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Lovely photographs but replete with platitudes
on 19 February 2013
I saw this book featured in "The Simple Things" magazine and ordered it on the strength of that article. I am not disappointed by the photographs - the author has an eye for an interesting shot and the colours are excellent. The book is also nicely produced. The text, however, is not at all any kind of journey, but random strings of facts, many drawn from the small number of books listed in the bibliography. And, worse, the photos have cute 'positive thinking' platitudes literally stuck over them. So when you look at a very interesting and unusual photograph of an elderly Indian gentleman in well-worn but beautiful traditional garb, you are exhorted to "Don't cut corners". What?! I don't want to be told what I should be thinking when I look at an image. I fell like getting a reel of tape and covering over the phrases like "Exercise your smile muscles" and "One hug is worth a thousand words" which are literally pasted over the images, ruining them. Disappointed, because it could have been such a lovely book.