Primal Forces


David and Marc Muench examine the forces of nature in this breathtaking book. Every page reveals the awesome power of our planet and the primal forces that endlessly shape it.

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David and Marc Muench examine the forces of nature in this breathtaking book. Every page reveals the awesome power of our planet and the primal forces that endlessly shape it.

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Editorial Reviews

C. A. Boylan
David Muench and his son Marc can do more than simply admire nature's beauty. They can capture the majesty and raw power on film. Power Forces is an excellent representation of their talent as photographers. Each image is a masterpiece of nature as seen by well trained eyes.

This book is a fine study of landscape photography and will certainly be a source of creative inspiration for all.
Biologist Gilder provides the narration for this gallery of beautiful color photos taken by the Muenches (father and son). Organized around the theme of earth-air-fire-water, the photos feature geologic, biologic and atmospheric wonders such as Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona; the Olympic Peninsula's Hoh Rain Forest; Colorado National Monument; lightning in the Virgin Islands National Park; Iran's Central Elburz Mountains; and Hawaiian Volcanos National Park. Some photos are double or multiple exposures. Captions with thumbnail photos and photography notes are appended. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558685222
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: David Muench Signature Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 13.58 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Muench has been photographing America for more than 30 years.

Muench has made a career of capturing on film his emotional responses to his personal experiences.

Gilders is a photographer and author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Surreal Images of Primitive Forces that Shape Our World

    Unlike most books of natural photography, this one is filled with outstanding essays that explore the ancient beliefs, philosophical observations, and scientific knowledge that have evolved about the fundamental forces of earth, air, fire, and water. The landscapes are often reproduced with colored filters to give them an alien appearance, that makes the images seem stranger and more powerful. Double exposures help reinforce the theme of the compounding effects of these primal forces on one another. This book, as a result, becomes an interesting example of how photography can be used to extend our understanding of a subject rather than just show us examples or beauty. Very high quality paper and reproduction enhance the message's effectiveness. The book is in four primary sections, one each on 'earth,' 'air,' 'fire,' and 'water.' The essay on 'earth' deals with plate tectonics. 'Air' talks about atmospheric circulation, storms and how wind affects the land (especially through sandstorms). 'Fire' talks about volcanoes, forest fires, and the effect of fires on plant life. 'Water' explains about floods, ocean currents, tides, waves, and rivers. The images in each section capture many of the elements in the essays. In a final brief essay on 'The Living Earth' the Gaea Hypothesis is introduced, which is the idea that these forces interact in a way that balances out to keep life viable on the planet. My favorite images in the book included: Mount Assiniboine, British Columbia, Canada; Neon Canyon, Utah, USA; Navajo Sandstone, Arizona, USA; Redwood, California, USA; Mono Lake, California, USA; White Sands, New Mexico, USA; Haystack Rock, Oregon, USA; Littoral Cone, Hawaii, USA; Red Rock Crossing, Arizona, USA; Waimea Bay, Hawaii, USA; Milford Sound, New Zealand; and Neskowin Coastline, Oregon, USA; I also suggest that you try to find ways to visit these scenes. As wonderful as photographs are, the actual experiences can often be more emotional and fulfilling. Armed with your knowledge of the sites from the essays, you should be better able to appreciate the impact that these forces are having when you are next to them. Feel and act in accordance to the connections within nature! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution;

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    Posted December 7, 2008

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