Landscape ~ Charlie Waite

The story of 50 favourite photographs.

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Charlie Waite has put together a beautiful collection of his favourite photographs in this portfolio style hardcover.

I bought this collection a while ago (Feb 2006 actually) but I retrieved it from the top shelf of my “photographic” bookshelf the other day to gain some inspiration.

All these images are taken on film of different types, with an assortment of neutral density filters and polarizers. The effect is stunning.

With each photograph Charlie shares his insights and the story behind the making of the image. One key thing can be taken away from each image and that is persistence. It pays off in the end and Charlie demonstrates this time and time again.

This collection is well worth a place on your shelf.

My personal favourite is “Sossusvlei” on page 16-17.
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Where Jesus Walked ~ Ken Duncan

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In this hardcover, Ken Duncan has walked along the path that outlines Jesus life from his birth to after his crucifixion. On the cover is the Garden of Gethsemane and all throughout are superbly crafted images of the current day places that Jesus would have visited over 2000 years ago. This is not just a book filled with excellent imagery, each page gives details of the life and times of Jesus that corresponds with each image. It is a wonderful account of history and shows that while time may bring change, some things remain the same.




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Australian Images ~ Rex Dupain

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Cover image: Surf Race, Bondi, page 80

The following information was taken from the front and back covers...

"Rex Dupain is an internationally recognised photographer and acclaimed painter who taught at the National Art School in Sydney for ten years. He won significant awards for his photography at an early age, but then chose to focus on painting for the next two decades. Following his inevitable return to the photographic medium his images have been sought after by discerning collectors and form part of major public collections. He lives and works in Sydney. "Australian Images" is his second published collection of photographs following Bondi to Broken Hill.

This stunning collection of black and white images is the culmination of five years of photographic work. During this time Rex Dupain travelled from Arnhem Land to Hobart, Broome to Sydney, and almost everywhere in between, capturing the human and environmental diversity of the nation from arrestingly fresh vantage points.

His spontaneous yes disciplined eye and inherent gift for seeing and perceiving give a classic quality to these wholly contemporary images. The nation's icons are seen here as never before. Beauty and intrigue are found in obscure or often overlooked features and details which find their rightful place in this collection.

Fascinated by the human form in the context of its surroundings, Rex Dupain's pictures are acutely incisive observations of the modern human landscape and his subject's inner self. With a razor-sharp eye and simple, powerful composition, his every image has a characteristic sensuality, integrity and poised stillness. What emerges from this evocative collection and its divers cross-section of Australian life is a feel for the tenor of the nation."

I couldn't put it better myself. Images I particularly like include:
Sydney Harbour Fog, page 12
Sydney Harbour Fog, Lamp, page 20
Up in Melbourne, page 21
Big Breaker, page 69
Surf Boat, Bondi, page 79
Bondi Throne, page 96
The sublime and the ridiculous, South Coast, page 104
Swan, page 116
Landscape with Cow, page 118
Sunrise with Cows, page 128
Cyclist, Broome, page 147

This collection is a fantastic edition to your inspiration library. For more examples of Rex Dupain's work go here www.rexirwin.com
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The Deserts of Africa ~ Michael Martin

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I was pondering what to write about this hardcover journey through Africa's deserts when I read the blurb inside the front cover. Realizing I could do a lot worse I have copied it below.

"Africa is a land of overwhelming variety and wealth, both culturally and geographically. Once considered the "dark continent" in the imagination of the West, it is now recognized as being the cradle of mankind, confirmed by Mary Leakey's discovery of the earliest known hominid footprints in 1978. Yet its formidable deserts, which have a fundamental role in our understanding of this vast and complex continent, remain largely unknown. Through his images of these great, apparently barren stretches, geographer and photographer Michael Martin reveals the cultural and spiritual heritage of Africa. Travelling through the Sahara, the volcanic deserts of the Rift Valley, the Kalahari, and the Namib, he explores the varied peoples who eke out an existence in these inhospitable regions: the Tuareg of the Sahara and Sahel, nomadic goat herders who refer to themselves as the "free people"; the Tubu, both herders and traders, who occupy the Tibesti mountain range; and the nomadicBororo between Senegal and Chad, who rely prmarily on cattle herding.
During this extraordinary journey, Martin discovers the characteristic features of desert life, including the Tarhalamt, the last functioning salt caravan on fthe Sahara which begins after the rainy season when the camels are led on interminable journeys through the sand. The Madugu, leader of the caravan, finds his way without visible landmarks, relying on his orientation solely on the position of the sun, the structure of the sand or the fast-fading traces of former caravans. One learns also to recognize the individual character of the "ergs," huge crescent-shaped dunes that rise in the Sahara, and to value the camel, without whom man, himself wholly unadapted to desert life, would hardly survive in an area where water is a priceless rarity.
Michael Martin's brilliantly vibrant photographs reveal the beauty, majesty and spirituality of these places and their peoples."
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Australia a visual celebration - Otto Rogge

