5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2010
'Journal of a Ghosthunter' is surely one of the most beautiful photographic works ever published. Marsden expresses disdain for the materialist worldview in his introduction, announcing that his aim is to capture the spiritual in photographs. He writes: "The witches of old would sleep alone and naked in the depths of the dark forest, in the belief that by enduring this trial of fear, they would gain great power over other mere mortals." Marsden aims to replicate this stripping away of mundane reality in his photographic work, and succeeds uncannily.
The book is divided geographically into five sections, and each begins with suitable words by a poet from that particular land (e.g. Yeats for Ireland, Goethe for Germany...although Romania is represented by a quote from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula').
Marsden writes with poetic insight about each place he visits, and his writing and photography complement one another perfectly. From the Burren to the Pyrénées, from Versailles to Transylvania, Marsden takes us on a pilgrimage through the haunted soul of Europe.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2009
What a super book. I have had this book a few years and it is one I return to repeatedly.
Simon's images are done using Infrared Red photography styles. The images of the GErman Knight, the burial place OF Count Vlad Tepes are super. Simons descriptions of the legends, travels and places are well written and read beautifully.
This is a wonderful book for photography fans and ghost hunters alike.
10/10 from Me.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2005
I can't beleive no-one has reviewed this book.
Put your crappy life to one side and get lost in the heaving, living ruins and twisted, moving landscapes.
THIS BOOK IS PERFECT.
Stay off work and read it with a hot drink, or something.