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5.0 out of 5 stars the amazing photography of Max Milligan with expert text, 18 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Circles of Stone (Hardcover)
Here is my first impression of the book: Wow! I can see how some people got the idea that this book was an update of Burl's 1976 'Stone Circles of the British Isles'. It covers seventy sites in 230 pages and it's no coffee table book. Each circle has an outline plan and most sites have three or four photos giving Milligan the chance to pick interesting angles and individual stones. This is a philosophy I have tried to follow on the web where photos are almost free, but your average book shows one rather boring overall view of each site if you're lucky.
This, and things like the super-strokeable front and end-papers are why this book costs what it does. Milligan is described as one of Britain's most exciting new photographers, and he tackles the subject with energy. Commendably, he uses no ghastly graduated filters or other such fiddles. It hardly needs saying that Burl's lucid text and pithy wit are a pleasure, as always. There's even a 'carved head' from the Ring of Brodgar (frost action says Aubrey).
It's unusual in that there are no maps, and the circles are in order of date and name. Perhaps it's trying to steer away from being thought of as a guide book. Stirring the sites together like this makes for a fresh approach, and gives me the urge to reach again into the sack of reviewer's clichés and use the word juxtaposition. Apparently Circles of Stone was delayed three months from a July launch because the photography didn't come out 100% first time. This fanatic attention to quality is apparent throughout, and is doubtless why the Dr Burl was approached to write the text. Step aside Julian Cope, suddenly your holiday snaps look rather sad. I've run out of stars: 5/5!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast with expert succinct text - Excellent!!, 12 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Circles of Stone (Hardcover)
I bought this book having been bowled over by Max Milligan's photography in 'Realm of the Incas'. Rarely do colour pictures capture the subtleties of Black and White photographs, and yet with nearly all his prints, texture and light are as important as the overall structure. For a snapper like me, his books teach you as much about photography as the fascinating subject matters chosen. Aubrey Burl, who I understand is THE authority on Stone Circles, manages to keep the information lively and readable. A really great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & fascinating, 4 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Circles of Stone (Hardcover)
Some absolutely stunning photos of what amounts to a bunch of old rocks. Max Milligan brings alive whole landscapes and initmate portraits of what is an overlooked aspect of our history. The introduction probably provides the most interesting text with much but not all of the remainder accompanying the photos more useful as a guide. As a previous reviewer notes the images seem to have been taken at all times of the day; this reminds us that people built these stones in the way they did to align with the sun and or the moon. Bravo! An intelligent and beautiful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb overview, beautifully presented. Grid refs useful, 13 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Circles of Stone (Hardcover)
Stunning quality of both photographs and information. Apparently shot in every season, weather and time of day, including beautiful long exposures under the full moon. I particularly liked the idea of including grid references for these facinating sites. We intend to visit many!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb coffee table glossy full of good colour photographs, 2 Oct 1999
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More of a flashy reference guide with the photographs outclassing the text, offering only brief descriptions of sites.
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