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Looking for the Summer [Anglais] [Broché]

Jim Brandenburg

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1 septembre 2005
New in Paperback

World-renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg once again uses the hidden world of his beloved northern woods as the setting for a daunting artistic challenge. From June 21st to September 21st, Jim spent each day capturing the spirit of the Northern Minnesota wilderness through his camera. At the end of each day, Jim edited the day's shoot and picked the best shot to represent that day's adventure. The resulting book literally teems with life. It is filled with the color and action of a pristine natural world during its most energetic season of the year. It features all of Brandenburg's favorite subjects: wildlife and wildflowers, water and wide-open skies.

As always, Jim brings the photojournalist's instinct for the critical moment to each photo. His is a style quite unlike any other nature or wildlife photographer. As was true of the best-selling Chased by the Light, Jim's exercise in photographic technique became something much, much more: a study in human perspective and vision. For, in addition to being a world-class photographer, Jim Brandenburg is a philosopher/poet. As any reader of his work knows, Jim's influences are broad: native American mythology; classical Japanese culture; and Zen Buddhism. Most of all, though, Jim has lived his life as a dedicated student of the natural world-of earth and sky, of water and wind, of plants and creatures. It is in the cyclical rhythms of the natural world that Jim discovers serenity and the meaning of life, and these lessons are conveyed brilliantly through the images and words married together in this book.


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Jim Brandenburg's photographs have won many national and international awards, and his work was included in "Life Magazine Collector's edition: The World's Best Photographs 1980-1990." Brandenburg was twice named "Magazine Photographer of the Year" by the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA). In 1991, he was the recipient of the World Achievement Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme in Stockholm, Sweden. Brandenburg's work has appeared in eight other books.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More enchanting photography. More mediocre text. 4 janvier 2005
Par Casey Crookston - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am perhaps one of Jim Brandenburg the Photographer's biggest fans. I am not such a fan, however, of Jim Brandenburg the author. But I will say this, his writing abilities have improved drastically from Brother Wolf, and he is after all, a photographer first and foremost.

The photography in Looking for the Summer has received a lot of flack because it does not, admittedly, conform to many of the norms we've come to expect in rank-and-file nature photography. When this set of photographs was published in National Geographic, the letters to the editors in the next edition railed on them for being overly saturated, too simplistic, and technically flawed.

Yet this refreshing break from overly trite and boring nature photography is exactly what I find so welcoming and enjoyable. Simply put, his photos are stunning! As a week-end shutter hack I find myself staring at every page in this, and all of his other works, and then trying to emulate his works in my own photography.

Keep it up, Jim! Can't wait for what ever you're next project might be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ...simply wonderful. 13 octobre 2004
Par Ingvald - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Are you tired of looking at the nature photographs that al look the same? Obviously so was Brandenburg. This book is such a welcome departure from the rules and guidelines that plague photographers, and leave us with bland, rehashed photos that lack any sort of spark. It is simply wonderful.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Uneven and at Times Amateurish. But Also Striking and Surprising. 17 décembre 2007
Par mirasreviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Any estimation of the worth of the photography in "Looking for the Summer" will depend upon what the observer wants in his or her art at the moment. If you're looking for the highest caliber nature photography or the best of Jim Brandenburg's work, this is not it. "Looking for the Summer" is a sequel to "Chased by the Light", a personal project that Brandenburg published in 1998 to surprising success. After years of globe-trotting for National Geographic, the man was burned out. In an effort to "restore his soul" and return to his art, Brandenburg devised to make a single photograph per day from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice, in the place he calls home, Minnesota's north woods.

Encouraged by the overwhelming positive reaction, Brandenburg applied a similar principle to a different season. "Looking for the Summer" are photographs taken between the summer solstice and autumnal equinox, again in the north woods of Minnesota but also on the prairie, the landscape of Brandenburg's youth. This time he didn't take just one photo per day. He took many and presumably chose his favorite to represent each of the 94 days. Most photographs are displayed one-to-a-page, though there are a couple of 2-page panoramas. Thirty-seven pages at the end of the book tell "The Stories" behind the photographs which are, frankly, tedious. But I don't think anyone will pick this book up for the text.

These photographs are not all outstanding. Some are not even good. Brandenburg has been criticized for obvious technical flaws. In truth, fewer than 10% of these photographs are technically flawed, either out-of-focus, overexposed, or riddled with digital noise. Some of these effects are successful, some not. The quality, in general, varies widely. While many photos are mundane, some are quite striking. The variety of styles and subjects made this book a good choice for gift-giving in my case: plants, wildlife, flowers, water, sky, landscapes, abstract, macro, and even a double-exposure.

The naturalism of "Looking for the Summer" is what really endears it to me. The colors are not pumped up. There is not one sliver of Velvia Green or magenta. My favorite photos are those which don't seem sure of their subject. I must look around to find whatever the photo wants to reveal. The best ones are surprising, and I keep returning to them. The quality in "Looking for the Summer" is admittedly uneven. But the photographs don't look like everything else in the marketplace. Having been a nature photography aficionado for 15 years, I tired long ago of the vast majority of nature work, no matter how technically impressive, because it all looks the same.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Looking forwards for this summer season 29 mai 2014
Par remya - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was introduced to the internationally acclaimed National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg through his best seller, Chased by the Light. Now, after having read its sequel Looking for The Summer, another sip from his intoxicating cocktail of art, my spirit has frothed up so to the brim, I can't help but spill some here.

Chased by the Light started out as a private project, wherein Jim shot but only one frame per day every day, over a course of ninety days between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. The shooting ground he picked was not some faraway fantasy land, but his own "backyard" of northern Minnesota. The bounty of that private hunt lead by the light, however, turned out to be simply too bright to evade the public eye.

Unlike Chased by the Light, a grueling self imposed project primarily designed to revitalize his soul and career, Looking for The Summer is a simple, mirthful endeavor that seeks to celebrate the warmth and joy of a brief, but exploding season of growth. Incidentally, many of the beautiful places depicted in Chased by the Light had been swept away by a devastating hurricane; a malady that had left a slight dent in Jim's heart. Thus compelled to seek beauty amidst chaos, he sets out to paint nature's portraits on film, yet again. Only this time, he shoots not one, but multiple frames per day over a span of three months, from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox. His quest is not so much to rediscover himself or his craft, but to relish the many sublime flavors of nature; which he then gracefully extends to you in this heady mix of photography, poetry and philosophy.

As with his most other works, this book is yet another testimony of Jim's ardent reverence for nature. While nature, clad in her glorious costumes, stages a multitude of mythical melodramas; Jim gently takes you by the hand and makes you sit next to him on the dew soaked, moss cushioned weathered cedar couch, letting you witness and imbibe her every mood swing, unabridged. Creating visual poetry with every click, he walks you down those less traversed, deserted alleys of the psyche; ones strewn with stardust and sunshine, ones which transcend magic and misery, ones that hoop around the vistas of consciousness.

Following the exploratory trail paved by light, he strives to connect the arcs of the vicious circle of change; known as life. In the process, he implores you to explore one fundamental question; a question so explicitly buried within each one of his frames. 'When the winds of change come, would you be among the trees that snap, or would you be the growth that sprouts beneath the sun'.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Looking for the Summer 9 décembre 2009
Par Alice D. Rapp - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was purchased as a Christmas present. I have looked at the pages and find this artist to be excellent. I have also viewed his art at the museum in Winona, MN.
He is a very talented person and in touch with the beauty in nature.
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