If you buy this stunning book you'll have to consider (only for a few seconds though) where you'll keep it because the photos are 14.5 inches wide by 10 deep which is an impressive size for an admittedly large subject and printed in 200dpi helps.
The editorial format is quite interesting with the first five landscapes, as you would expect, looking down on the Scottish and English countryside but by photo six John Davies concentrates on man-made Britain and in particular the industrial Midlands and North. Fortunately nearly all the photos are taken from a higher vantage point, which gives plenty of scope to show masses of detail layered off to the horizon.
These photos are definitely not the conventional landscape Britain but the gritty city, energy producing and manufacturing part of the Nation. The front cover shot of the Salford power station cooling towers sum up Davies' style because as well as the four huge structures there is a football match in progress in the foreground. Nicely many of the photos show people in the landscape, working, walking, talking or just kids playing.
This book is a remarkable landscape view of contemporary Britain made all the more powerful because of the large image size. Another reason I like the book is because all the photos have detailed captions with plenty of historical detail. So many photobooks these days seem reluctant to give the viewer any information other than a picture on a page.
The images in this book make one see the apparently familiar in a completely new light. Davies leads one to a new vision, perhaps one that one may have glimpsed before, but not with such clarity and integrity. Pigeonholed, he is a landscape photographer. But these images of land, city and industrial 'scapes are not only beautiful but cumulatively and, then now with a new eye, going back individually they are revelatory.
This is a subtle and superb collection of urban landscapes. The very large format of the book, and perfect printing really allows the space and quality that these images deserve. You can really look into the photographs and enjoy them. A wonderful book.