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This is an intense collection of panoramic images from award winning Otto Rogge.
The book covers Australia starting with the coastal areas around the country. It then looks at rural Australia followed by 'Wild' Australia. The final section looks at the famous Australian 'Outback'.
Wide format double page images abound and Australia is shown in it's very Sunday best.
Otto describes where his images were taken and gives his thoughts on the locations when he created them.
The copy I have has a sunset image of Uluru on the cover and is in hard cover.
Page 54 has a fantastic night scene of the Sydney Harbor Bridge with a dramatic sky. Page 68 has a double page spread showing the vibrant colour of Floriade - the largest floral exhibition in Australia. Floriade is on my list of places/events to photograph.
This book is currently available on Amazon.com and is well worth including in your own library.
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Cape Town ~ A Visual Souvenir - Alain Proust

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Cape Town, Mother city of South Africa. Dominated by Table Mountain. Lazily sprawled around Table Bay. A cultural mixing bowl of ethnic groups with the highest white South African concentration in the country.

I visited Cape Town in 2001, explored Table Mountain, strolled Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, dined at the waterfront, saw the whales at Hermanis, sampled the wines at Paarl and Stellenbosch (still recovering from that one), and had the largest cappuccino in Franschoek.

This coffee table souvenir is exactly that, filled with beautiful images of Cape Town and it's surrounds. A beautiful sunrise image of Table Mountain from the far side of False Bay graces the front cover. Between the covers, the images capture the essence of this fascinating city.

Truth be told, I actually bought this book in a Gympie book-store two weeks after returning from my visit to South Africa. I bought it because it immediately brought back all the memories I had of the places I visited.

This stands as one of my favorite pictorial books. I enjoyed South Africa so much I went back in 2002 and hope to visit again in the future.

If you see this book on the shelf pick it up and have a browse. All the images are well constructed and exposed and really show of what Cape Town has to offer the visitor.
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Reflections ~ Inspiring Australian Images by Ken Duncan

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Image borrowed from www.kenduncan.com

I would probably consider Ken Duncan as Australia's greatest Photographic export. This book is a wide format coffee table book that hinges at the top, which is perfect for viewing the broad panoramas contained within. At the top of every double page is a quote from famous people in history, the Bible, and also some from Ken himself.

In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity ~ Albert Einstein

Every image is beautiful, many are breathtaking. The work in this book is so good, it's almost enough to make you put away your cameras and give up. If it weren't for the quotes like the one above to keep me motivated, I probably would.

...not bloomin' likely!

The image that accompanies the above quote on page 2, well... Yeah Baby! That's what I'm talking about.

Check out some of Ken's amazing work at www.kenduncan.com
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Peter Jarver ~ A Life's Work 1953 - 2003, Masters of Light Series

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Image borrowed from www.peterjarver.com

When I need a little inspiration to get out of the house and start shooting again, this is one of the books I dive into.

This is a magnificent collection of images from nature by one of Australia's most accomplished landscape photographers. Peter Jarver became famous for his dramatic lightning shots of Australia as can be seen on pages 8, 24 and 25 of this book. There are a number of stunning lightning shots scattered throughout the pages along with spectacular scenes of the Australian landscape.

Sadly, Peter Jarver passed away in 2003. Take a look at his great work online at www.peterjarver.com

Scattered through the book are images you could swear were in your own back yard, well mine at least. Page 40 shows an image called Crocodile Country and was taken in Kakadu, NT. I'm sure I have just such an image in my back dam... I'm off to have a look.
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