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Poinsard: Tropical Blend (Daab Photo Book) Hardcover – 30 Aug 2005
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If you are looking for inspirational photography - look some place else.
If you are looking for creative ideas - may be.
If you are looking for erotic effect - look some place else :)
I bought it because I loved the way they described it on Poinsard's web - good marketeer is important nowadays!
P.S. I am a lady who really admires the beauty of woman's body (painting, photography & inspiration for a good work out in the gym), BUT in the whole book I liked maximum three photos (including the cover)
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True to the title, the book is a blend. While the lion's share of the photographs are exquisitely realized nudes and semi-nudes, the oft-overlooked but essential trappings of the tropical fantasy Poinsard is constructing are also given their due. The brilliantly hued throat of an exotic flower which instantly fills up your head with its fragrance, the glistening body of a freshly opened oyster that you easily imagine slithering delightfully across your tongue—it is these details and their interplay with the remainder of the images in form, color, and metaphor which elevate Poinsard's book from the merely slick to the polished.
Starting from the great cover shot and continuing through almost every page inside, this collection shows off perfect shots one right after another like a machine gun. This work is clearly heavily fashion influenced and is very contemporary: this work is typical in the sense that you can see pictures like these in many top-end fashion rags, but here you have the added bonus of nudity. That typicalness is the one short coming in this collection, but there are indications that this guy is making his own mark on the subject and if that aspect grows he could be the next Andreas Bitesnich. This is an excellent book, extremely well laid-out, the quality of the paper and the printing are excellent, the size is big and bold (nice!), and the book feels like quality. I'd have liked to see more pages. But 140 isn't too bad.
So great photography, great production quality, and let's mention the subjects. His choices in models are excellent. All these beautiful, youthful fashion girls with waif-like bodies. Very nice.
So why the 4 Stars and not 5? As I mentioned the work is typical of it's genre. There are a lot of photographers whose work is also excellent and also looks a lot like this. That said, Poinsard clearly has >>something<< that is "him" and I'd like to see him define that further in his next book. Also the price could be a bit lower considering there are just 140 pages in this book. Not highly overpriced, but a bit too expensive for this size. Those two factors are enough to take away one star.
But this is still a great book and well worth having. You won't regret this purchase if you like trendy-sexy-cool photography of beautiful girls.