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Scotland's Mountains: A Landscape Photographer's View [Hardcover]

Joe Cornish
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Book Description

25 Sep 2009

Following the success of Scotland’s Coast, acclaimed landscape photographer Joe Cornish trained his lens on another outstanding feature of the country for which he holds so much affection – its mountains. He sets out to capture the unique character of each range, from the soaring peaks of the Southern Highlands to the fortress-like Torridonian and Assynt hills in the far north; from the Cuillin of Skye, almost Alpine in character, in the west, to the lofty Cairngorms, with their windswept plateaus and jewel-like ice formations to the east.

With a brilliant eye for a picture and a masterly use of light, Joe depicts not only the peaks and ridges, the cliffs and buttresses of each mountain range, but the corresponding valleys and glens, the deep lochs, fast-flowing burns and spectacular waterfalls that are as integral to the landscape as the mountains themselves.

Accompanying the photographs are Joe’s fascinating accounts of his experiences in each region. He describes the physical and creative challenges he faced in order to capture the images, and his reflections on the remarkable landscapes and features he encountered. The result is one of the most acutely observed, engaging and inspirational portraits of Scotland’s mountains ever published. It will delight not only Joe Cornish’s numerous admirers but anyone who is drawn to this most magical of landscapes.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133467
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 25.1 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Put quite simply, Joe has 'it' - that wonderful, almost mystical ability to pull together all the logistical and creative elements of making a photograph and turning them into images of wild places that touch the emotions. -- Outdoor Photography, July 2010

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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, inspiring and simply stunning 15 Sep 2009
If you have read and admired and been inspired by other books by Joe Cornish, this book will not disappoint you on any level. His writing engages you, for example in "As the afterglow became night I reached the bothy, utterly exhausted, with few photographs made in spite of my labours." But he was still driven to make a wonderful picture by the light from a tea-light candle! The pictures are presented as a series of portfolios. The pictures - in both colour and b&w show a masterly use of light and lack of light; inspired composition which shuns the rule of thirds. This is the work of an artist on top of his game. If you aspire to be a landscape photographer or simply enjoy looking at outstanding photographs, this is simply an unmissable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mountains are grand 12 Mar 2013
By anna
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The photos were fine. However, it would appear that most of them were taken in fall and or winter. Most were of the tops and the rocks. I would have liked to have seen more green in Spring, and more of mountains from the perspective of the valleys.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cornish 19 Sep 2009
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My title says it all really - Classic Cornish!

Those familiar with his work (especially those of us who try to who emulate it!) will have a good idea what to expect here - all round excellence in landscape photography.

I should say that I don't think the inclusion of black and white photographs adds anything to this book, but they are few and don't detract. (I don't find Ansel Adam's colour photography as inspiring as his mono work and the opposite is true for Joe Cornish - he is definitely a colour photographer first in my eyes.) Having said that, and despite of the use of Velvia/Provia, the use of colour is so sparing and subtle in some of the photo's, they have a mono quality of their own. (Check out `Allt Coire Mhic Fhearchair' (page103) and `Lochan Na Stainge' (page38) and you'll see what I mean -stunning!)

All photo's are in the 5x4 format, which is fine, but previously Cornish has used 6x12 and a few frames in that format would have been welcome here.

So while I do have criticisms, I do regard this as an excellent book - a must for all landscapers and anyone who likes stunning scenery.

p.s. I have seen some of these photo's in huge prints at a gallery in London. If you get the chance to see any of his work this way you should ! This book, fantastic as it is, can never do his work full justice.

p.p.s. Don't miss Joe's other books, which I recommend in the following order : 1st : First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art 2nd : Scotland's Coast: A Photographer's Journey 3rd :The Northumberland Coast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photographs 30 Jun 2013
By Jd
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Bought as agift for my climbing enthusist son. The photos are superb. The text well written. I would have likesd a few more maps
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Photography 8 Jun 2013
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This is an amazing book choca with beautiful images from Mr Cornish's typically first class photographic expertise. Mr Cornish is one of the very best landscape photographers in the UK if not the world at this moment.

Please Please keep up the good work. Must be extremely difficult obtaining images of this caliber though with heavy equipment (by my standards) and all night wild camping.

Fabulous stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Aug 2012
By SammyK
Excellent stuff!! I bought this for my brother who had climbed many of the mountains featured - he was most impressed
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Joe Cornish is widely, and justifiably, regarded as the best landscape photographer in the UK. First Light, Joe's first book, was a collection of stunning images that had huge instant impact and motivated a cavalcade of photographers to seek out the locations therein. With Scotland's Mountains, Joe may have thwarted all but the most committed photographers by travelling long distances with 40lbs of large format photographic equipment. However, although some pictures within this book are instantly rewarding, the majority have a beauty that is rewarded through repeated viewings. I find myself returning to this book again and again, finding more in each picture on every visit. This is why I regard Scotland's Mountains as Joe's greatest work to date, and by logical conclusion, the most rewarding British landscape photography book. Buy it and keep it near.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's Mountains 31 Dec 2009
This is not just another book of photographs of Scottish landscapes. Joe Cornish can be expected to deliver the goods when it comes to quality of image however this book takes a broad view of Scottish mountain landscapes and covers details as well as wide views. The result is that for me it is the best photographic book on the subject that I have come across. The way it has been presented makes it just as suitable for the casual visitor (if there is such a beastie to be found) as for the photographer who is looking for either a good read or some inspiration. The author's best book yet and one that will be hard to beat by any other photographer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great present for a Scot
My sisters boyfriend was very pleased with this. Nice quality book both in terms of content and paper/binding. Looking forward to reading it when he has finished.
Published 2 months ago by D. Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
I own quite a bunch of books about the Scottish mountains and found Joe Cornish brilliant in the way he seizes the tiniest detail that may look like boring to others and makes each... Read more
Published 15 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Not long before this book hit the shelves i found myself discovering the Scottish landscape for the first time. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by mini me
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotlands Mountains: A Landscape photographers View
This is another excellent publication, as you would expect from Joe Cornish.
His images are beautifully reproduced and truly inspiring for photographer and nature lover... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Gary
4.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's Mountains Joe Cornish
The best book I have founded during my journey in Scotland. It exalts very very well Scotland mountain's landscapes and lights
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by giova54
5.0 out of 5 stars The best after "First Light"
I think this is the best book from Cornish after his "First Light". The images are superb, all of them! Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by Mr. Giovanni Russello
4.0 out of 5 stars intouch with the land
I enjoyed this book very much both the photography and the fact that he can get some feeling into the words on the page, being a mountaineer and amature photogragher, I tuned into... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by R. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Spectacular photography, can keep you entertained for ages just looking at the photos. Comes with a good narrative also if you're interested in the journey they took to shoot. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2010 by J. Ivie
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