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Concepts of Nature: A Wildlife Photographer's Journey [Hardcover]

Andy Rouse
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25 May 2008

Andy Rouse has gained a reputation for getting up close and personal with his subjects -ranging from lions and elephants in Africa to penguins in Antarctica, and taking in a whole host of African, European and North American wildlife on the way. In Concepts of Nature the author brings together some of his most memorable images from a genre-defining portfolio spanning four continents.

Split into three parts, Concepts of Nature begins with ‘Visions’, in which Rouse presents the photographs, many published here for the fist time, which he feels were the landmarks in his career and in his development from a one ‘big shot’ specialist to an artist who can capture the whole story of a species and its environment.

In ‘Expression’ he then discusses and illustrates the ideas and techniques that have enabled him to create a series of themed portfolios devoted to a single species or ecosystem -such as those he made in South Georgia and Antarctica. Finally, in ‘Inspiration’ Rouse turns to the work of other wildlife photographers who have inspired and influenced him. There is also an appendix giving technical details of the individual photographs.

For aspiring wildlife photographers, this book will itself be an inspiration, showing just what can be achieved with skill, patience and an extraordinary eye for the telling and dramatic shot. But it will also be treasured by the host of wildlife enthusiasts who admire Andy Rouse’s pictures, attend his lectures or watch his television programmes.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Argentum (25 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902538528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902538525
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 24.6 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Rouse is one of the World's top wildlife photographers, capturing some of the most exciting and evocative images seen today. His reputation is built on taking unusual,captivating and intimate photographs of some of the world's most beautiful, exotic and sometimes dangerous animals. He has won several awards in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is an inspiration to amateur wildlife photographers everywhere.

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"[Rouse's] wildlife photographs go beyond simple illustration and transport the viewer to the scene."" --Outdoor Photographer"

About the Author

Andy Rouse has written and illustrated more than a dozen books on photography and natural history, including Living Landscapes: Creative Visions of the Wild and the critically acclaimed Concepts of Nature, both published by Argentum. He writes regularly for the photographic press and has made and appeared in television programmes for the BBC, ITV, Carlton Meridian and NBC.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
References may have been made in the past to Andy Rouse being an old-ham, but to me he is more of a fine cheese. I say this not as any defamatory reference to his personal hygiene, but more that having followed his work since his penchant to lying down in front on angry Rhino, he still continues to excel and raise-the-bar year-on-year.

The first thing that strikes you about "Concepts of Nature" is how beautifully it is printed and bound. It is clear that this book has been put together with great care and a proper understanding of how to present photographs. It is sturdy, glossy and the colour reproduction is first class.

The second thing that strikes you is what an amazing natural ability Andy must have, and how lucky he must have been to get some of these pictures. This is where first impressions can be misleading...

As well as containing amazing photographs, Andy's books have always been a thoroughly good read. However, in "Concepts of Nature", something has happened, and it's almost like Andy has found another gear. The narrative, as well as being as amusing and captivating as previous books, has a new level of emotion about it. Andy's passion for his 'work' shines through, and is both inspirational and motivational. Virtually every photograph has accompanying background narrative giving the image context and further depth. It also becomes very clear, very quickly that although luck may sometimes play a factor, it is intense planning and dedication that has helped Andy achieve these amazing results.

Being a bit of a geek, I am always keen to know some of the technical information behind a picture.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Mr. Rouse 30 Aug 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of Andy Rouse's books and have just finished reading Concepts of Nature. I've even been on holiday with the guy and I can confirm that he is as nutty as a fruitcake. However, this is my unbiased review.

Firstly, strange title for the book. Not quite sure what it means but the cover photo of the great grey owl is stunning. I agree with the first reviewer when he said Andy's work has moved up to another level. There is quite a lot of landscape work in this book which is a first for Andy. The shots are world class and prove that Mr. Rouse isn't just a one trick pony. As a long time follower of his work I also agree that he adapts and changes his style constantly with fresh approaches. There are some sensational shots in this book and owners of some of his other books will be pleased to know that the majority of the images in this book haven't been published before.

The text is written in his usual witty style which is always welcome. There's plenty of advice for the avid wildlife photographer but not much for total beginners. However, this is not a "how to" book, it is a showcase of his work along with some photographic advice and a few of his own personal experiences and ideas thrown in. A nice easy read.

The print quality is superb with good sized pages to show off the photographs. A few spelling mistakes and misprints but I'm just a nitpicker! Highly recommended overall.

If you are looking for a book with great advice for the beginner combined with a good selection of Andy's work try looking at the Lonely Planet book written by Andy, simply called "Wildlife Phtogoraphy". If you need to now more about the fieldcraft side of wildlife photography, you must read Andy's first book called "Photographing Animals In The Wild". It is still his best book in my opinion and gives some superb advice on creating hides and stalking your subjects etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars - no question! 17 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book on several levels: If you want to find out what a wildlife photographer's working life is like; for practical information about how to take photographs of animals and birds; for greater understanding of the role of light in wildlife photography, as in all types of photography; and for inspiration on developing your own personal photography (as the author says, not by directly copying him, but by understanding the way he has developed his own photography).

As well as that - and by no means last - it is full of absolutely beautiful photos of wild animals, showing fascinating behaviour.

I preferred this book over Andy Rouse's "living landscapes", which while also good I didn't feel it contained as much practical information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WORLD CLASS PHOTOGRAPHY 20 Feb 2012
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Format:Hardcover
Superb photography throughout, with interesting dialogue about the photos & circumstances from Andy himself. I'm still reading as its a pick-up anytime & read for me, rather than a study book, it's quite simply inspirational, a level of skill to be admired & to aspire to, thank you Andy.
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