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The Northumberland Coast Flexibound – 3 Jul 2014

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Product details

  • Flexibound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711236070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711236073
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 24.8 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Capturing the beauty of the Northumberland Coast is a challenge taken on by many photographers, but few do it so well as so well as acclaimed landscape specialist Joe Cornish. 

(Jane Coltman Northumberland Gazette)

Cornish's images of this unspoilt shore are full of subtle colour, atmospheric light and feathery textures. It's a book to gaze at and be transported by.

(Coast)

To bring this beauty to life takes a special eye and a brilliant talent. Thanks then to the photographer Joe Cornish. In fact, please take a bow Joe, for in your recent book you have brought together a glorious collection of photographic scenes that will surely move all of us who have a knowledge, however intimate or fleeting, of this gloriously remarkable coastline, and perhaps equally significantly, inspire those of you who have yet to appreciate its glorious temperament.

(Living North)

A well-crafted collection of images that capture Northumberland's special atmosphere as well as its many and varied charms.

(Amateur Photographer)

His photographic journey covers many subjects familiar to Northumbrian readers but it is given added dimension and impact by compositional perfection and quality of light.

(Northumbrian)

A fine example of the breed - few could do this type of photography better [3 stars]

(BBC Countryfile)

About the Author

JOE CORNISH is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest contemporary landscape photographers. He has lectured and exhibited in Britain and overseas, led workshops and written a number of successful books, including Scotland’s Coast and Scotland’s Mountains, both published by Aurum, and Joe Cornish: A Photographer at Work and First Light -both published under the Aurum photography imprint Argentum.


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Format: Hardcover
Those familiar with Joe Cornish's work are likely to have already read his previous titles First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art and Scotland's Coast: A Photographer's Journey.

First Light is a guide on how Joe approaches his photography. It includes photos from all over the world and has an extensive commentary on each photo explaining what was special about each location and how he's learned to improve over the years.

Scotland's Coast is less of guide to photography and more about what Joe finds inspirational about Scotland's Coast. Limiting himself to Scotland's 6,000 mile-long coastline over a short period of time the light is less than ideal on many photos, but you can still see the quality shine through, page after page.

With this book Joe limits himself even further - to just a 50 mile stretch of Northumberland's coastline. As a result the book is slimmer (128 pages) than the previous two (160 pages). The commentary is also significantly reduced, which is a great pity; the previous two books are packed with useful information about each location and his musings often increase the intensity of the emotional impact of each image.

So, with a reduction in size and commentary, is this book still worth buying? Undoubtedly - yes! Anyone familiar with this coastline will not fail to be astounded by the quality of images he has managed to collect from this tiny section (0.5%) of the UK's coastline. I thought I was familiar with Northumberland's coast, but having read this I realised I'd only scratched the surface.
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After having purchased 'First Light' and 'Scotlands Coast', a book based upon Northumberland I felt was going to be a hit. Joe is considered to be one of, if not, the best landscape photographer in Britain, and yet despite this 'tag' to his name, this book has left me feeling numb and bored.

The book is no where as descriptive as the others, with a few sections having more detailed text about the areas photographed than others. Otherwise the photographs have very minimal text if not, no text at all.

This really is a picture book in the sense of the words, and yet does not live up to the quality associated with it. Maybe more like 'coffee table book' would be better suited. I can see this book in doctors waiting rooms, rather than being kept carefully in someones photography book collection.

The photographs are printed on a relatively decent paper, however it is not up to the standard of other books. Clarity and sharpness are not quite as expected, and the images do not leap from the pages as with Joe's other books. This obviously is not down to Joe, however, the publishers Francis Lincoln could of achieved a better quality I am sure. This is probably down to the low selling price of the book, and maybe is not being aimed at photography buffs, but rather the general public?

This book doesn't cover camera techniques, filtration, composition etc etc so anyone desiring this will be disappointed, however there are a few pages at the back detailing camera and film choice only.

I don't think this book engages the viewer through the photographs, and many of them are, well, rather boring?
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Images taken by a Master Photographer in one of the most stunning places in the World. I have been to the locations in this book many times and whilst reading the book and looking at the images I imaging myself standing where the photograph was taken from. I have in the past taken some stunning images myself from these locations (it's hard not to take good images there) but new angles and advice on timing are always helpful. This book can be used for inspiration or just as a really good quality coffee table book to browse through. I cannot think of anything not to like about it.
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Those familiar with his work won't be in for any surprises here.
It's good stuff but, maybe because the subject matter isn't always as dramatic, not as inspiring as Scotland's Coast: A Photographer's Journey or his first book First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art.
In summary - very good but if you don't have the others, get them first.
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For anyone who has an interest in photography or a love of Northumberland this is the book for you.
Page after page of beautiful images of this unique area with its castles,seascapes and that special light,
Joe Cornish has captured it all.
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This stretch of coast has a wild feel to its entire 60-mile length, in spite of being so low-lying. This book captures the essence of it, reminding me of where I spent my early childhood before the War, and where I have been back to on holidays. In spite of the ease of access, there are places that few people ever get to see, several of which are among those photographed.
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