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Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick
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Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick [Format Kindle]

Peter Essick

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Our Beautiful, Fragile World features a career-spanning look at the images of photojournalist Peter Essick taken while on assignment for National Geographic magazine. In this book, Essick showcases a diverse series of photographs from some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world and documents major contemporary environmental issues, such as climate change and nuclear waste.

Each photograph is accompanied by commentary on the design process of the image, Essick's personal photographic experiences, and informative highlights from the research he completed for each story. Our Beautiful, Fragile World takes the reader on a journey around the globe, from the Oulanka National Park near the Arctic Circle in Finland to the Adelie penguin breeding grounds in Antarctica.

Our Beautiful, Fragile World will interest photographers of all skill levels. It carries an important message about conservation, and the photographs provide a compelling look at our environment that will resonate with people of all ages who care about the state of the natural world.

Foreword by Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful Failure 18 décembre 2013
Par Conrad J. Obregon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Peter Essick has a difficult job. He must make beautiful photographs that reveal the way mankind is destroying its environment. That he does so is quite amazing, although he must give the lie to the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is often only by reading the text on the full page opposite an image that we realize that a photo is laden with doom and gloom.

Essick has the dream job of many a photographer. He works the environmental beat for National Geographic. He apparently travels the world searching for images that tell us that humans are fouling their own nest. Were the images not so well made, this book might almost be overwhelmingly depressing, especially since the photographer offers few solutions to the many problems. Perhaps the photographer doesn't want to acknowledge that we can only prevent environmental disaster by giving up some of the extravagances, and even what we might consider necessities, of modern life.

Although the book is replete with great images, my favorite is a view of Butte, Montana. The image is divided into thirds from right to left, foreground to background. In the right foreground is a shingled house with a window through which a young boy is looking. In the center, middle ground is a deteriorated wood-board structure. On the left and background is a part of Butte, filled with tipples and mine heads and either an open pit-mine or piles of tailings. One can only wonder what future the boy will face in this damaged landscape.

What a contrast this makes to a book released by the same publisher a month earlier, Jack Dykinga's "Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition". Dykinga's book looks at untouched nature, often growing and surviving in a harsh desert, but full of the feeling that nature can gloriously survive. Essick makes us wonder if even with all of our greatest works, the planet can survive.

The book is not a technical manual, although occasionally the discussion will touch on technique. There is also a section on technical information giving as much capture data as the author has (many of the images being pre-digital). The most important part of this work is that Essick is asking us to face up to the fact that we are failing at our job of stewardship.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrible Beauty 16 décembre 2013
Par Brett Merkey - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a smallish, yet impactful collection. The format is open book -- a photograph on the left, an essay/explanation on the right. The theme is around what we have and what we are rapidly losing.

You will have a favorite photo essay among these. Mine is an aerial shot of a log yard of old-growth trees in Manitoba, Canada. You see what must be one zillion cut trees below you, all stacked, ready for pulping. It is immense and sad. Terrible beauty.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a great work! 14 décembre 2013
Par Troy R. Butler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Peter is truly a gifted photographer and some of his best work is highlighted in this book. The photos are beautiful in the hardcover edition. Peter's commentary on each photograph is also very insightful and makes this more than just a collection of pretty pictures, which I believe was his intent. It really brings meaning to the photos and tells the story behind them. The Foreword by Jean-Michel Cousteau is also a nice touch. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to see some of the work of one of the best nature photographers of our time and who is concerned about our environment. Well done!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow 2 mars 2014
Par Rebecca S Esterle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Beautiful pictures and very insightful text. Glad I made this purchase. I read the Kindle version on my iPad. The pictures are amazing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing 22 février 2014
Par Julia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Peter essick takes beautiful photographs with well thought out captions. His words flow and are just as beautiful as his images. He depicts such sad environmental changes so effortlessly and perfectly portrays the slow destruction we are selfishly bringing upon our beautiful earth. This book has enlightened me and inspired me. Thank you.
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