What the soul feels: 10 new Photography books

They say, that photography, like art, it is less what the eye sees and more what the soul feels, and we couldn’t agree more. So whether your soul feels the mists of the mountains, the droplets of water from a dog shaking his coat, vintage cameras, cityscapes, fashion, selfies or satellite imagery, we’ve got you covered! Check out these 10 new photography books from our collection.

Syndetics book coverPawtraits / Ken Drake.
Pawtraits is a stunning photographic collection capturing man’s best friends at their most adorable, playful, mischievous and downright lovable selves. Each shot is an artwork, a beautiful, personal ‘tail’ of the love between a dog and their human, captured in Zoo Studio’s signature style.  Animal lovers & photographic art connoisseurs alike will fall in love with this book. A portion of the sales of Pawtraits will be donated to the RSPCA.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPhotographs from the edge : a master photographer’s insights on capturing an extraordinary world / Art Wolfe with Rob Sheppard
“Legendary nature photographer Art Wolfe presents an intimate, behind-the-scenes guide to the experiences, decisions, and methods that helped him capture images from some of the most exciting locations across the globe. From endangered species to cultural celebrations to natural wonders, Wolfe brings each subject to life through his stunning photography and the stories he shares in this one-of-a-kind photo safari.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI love my selfie / essay by Ilan Stavans ; auto-portraits by ADÁL.
“What explains our current obsession with selfies? In I Love My Selfie noted cultural critic Ilan Stavans explores the selfie’s historical and cultural roots by discussing everything from Greek mythology and Shakespeare to Andy Warhol, James Franco, and Pope Francis. He sees selfies as tools people use to disguise or present themselves as spontaneous and casual. Provocative and engaging, this book will change the way readers think about this unavoidable phenomenon of twenty-first-century life.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMagnum photobook : the Catalogue Raisonné / texts by Fred Ritchin & Carole Naggar.
“Including unpublished behind-the scenes material, together with ephemera from the photographers’ archives about the making of their books. With an introduction by Fred Ritchin and texts by Carole Naggar, this book explores the evolution of the photobook, as well as the important role that Magnum has played in the history of documentary photography.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAging gracefully : portraits of people over 100 / Karsten Thormaehlen.
“A beautiful and fascinating exploration of what it is like to be over 100 years old, Aging Gracefully invites readers to look into the face of a century of life experience with portraits of centenarians captured by the compassionate, minimalist lens of photographer Karsten Thormaehlen. The striking photographs are accompanied by short bios of the centenarians, featuring quotes and wisdom on love, food, humor, and living with grace.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOn reading / Steve McCurry ; foreword by Paul Theroux.
“Young or old, rich or poor, people everywhere read. This homage to the beauty and seductiveness of reading brings together a collection of photographs taken by Steve McCurry over four decades of travel and is introduced by award-winning writer, Paul Theroux. McCurry’s mesmerizing images of the universal human act of reading are an acknowledgement and tribute to the overwhelming power of the written word.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEarth from space / by Yann Arthus-Bertrand ; translated from the French by Nicholas Elliott ; GoodPlanet Foundation.
“With more than 150 breathtaking satellite photographs, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, an aerial photographer and environmental activist, discusses the impact of deforestation, urban sprawl, ocean pollution, and more. Earth from Space ‘s compelling selection of satellite images raises important questions about our future, while showcasing the planet’s beauty, leaving no doubt that it is something crucial to protect.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverErik Madigan Heck : old future / texts by Justine Picardie and Susan Bright.
“In contemporary fashion photography, Erik Madigan Heck is something of an anomaly – a very successful anomaly who steers his own path. His work is elegant and unashamedly beautiful, exploring the intersections of fashion, painting and classical portraiture. Working with natural light and combining in-camera effects with digital post-production, he produces evocative and seductive images that are both timeless and futuristic.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRetro photo : an obsession : a personal selection of vintage cameras and the photographs they take / David Ellwand.
“From the pinhole to the Pentax, Retro Photo: An Obsession is a visual journey through the history of photography, highlighting some of the iconic cameras of the analog era. At once an accessible guide to vintage cameras, a highly personal take on photographic history, and a celebration of classic design, here is a book that takes the fear out of old-style photography and puts the fun back in.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew York serenade / Ciro Frank Schiappa, photographs ; Michele Primi, texts.
New York Serenade is homage to the city of New York. The project consists of fifty pictures that share stories we believe are relevant to describe the continuous changing of the historical sites, the urban landscape, and the different forms of art that the city itself produced over the years. Our aim is to write a story about history, art, music, and New York City, and create a journey through this tradition, around historical places that are holding memories of the past while the future is written somewhere else.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Your photos for Seaweek

Seaweekblog

To celebrate Seaweek from Saturday 1 through to  Sunday 9 March, we want to display your photos of the sea at Central Library. With the weather improving this is a great opportunity to take out your camera! We would love to have your favourite piece(s) of work admired by library visitors.

