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Scotland's Coast: A Photographer's Journey [Hardcover]

Joe Cornish
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1 April 2005

Following the success of his best-selling First Light, Joe Cornish has now turned his attention to the magnificent scenery of Scotland’s 6,000-mile coastline. He has travelled from the Mull of Galloway in the south to the tip of Unst in the Shetlands, the northernmost point in the British Isles, and from remote St Kilda out in the Atlantic to the Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve on the North Sea to capture the enormous variety of scenery that characterises the Scottish seacoast.

Some of the sites he has photographed, like St Kilda or the sandstone peaks overlooking Loch Torridon, belong to the National Trust for Scotland, but many others are privately owned; some, like the majestic Cuillins on Skye, are well-known to tourists, others are hidden coves or remote sea stacks that few visitors will ever have seen. Whatever the subject, be it a wide Hebridean vista or fragmentary patterns of ice on a frozen beach, Joe Cornish, with his artist’s eye and his dramatic use of light, helps us to look at it afresh and reveals new and unsuspected beauties. In the text which accompanies his photographs he explains the aspects of each particular landscape that made it special to him, its geology, its flora, its history or its associations. The result is a stunning book which will delight Cornish’s legion of admirers and all those who have found enchantment on Scotland’s wonderful coastline.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845130790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845130794
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 25.1 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Cornish is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest contemporary landscape photographers. He has lectured and exhibited in Britain and overseas, led workshops and written a number of successful books, including Scotland’s Coast and Scotland’s Mountains, both published by Aurum, and Joe Cornish: A Photographer at Work and First Light -both published under the Aurum photography imprint Argentum.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book, savour every page! 1 Aug 2005
This is not a book just to flick through. Some of the images do have immediate impact, the "wow" factor, but more require a more detailed examination to really appreciate. By Joe Cornish's own admission, many of the photo's in the book are not taken in "ideal" conditions (read the text to understand why!), but these photos can still be just as compelling as those "wow" factor photos, if you take the time to look at them.

The book is well presented, I have seen many of the photos at a gallery in London (and I have listened to Joe Cornish talk about the photos and his experiences making them), and the book presents a very good reproduction... although they do have greater impact when printed at A1! This book is also an excellent read! Joe Cornish has added his own commentary to accompany the photos, which in some ways makes the photos seem more "real". Take the time to read each page of this book and you will be rewarded for it.

Flick through it and no doubt, those photos with the "wow" factor will impress, but you will be missing a great deal. A highly recommended book, and a worthy successor to "First Light".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, but... 8 Jan 2008
Joe Cornish is one of Britain's best landscape photographers and his talent has been recognized in many books. I have his 2002 publication, Light and the Art of Landscape Photography, and bought this one unseen because of that.

The pictures certainly live up to my expectations, with richly coloured, razor-sharp explorations of the amazing Scottish coast, complete with dramatic skies that shows he worked hard to get it right.

My only complaint it this book is not so much for serious photographers. Unlike Light and the Art of..., there are no detailed captions explaining how each picture was made. Sure, there are what Cornish calls "field notes" at the end, but they are far too brief and it's annoying to have to skip back and forth from picture to field note. Because of this, I would recommend Scotland's Coast for non-photographers only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 23 Mar 2013
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A festival of colours, light and textures in the most original pictures I have seen in a book about the coast of Scotland for a while. This makes me miss Scotland all the more...
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