18 Nov 2004
I can't recommend this book highly enough!
David Ward has produced a book which goes beyond the limits of the "how to"
manual (though it does contain plenty of practical advice) and addresses
questions which, though rarely asked, go to the heart of every
Landscape Within: Insights and Inspiration for
There is no shortage of books on the
technical aspects of photography. But, while no photographer would deny the
importance of mastering the technicalities of the craft, most would agree that
perfect technique is just a means to an end, not an end in itself, and would
argue that true satisfaction comes from harnessing technique to realize more
profound, creative goals. In this book, landscape photographer David Ward sets
out to investigate what these goals are, or should be, and how they can best be
He asks: why are photographers driven to create their images?; what
are the emotions that they feel in response to a landscape, for example, and how
do they seek to evoke the same responses on the part of a viewer?; wherein lies
the essence of photographic artistry and originality, and can it be fostered and
Ward is concerned, in short, with the nature of creativity as it is
experienced and practised by photographers and with the thought processes that
go into the making of an image that aspires to be a work of art rather than a
mere snapshot of reality.
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