If you’re interested in contributing your photos, take them to the Information Desk at the Central Library, where you’ll see the blue Seaweek box until 28 February.  Of course, please write your name and contact details on the back of the photo(s) so that we can make sure they go back to the right person.

A big thank you to Island Bay Marine Education Centre for their contribution to our Seaweek display. You can read an article on the Centre in the latest issue of FishHead magazine available from our magazine collection.

Rules and Conditions:
1. The photographs must be original works; e.g. taken by yourself. Your name will be printed underneath your photo unless otherwise specified.
2. Return of the photographs is the responsibility of the owner and they will be made available for collection from the point of delivery from 10/3/14 until no later than 10/4/14.
3. Wellington City Libraries will not display photographs deemed inappropriate, will not be held liable for loss or damage of photographs, and are not liable for individuals who breach copyright law.

Check out some great photography ideas from our collection:

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand’s wild places / Craig Potton.
“New Zealand’s Wild Places contains not only a selection of Potton’s iconic landscape images, but also some fresh images, many of which were taken while making his two highly successful TV series, ‘Rivers’ and ‘Wild Coasts’. Complementing the format of these programmes, New Zealand’s wild places has also been structured thematically, with sections covering rivers and lakes, the coast, forests and mountains.”  (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverUnderwater photography: art and techniques
“Underwater photography is a challenging discipline. To capture an underwater world of glorious colours, extraordinary creatures and mysterious depths, you must have confidence in your diving abilities and be very comfortable with your camera. This practical book explains and offers advice to the reader on both the art and the science involved in capturing stunning underwater shots. Contents include: advice on the equipment you will need to get the most from your underwater photography; descriptions of underwater habitats and animal behaviour; guidance on how to be a responsible photographer and finally, direction and assistance on topics including composition, natural and artificial lighting, exposure and underwater conditions.” (Syndentic summary)

Syndetics book coverPhotography : the new complete guide to taking photographs : from basic composition to the latest digital techniques / John Freeman.
“A revised and updated edition of John Freeman’s bestselling photography title, with a discussion of new cameras, information on new digital technologies, and numerous sparkling new images! Acclaimed photographer Freeman simply covers all the basics–and more–in one single easy-to-follow volume. He provides hundreds of tips for taking more creative and expressive photos; explores all the most popular topics, including people, nature, the urban landscape, and more; and offers valuable insights for increasing your enjoyment of the art. From artificial lighting to texture and hue, from increasing depth of field to recent developments in digital processing, this book reveals everything the modern photographer needs to know!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVaka moana : voyages of the ancestors : the discovery and settlement of the Pacific / editor K. R. Howe.
“This large, lavishly illustrated, coffee-table book houses a work of first-rate scholarship that reports and reflects upon the state of knowledge concerning the discovery and settlement of the Pacific islands and the technologies of canoe building, sailing, and navigation that made this possible. This has been the most venerable arena of research in the anthropology of the Pacific. The accessibly written chapters are by K. R. Howe, Rawiri Taonui, Geoffrey Irwin, Ben Finney, Roger Neich, and Anne Salmond. The range of treatment is comprehensive, and the maps, drawings, and photographs are both delightfully distracting and instructive. The authors cover the post-European contact history of sailing as well as contemporary efforts to relearn, preserve, and practice these technologies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. G. E. Marcus University of California, IrvineCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)

Overdrive cover Clever Digital Photography Ideas, by Peter Cope (eBook)
“A practical, accessible guide to the ingenious and creative things that can be done with a digital compact or camera phone. Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Using Your Camera Out and About is a chapter from the book 100 Clever Digital Photography Ideas and provides a variety of simples ideas for getting more from your camera or camera phone when you are out and about, beyond your travels and holidays. Some ideas might be obvious, like tips for shooting landscapes, but many are more obscure and fun, like creating a visual gift list and using your camera as binoculars. With so many people owning camera phones these days, there’s no excuse not to be taking photographs whilst you are out and about.All ideas and projects are presented with easy to follow instructions and striking photographs across colourful pages. Open your eyes to the creative possibilities with your digital photo technology, from using a basic compact camera to the latest smart phone. Whether a novice or a pro, Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Using Your Camera Out and About will show you how to break out of your comfort zone and try something exciting and new.” (Overdrive description)

