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The Life & Love of Trees: He who plants a tree, plants a hope [Hardcover]

Lewis Blackwell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 2009
Trees are vital without them we simply wouldn't be here. Not only essential, they have been an inspiration throughout our history. In breathtaking photographs and stories we are taken on a journey from the boreal forest at the edge of the Arctic to the rainforests girdling the planet; from ancient bristlecones to fresh-leaved seedlings; from the charming and familiar to the scary and rare. An elegantly written and highly accessible text is complemented by an extraordinary collection of images created by some of the world's leading nature photographers.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: PQ Blackwell in association with Chronicle Books (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0473150956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0473150952
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 32 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lewis Blackwell likes to make beautiful books with inspiring ideas. Whether it is his passion for trees, which led to the bestselling Life and Love of Trees (celebrated on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and featured on oprah.com, among others) or more arcane delights in the history of typography and vernacular signage (20th Century Type and Ed Fella Letters on America), or sharing his powerful insights from the top table in photography (Photowisdom), the resulting books are always highly visual, original in thought and word, and accessible.
Lewis finds the perfect project for a book typically combines a great subject to investigate with fascinating people to work with and remarkable places to visit. He is currently working on two projects that will take him around the world, from the depths of nature to the heights of technology.


To write to Lewis Blackwell, or to request him for talks or signings, please email him via his publishers at contact@pqblackwell.com

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Acres of bluebells carpet a shimmering springtime wood; caterpillars nibble a leaf with the symmetry of synchronised swimmers...This lavish large-format book features the world's leading photographers and every kind of tree, from the giant sequoias of California to the bonsai of Japan, and even our own humble acorn.
--The Mail on Sunday, Sunday 25 October 2009

Lewis Blackwell: Copenhagen might dither, but the rest of us can get planting...
--The Independent, 23 November 2009

Lewis Blackwell is the former Creative Director of Getty Images, so you can be sure that his eye for a thought-provoking photo will keep you turning pages... the book is packed with glorious images taken by some of the world's best nature photographers, including Art Wolfe.
--Outdoor Photography, Jan 2010

About the Author

Lewis Blackwell likes to make beautiful books with inspiring ideas. Whether it is his passion for trees, which led to the bestselling Life and Love of Trees (celebrated on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and featured on oprah.com, among others) or more arcane delights in the history of typography and vernacular signage (20th Century Type and Ed Fella Letters on America), or sharing his powerful insights from the top table in photography (Photowisdom), the resulting books are always highly visual, original in thought and word, and accessible. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like walking around the world 19 Dec 2009
By Helen B
Format:Hardcover
This book is for tree-lovers, not tree-spotters. I did not want another book on recognising a tree - but to get this one that really inquires into our relationship with trees is both inspiring and vital. It wears its learning and expertise lightly, while including award-standard images by outstanding photographers. The whole is consistently at a high quality, a really visual experience supported by fascinating stories and information that give new insight into just how extraordinary trees are. All this is put together by a writer/editor who combines a passion for the subject with deep expertise in writing and putting together books. The result is a gorgeous walk around the trees of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful... 27 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is pure visual magic..a total feast for the eyes..it wakes you up to the beauty that is out there for us all to enjoy if we take the time to wander,walk and look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life & Love of Trees 17 Dec 2009
By MJP
Format:Hardcover
I have no idea what Luke is talking about. This book is beautiful collection of images shot by "professionals" that spend their lives trying to make this kind of work. I can say this as a professional photographer with 28 years making my living from shooting images. I must stress I was not involved with this book but take exception to it being marginalized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gorgeous 22 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
I fell in love with this book when I saw it on a friend's coffee table. I was drawn in by the cover and spent two hours flicking through the pages.
The next day I bought my own copy.
The photography is sumptuous, the trees amazing. The cover shot is my favourite.... a misty path leading into the heart of the woods, my 3-year old looks at it and says "there must be magic down there!"
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Rachael
Format:Hardcover
Some of the photographs in this book are lovely, but they are completely ruined by the excruciatingly pretentious text. In several cases the text has been superimposed onto the photographs, in a style reminiscent of the motivational posters you find in office buildings.

The text in the first part of the book, which Blackwell says is about the 'reality built around some of the more remarkable stories of how trees live', is almost bearable. The second part 'explores our imaginings, appreciation, and creation with trees', and is somehow capable of inducing mild levels of rage.

He calls it a 'personal exploration', which it is. I'm sorry, but I'd much rather explore my own imaginings/appreciation of trees than read about someone else's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Beautiful Book 20 Feb 2010
By Vega
Format:Hardcover
I have recently taken up art and I bought this book due to the beautiful photography inside, with a view to sketching and painting the images myself. I have to say the author has done a beautiful job, the book is one that you just pick up read here and there put down pick up read another section and its written with such emotion I love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book of trees 1 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is breathtaking! When I first opened it I couldn't put it down and then I wanted everyone else to see it.
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