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Elements: The Landscape of Scotland [Hardcover]

Craig McMaster
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7 July 2004
Craig McMaster is one of Scotland's leading black and white photographers. In this unique collection of images, he captures the essence of Scotland's wild landscape and the magnificent timelessness of nature. Divided into three sections--Highland, Coastline and Woodland--Elements is aphotographic celebration of the stunning and diverse scenery of Scotland. McMaster's photographic art is testimony both to the awe-inspiring strength and the increasing fragility of our precious environment. Includes an Essay on the Land by the John Muir Trust and a Foreword by renowned Scottish artist, George Wylie.

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  • Hardcover: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Mercat Press; 1st Edition edition (7 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841830690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841830698
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 26.8 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...130-page compilation of striking black and white images ... captures the essence of Scotland’s wild landscape and the timelessness of nature." -- The Scots Magazine, November 2004

"...stunning black and white photos both record and make a case for protecting our beautiful but fragile landscape...superb book..." -- The Sunday Post, August 22, 2004

"...the pictures have a biting sharpness that recalls an engraver’s line...a well planned book, good value for money..." -- John Muir Trust Journal, July 2004

'Beautiful, crisp photographs that capture Scotland's multifarious terrain perfectly.' -- Scottish Art News

About the Author

Craig McMaster's award-winning photographs have appeared in two major solo exhibitions. He lived on the west coast of Scotland for several years, but is now based in Edinburgh. He has his own website.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Landscape at its Most Beautiful 30 Aug 2004
By K S
Format:Hardcover
A collection of stunning black and white photographs themed across highland, coastline and woodland.
I've seen loads of books with Scottish landscape as the subject, and it's hard to go wrong. However, the range and precision in this collection is remarkable, and the monochromatic images have a surreal and abstract quality.
As the author writes in the introduction:
"The removal of colour from a familliar scene instantly introduces an abstract quality to the image - it forces us to use our imagination. In a black and white photograph, familiar scenes in nature are transformed into an elegant world of shapge, form, texture and light where our imagination is permitted to roam."
Spot on. I'm a rubbish photographer myself, but these pictures inspire you to get out there into the wilderness and take something back with you. I could look at them for hours, really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 28 April 2006
By Graeme Stewart VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is what Black & White landscape photography is all about.

Pin sharp, beautifully toned images,of the most beautiful wee country in the world.(Scotland, in case you were wondering).

Craig McMaster has produced a collection of photographs that make me want to stop being too lazy to get up in the morning, & get out in to the hills. I think anyone seeing these pictures will feel the same. In fact, where are my walking boots......
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifull mono photography 22 Mar 2013
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craig mcmaster is a great photographer and this book shows it, it covers, highland, woodland, and coastline of scotland in beautifull b+ w all of the images where taken using a 5x4 view camera with a tripod so that is dedication for you! humping that gear around scotland, but it must have been worth it for the beautifull images he has captured, well recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cover was stained 3 Jan 2013
By lily cocetta - Published on Amazon.com
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It wasn't in the best condition when I received it. I did get it used but I wish they had been forth coming about the cover. The interior pages were in fine condition. They are beautiful images of a Scotland one doesn't normally think about. The images are moody, graphic and beautiful. I've framed a few of them.
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