Eclectic mix

Find out about our latest photography books below!

syndetics-lcPhotocraft
“Digital Photography and Mixed Media–a creative match made in heaven! Love photography? Want to make yours better? Want to use your photography as a springboard for fabulous and diverse mixed media and digital projects?
Photo Craft will help you elevate the average into the extraordinary! Using Adobe Photoshop Elements and following thorough, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn to make basic adjustments to your photographs that will yield stunning and artistic results. You’ll also learn to use those photographs — along with some everyday mixed-media supplies — to create unique and personal art.
Inside You’ll Find:

  • 13 stepped out mixed media techniques and projects
  • 16 stepped out digital techniques
  • 9 stellar techniques and projects from contributing artists including Michele Beschen and Claudine Hellmuth
  • Dozens of great examples of and tips for iPhoneography
  • Countless inspirational suggestions for photo field trips and photo shoots
  • An author curated list of recommended apps to take your photos to the next level
  • Access to exclusive online materials including new techniques and projects and downloadable materials for your personal use

So get to it! Take new pictures today (and every day!), look through those boxes of old and long-forgotten photos, and free those lonely images from your hard drive. Make them better, make them new and make them art. Soon you’ll be seeing things in a whole new way!” (from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHarbour / photographs by Alastair Grant.
“For the past three years Alastair Grant has travelled the great inland harbours of the west coast of the North Island creating a photographic record of these fascinating and under-appreciated regions, trying to capture their atmosphere and a feel for the people who live and work around them. The harbours are drowned river valleys. They differ greatly in size, but share a similar climate with prevailing westerly winds. They are all tidal. They were settled by Maori following the great migration in the 13th and 14th centuries and have played significant roles in Maori history. To this day, marae dot their shores. The large number of shipwrecks around the entrances and within the harbours bears witness to their importance as centres of commerce and trade in earlier times, particularly following the arrival of Europeans in the early to mid-19th century. The Manukau and Porirua harbours support large urban populations and commercial activities on their shores, while the others are less populated and more remote, popular for holidays or little known by outsiders”–Publisher information.

syndetics-lcAll About Bond
“The release of the latest 007 movie, Skyfall, was the 24th movie starring the fictional secret service agent and All About Bond is a unique memoir that will delight, amuse and inform Bond fans the world over.
All About Bond is packed with surprises, insights and candid memories, both personal and photographic from legendary names who cut their teeth and carved out careers in some of the most memorable scenes in movie history.
The humor, the drama and the camaraderie, on set and off, is captured through the immortal lens of one of the world’s most legendary photographers. Bond girls from Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton to Britt Ekland and Joanna Lumley recall their thrills and spills filming cinema’s most enduring and alluring sex symbols; and the man – and men – who made Bond, share the facts and the fictions behind the creation of cinema’s foremost superhero.” (from Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe Essential Cecil Beaton
“Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was a man of many facets and extraordinary skill. He was a successful theatre designer, a writer, a fashion and society photographer, as well as a gardener. As a photographer, he was world-famous. The secret of his success was probably his ability to capture with his photographs a whole era, as a kind of master of ceremonies to the British Empire. Always self-assured and stylish, he depicts with his customary elegance and panache the high and low of the century: The British Royal family, the nobility, the London bohemian scene, and the New York underground. Since the Nineteen-Twenties, his work has been unique in depicting the international “Zeitgeist.” Without doubt, Cecil Beaton’s photographic work is one of the most important contributions to the history of art and photography of the 20th century. This marvelous volume offers a comprehensive and complete presentation of Beaton’s work and life.” (from Amazon.com)

A Race Relations Day celebration

2005 Amanda Golding launched the Earth people concept, a Wellington wide celebration for Race Relations day, at Newtown Library. This was supported by Desigin Thulkanam from the Human Rights Commission and Joris de Bres attended the event.

There was plenty of discussion while making the figurines about acceptance of people of all ethnicities, and how we may look different from one another but in essence we are all the same, needing food, water and family, we are one people!

Here is a slideshow of some wonderful clay figurines from Earth People events since 2005. Check out the list of participating libraries on our Earth People Event page and come and join us at an Earth People Event in 2009!