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Elements: The Landscape of Scotland Hardcover – 7 Jul 2004
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"...130-page compilation of striking black and white images ... captures the essence of Scotlands wild landscape and the timelessness of nature." -- The Scots Magazine, November 2004
"...stunning black and white photos both record and make a case for protecting our beautiful but fragile landscape...superb book..." -- The Sunday Post, August 22, 2004
"...the pictures have a biting sharpness that recalls an engravers line...a well planned book, good value for money..." -- John Muir Trust Journal, July 2004
'Beautiful, crisp photographs that capture Scotland's multifarious terrain perfectly.' -- Scottish Art News
Craig McMaster is one of Scotland's leading black and white photographers. In this unique collection of images, he captures the essence of Scotland's wild landscape and the magnificent timelessness of nature. Divided into three sections--Highland, Coastline and Woodland--Elements is aphotographic celebration of the stunning and diverse scenery of Scotland. McMaster's photographic art is testimony both to the awe-inspiring strength and the increasing fragility of our precious environment. Includes an Essay on the Land by the John Muir Trust and a Foreword by renowned Scottish artist, George Wylie.See all Product description
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Pin sharp, beautifully toned images,of the most beautiful wee country in the world.(Scotland, in case you were wondering).
Craig McMaster has produced a collection of photographs that make me want to stop being too lazy to get up in the morning, & get out in to the hills. I think anyone seeing these pictures will feel the same. In fact, where are my walking boots......
I've seen loads of books with Scottish landscape as the subject, and it's hard to go wrong. However, the range and precision in this collection is remarkable, and the monochromatic images have a surreal and abstract quality.
As the author writes in the introduction:
"The removal of colour from a familliar scene instantly introduces an abstract quality to the image - it forces us to use our imagination. In a black and white photograph, familiar scenes in nature are transformed into an elegant world of shapge, form, texture and light where our imagination is permitted to roam."
Spot on. I'm a rubbish photographer myself, but these pictures inspire you to get out there into the wilderness and take something back with you. I could look at them for hours, really.
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