at least not beautiful in the traditional sense of what you'd usually expect from N.G. And that is not to say there weren't some stunning photos here, because there were, many in fact. It's just that this work was so different than your 'usual' N.G. photo book that you have to dig a little deeper to appreciate the 'Visions of Paradise' that you'll find between these covers.
Having perused this book and having just written this review, I have come to the realization that this work was never intended to harbour N.G.'s traditional glamorous photographs.Read more ›
As another Amazon reviewer (who gave this book two stars) said, the majority of the photos are either blurry or grainy, or both, and I have NO idea what most of the pictures have to do with the concept of "paradise".
At first I thought our copy was a counterfeit (how could National Geographic have produced such a shoddy product?), but apparently it's for real. I highly recommend that you NOT buy this book, because you will be wasting your money, no matter what price you pay. Shame on National Geographic!!
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I saw this while at a Veterans home and ended up buying 2, one for me and for a family member. The pictures are amazing and really make you want to go and view the places for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark C
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It Nat Geo, so of course the pictures were beautiful. Good present for anyone for whom you can't find a gift.Published on December 26, 2012 by HospiceRN
A very good looking book.And very inspirational. Anyone would enjoy reading it. Another Nat-Geo classic as usual. Always good. .Published on December 21, 2012 by Maureen Abel
Based on the title, the positive reviews, and the fact that this is a National Geographic book, I was expecting something better. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by EcoDesigner
This is one of those books where you first open it, and your like wh, okay, its alright . You might find one or two pictures that speak to you. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by iOpine
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