No photographer turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting, whose remarkable Jungles represents two decades of work. Often heightening the animal kingdom's own visual flair, Lanting shows how, in closeup, a toucan's head becomes an abstract composition of circles and stripes. Most extraordinary of all, perhaps, is a photograph of macaws over a Peruvian river. Lanting shoots from a scaffold a hundred feet above the yellow-brown waters, and in the resulting image the birds no longer even seem three-dimensional, but look more like a design on a Japanese screen.(Leo Carey)
Junglesby Christine Eckstrom (Editor), Frans Lanting
"Jungles" is a celebration of the patterns of life in the tropics by master photographer, storyteller, and naturalist Frans Lanting. In a glorious portfolio of images made over a period of twenty years in jungles from the lowlands of the Congo to the cloud forests of the Amazon, Frans Lanting interprets the aesthetic splender and the astonishing natural
"Jungles" is a celebration of the patterns of life in the tropics by master photographer, storyteller, and naturalist Frans Lanting. In a glorious portfolio of images made over a period of twenty years in jungles from the lowlands of the Congo to the cloud forests of the Amazon, Frans Lanting interprets the aesthetic splender and the astonishing natural realm of the tropics. His provocative images represent a personal vision of the emerald worlds that shelter the ultimate expression of life on personal vision of the emerald worlds that shelter the ultimate expression of life on earth. Through images and words, Lanting takes readers on a dazzling journey into a realm of bewildering complexity, where nothing is the way it first appears. In photographs that range from spectacular gatherings of rainbow-colored macaws to the misty exudations of a forest at dawn, he evokes the luscious sensuality and intricate natural order of the tropics. His stories chronicle a series of rugged expeditions into remote tropical wilderness areas, from the otherwordly island continent of Madagascar to the soaring mountains of Borneo, to capture the mesmerising beauty and eerie fascination of nature at its most fantastic.
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Lanting is one of the world's leading nature photographers.
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'I . . . show jungles in their natural spendor, and their animal inhabitants with the dignity they deserve.' 'I want to show what is at stake . . . .' 'It is about the feeling of the forest rather than the science of it.' -- Frans Lanting This book contains some of the most stunning jungle photography that it has been my pleasure to see. The images contain amazing contrasts between breathtaking vistas and intricate close-ups. The contrasts continue with great use of both stillness and motion. In some cases, very fast exposures capture images that you could never see in real time with the human eye. In all these scenes, you will see incredible detail that will impress you with nature's richness. Mr. Lanting's view is that only by knowing the jungle, can people want to save it. The whole book is designed to serve a conservationist's purpose. You and I could spend a lifetime in the jungle and probably not see a quarter of the stunning images that are here. These photographs are the result of 20 years worth of work in trying conditions all around the world. The photographs are grouped into four sections to emphasize elements of the jungle. 'Water and Light' looks at the interplay of these elements with plant and animal life. 'Color and Camouflage' looks at the contrasting needs to hide and desire to be seen for procreative purposes. 'Anarchy and Order' surveys impressions of growth and movement. 'Form and Evolution' shows many wonders of natural selection. My favorites include the following: Victoria's Crowned Pigeon; Raindrops on Leaf, Peru; Rainforest Sunrise, Borneo; Fern, Borneo; Waterfalls, Brazil; Swimming Snake, Madagascar; Palm Savannah, Brazil; Great Argus Pheasant Plumage; Nightjar, Belize; Lichen Katydid, Borneo; Scarlet Ibis Bathing; Urania Moth, Peru; Proboscis Monkey, Borneo; Mount Kinabalu, Borneo; Pitcher Plant Growth, Borneo; Chameleon, Madagascar; Tree Ferns, Australia; and Butterflies on Sneaker, Peru. After you finish enjoying these marvelous color reveries of the natural world, I suggest you think about how you can help save the jungles. They offer practical benefits (like providing biological diversity, places where life-saving drugs can be found, and offsetting the carbon dioxide build-up) as well as aesthetic ones that we all should take seriously. If you can afford a donation, do that. If you can donate your time, do that. If you can help inform someone else to help, that's a wonderful thing to do as well. Walk and act in beauty! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
As a photographer, I always know when I see a great book. Jungles is a vivid book that deserves lavish respect. The pictures seem alive as you enjoy every photo in a unique way. All in all, a great photo book!