The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design

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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...

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Overview

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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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.
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Through its stunning color photography and lyrical prose, this book reveals the complexity, richness, and diversity of America's nature amid the familiarity of the everyday world. Each scene is one of extraordinary beauty, as subtle as a winding path through the woods, as dramatic as the canyons of the Southwest, as quiet as the snow on a Washington mountain peak, as close as our own backyards. Heinemmann's photography captures the "hidden" intricacies of nature, whether it be a breathtaking vista of the northern California coastline or a close-up of dew on fallen leaves. In his text, McNulty, a poet and conservationist, celebrates the astonishing details of nature so often missed and the value of taking the time to stop, absorb, and reflect upon nature's gifts. The book concludes with Heinemann's notes on techniques and equipment used in his photography. Contains 96 full-color plates. 13 1/2" x 11".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435113954
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

American landscape photographer, Bruce W. Heinemann, has photographed the landscape for more than thirty years. He is the photographer of the critically acclaimed best-selling book, The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design. He also authored and photographed a second bestselling book, A Guide to Photographing The Art of Nature. Both books were Book of the Month Club Feature Selections. His most recent publication is entitled The Nature of Wisdom.

His images have appeared in Sierra Magazine, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Alaska Airlines, and National Geographic, among others. Heinemann was a cinematographer and coproducer of a video entitled, The Art of Nature: Reflections on the Grand Design, based on his book, and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor, Tom Skerritt. It received The Gold Award at the 1996 Houston International Film Festival for best music video, and was broadcast on over 140 public television stations in the United States. He has photographed and published fine art corporate calendars for more than 20 years. His clients include businesses in the financial, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries to name but a few. His images are also included in corporate collections and other public and private institutions. He lives in the Palouse Hills near Spokane, Washington.

Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist, and nature writer. He is the author of two collections of poetry, In Blue Mountain Dusk and Pawtracks, and seven chapbooks, including Last Year’s Poverty, Reflfl ected Light, and most recently, Through High Still Air, A Season at Sourdough Mountain.

His award-winning books on nature include: The Art of Nature, Washington’s Wild Rivers, Olympic National Park: A Natural History, Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park and Grand Canyon: Window on the River of Time. McNulty has received the Washington Governor’s Writers Award and the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Beautiful, colorful photography

    This book has fabulous, colorful photographs of various nature scenes. As an artist, I use the book for inspiration for paintings and drawings. It would make a great 'coffee table' book or gift book.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

    The most beautiful collection of nature photos I have ever seen.

    I am an artist and bought this book for inspiration. The scenic nature photos are compelling and artistically excellent. I LOVE to just sit and page through this book over and over again.

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