The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
  • The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design
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The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design

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by Bruce W. Heinemann, Tim McNulty
     
 

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This revised edition of The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design comes almost sixteen years after the publication of its original edition. In the original book, photographer Bruce Heinemann and author Tim McNulty considered our relationship to nature, and how the perception of beauty informs and influences how we see ourselves in

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This revised edition of The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design comes almost sixteen years after the publication of its original edition. In the original book, photographer Bruce Heinemann and author Tim McNulty considered our relationship to nature, and how the perception of beauty informs and influences how we see ourselves in the natural order of things.

Since the publication of that first edition in 1992, our world and the way we live has evolved at a breathtaking pace. The most important and dramatic change has been the ever-increasing visible effects of human activity on our planet in the form of global warming. In his three essays, McNulty considers how our lifestyles and economic activities have impacted the natural and long-standing processes of our global ecosystem. His essays are as poetic and eloquent as they are insightful, as he asks us to contemplate how we might in our own lives make the choices necessary to live more in harmony with the earth’s natural processes.

While McNulty’s essays may prompt us to reevaluate our relationship to the natural world, Bruce Heinemann attracts our attention by presenting his striking images that bear witness to the richness and diversity of the natural landscape. His explorations lead him from the simple elemental designs of soft evening light on sand dunes to the complex abstract of colors, textures, and shapes of an arid wetland. His images, both subtle and grand, are an expression of the masterpiece, this living painting, that we call nature. If beauty is indeed the language of nature, his photographs speak clearly.

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Editorial Reviews

Gretchen Garner
If McNulty's text seems overfamiliar and tiresomely earnest (it enjoins again that we all be more careful stewards of the environment), this doesn't mean that the text isn't valid, but just that it isn't the reason for recommending this book. Certainly, McNulty does no harm to Heinemann's lovely landscape photographs, but it is these pictures that make the book. Shooting mainly in the West, where he lives, Heinemann works with long lenses for a compressed spatial effect. His greatest gift is as an old-fashioned colorist, coaxing beautiful harmonies from familiar wilderness scenes. His best efforts mix warm and cool hues (often in reflections) in rather abstract, formal designs. The book, with its large colorplates, is splendidly produced, although the picture editing could have been more rigorous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435113954
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/30/2009
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
11.26(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.03(d)

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