Lisa and Tom Cuchara see the beauty in decay and abandonment. In this book, they take you on a guided journey of historic, grand, dramatic, and unique locations and provide tips to help you capture creative fine-art photographs of rusty, dusty subjects and locations. In this book, you’ll find a plethora of urban exploration images and discover the processes used to create each one. You’ll learn how to capture HDR images, create long-exposure photos, and paint with light. You’ll also learn how to approach challenging locations, deal with high-contrast scenes, create stitched HDR panoramics, and produce light and shadow effects. The authors share the gear that was used, the camera settings, the story behind the scene, and how they pre-visualized their images and looked for light (or created it) in each location. This book will inspire you to visit new “old” places and to get to know them well enough to tell their story -- Lisa and Tom Cuchara
Biomedical sciences professor Lisa Cuchara fell head-over-heels in love with frogs the first time she and her photographer husband Tom were invited to photograph a red-eyed tree frog. Before long, the couple was clearing out their space in their home for terrariums full of well-loved amphibians! As it turned out, Lisa’s uncanny ability to put frogs at ease set the couple on a new creative path: producing whimsical frog portraits. Through patience, care—and plenty of snacks!—they have been able to achieve incredible images while keeping their animal friends totally content. In fact, some of their frogs now know that they will fed after being taken out of their terrarium—so they sign to Lisa and Tom or smush their faces up to the glass, wanting to be photographed! Whether sitting quietly on a flower or humorously interacting with a carefully selected prop, these frogs are sure to bring a smile to the face of any animal lover.
Tony Howell loves trees—and on days when the weather report looks promising, he’s often up before dawn, exploring the South West of England in search of ideal subjects for his evocative images. Drawing on inspiration from legendary black & white photographers like Ansel Adams and Paul Strand, Howell’s monotone images strip down his subjects to their essence, elegantly revealing the peace and beauty of nature. These are scenes of trees, both majestic and humble, that make you feel the cool breeze on your neck and listen for the rustling of wind through leaves. In this book, Howell shares his favorite images as well as his reflections on the scenes and some of the stories behind their creation. From evocative abstracts to starkly realistic landscapes, Howell’s images will deepen your appreciation for nature and for the beauty of our planet.
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This interdisciplinary essay collection investigates the various interactions of people, feelings, and things throughout premodern Europe. It focuses on the period before mass production, when limited literacy often prioritised material methods of communication. The subject of materiality has been of increasing significance in recent historical inquiry, alongside growing emphasis on the relationships between objects, emotions, and affect in archaeological and sociological research. The historical intersections between materiality and emotions, however, have remained under-theorised, particularly with respect to artefacts that have continuing resonance over extended periods of time or across cultural and geographical space. Feeling Things addresses the need to develop an appropriate cross-disciplinary theoretical framework for the analysis of objects and emotions in European history, with special attention to the need to track the shifting emotional valencies of objects from the past to the present, and from one place and cultural context to another. The collection draws together an international group of historians, art historians, curators, and literary scholars working on a variety of cultural, literary, visual, and material sources. Objects considered include books, letters, prosthetics, religious relics, shoes, stone, and textiles. Many of these have been preserved in international galleries, museums, and archives, while others have remained in their original locations, even as their contexts have changed over time. The chapters consider the ways in which emotions such as despair, fear, grief, hope, love, and wonder become inscribed in and ascribed to these items, producing 'emotional objects' of significance and agency. Such objects can be harnessed to create, affirm, or express individual relationships, as, for example, in religious devotion and practice, or in the construction of cultural, communal, and national identities.
Elbert Hubbard and his Roycrofters were one of the most influential aspects of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Hubbard founded the Roycroft Press in 1895, and by the turn of the century, the varied and eclectic group of artisans and celebrities who flocked here had transformed the small town of East Aurora, New York, into a world-renowned utopian crafts community. In this volume of over 200 images, you will experience the Roycroft campus as never before, viewing rare images of the people who made the Roycroft dream a reality. Discover their many contributions to the area's progress and see examples of their creations, from handmade books to intricate metal works and rare furniture. All of the 14 buildings that now comprise the National Historic Landmark Roycroft Campus have been documented in original photographs and from postcards, promotions, and their own publications; many appear within these pages for the first time in book form. The Roycroft continues to be one of the most prominent areas of international Arts & Crafts Revival. After an extensive restoration following the community's centennial in 1995, the Roycroft Inn has reopened, and the area has once again become an artistic and, now, historic mecca for visitors from all over the world.
Towering Mirrors is a study in visual abstraction, as well as a showcase of modern architecture. The volume takes us on a nation-wide tour of magnificent buildings, from Chicago to Dallas to Sarasota, Florida. The collection features incredible variety: some shots are humorous and full of color; some are curious and surreal; still others are somber and impressive. Using nothing more than skillful framing and careful timing, Weinberg perfectly captures the striking beauty of American skyscrapers. Each shot is an experiment in color and composition, making surprisingly interesting subjects of the ordinary places where people work and live.
This lavish illustrated volume presents a visual history of Seliger's commitment to biomorphic abstraction and documents his extraordinary career from his auspicious beginnings as the youngest artist exhibiting with the original artisit of the Abstract Expressionist movement, through the development of his signature style of complex and intimate abstractions. 217 colour illustrations