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Beach Hardcover – 18 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871556
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,471,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Artist Josie Iselin is the author of four previous books of found natural objects. She creates her imagery by creating still-lifes using a flatbed scanner. She has taught at the California College of Arts (CCA). Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area-at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, and SF Camerawork, among others.

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I find this book inspiring and captivating and one I keep returning to. The collections of beach objects are artistically selected, assembled and laid out, the shapes and textures are incredibly satisfying. If you're not already a beachcomber this book will open your eyes to a world of pebbles, shells, seaweed, tumbled glass and wood. Even man-made metal and plastic items out of their normal context take on a strange new beauty. Above all this book encourages you to really look at the things around you, and because of that it is a book that keeps on giving. I've made a gift of this several times and keep a copy by my bed and dip into it for a visual treat from time to time. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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I've been a beach comber for at least half my life, but it never occurred to me that there'd be books about it out there. I received this one for my birthday, at the end of 2011, and soon became fascinated. My only regret is that it doesn't carry on forever... The photographs are fantastic, the writing thoughtful and dotted with interesting bits and bobs of knowledge, whether scientific or experiential, and the book overall feels solid, elegant, pure joy. I can't wait to get something else by the same author, who must be a kindred spirit!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bb7ec84) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba9e6e4) out of 5 stars Exquisite! 2 May 2010
By S. ONEILL - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exquisitely designed, and indeed "a book of treasure." Josie's prose, both personal and scientific, is the perfect balance in guiding you through her one-of-kind flatbed scanner technique photographs, which are simply gorgeous. If you are a beach lover you NEED this book. It is vividly inspiring and a page-turner in every way, to be savored and shared.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c54821c) out of 5 stars Makes you want to look closer at what surrounds you 21 Sept. 2010
By R. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
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I think that everyone has been a beachcomber sometime in their lives. We look for clam shells, scallop shells, and more clam shells - at least I have. I came across this book while my wife and I were pretending to be rich in Newport this past summer (got it much cheaper on Amazon) and have been beachcombing with absolutely new eyes ever since. It's amazing what cool things you can find in the sand, though none as cool as those in the photos of this book - great page layout doesn't hurt either.
Ever so quietly, the author has jotted down her thoughts about what she has collected and photographed on each page. Because this insightful writing is so understated, there is plenty of room for the viewer to ponder and reflect on their own as they journey through those same pages. This is a must-have, not-too-big coffee table book.
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HASH(0x9c548120) out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 9 Aug. 2010
By LucyVP - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book is like spending the day at the beach! This book is a treasure....beautiful pictures and great writing. Love it!
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HASH(0x9bd23630) out of 5 stars Beach: A Book of Treasures. 16 April 2011
By Ann Whittenberger - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who love the sea this is a wonderful book, and for those who aren't sure, they will be sold. Beautifully, beautifully done.
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HASH(0x9bd2366c) out of 5 stars Awesome photos 8 July 2013
By virginia robert - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the beautiful photos of treasures from the sea. I have been a beachcomber since I was a child and every shell and piece of sea glass is a piece of art. This book shows the same passion for the sea that I have.
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