Continuing the aerial photography that gave such visual command to his previous National Geographic titles, Through the Eyes of the Gods: An Aerial Vision of Africa and Through the Eyes of the Condor: An Aerial Vision of Latin America, Haas now trains his lenses on the regions that transect the Arctic Circle. His latest project yields stunning images that show not a "blinding storm of white" as one might think—but rather, a dramatic and surprising diversity of brilliant colors and unexpected subjects. Photographing over a three-year period, Haas captured imagery that reflects three key elements of the region: the arctic landforms, the iconic wildlife, and the footprint of man. This book strives for and succeeds in producing a visual record that will reshape our ideas of what the Arctic has to offer and why we should protect it.
|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Product dimensions:||11.30(w) x 15.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Robert B. Haas is the author and photographer of six photographic books. Since 2002, Haas has focused his artistic endeavors primarily on aerial photography, in an effort to capture the grandeur and mystique of Earth's continents from this unique perspective. His two previous photography books are among the most successful and widely distributed single-photographer books ever published by National Geographic. Haas's photographs have appeared in numerous publications and in exhibits around the world.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Robert B. Haas is a gifted artist who is so skilled in his chosen realm of aerial photography that he is able to focus the unspeakable grandeur of our planet with a conviction of spiritual conscience that it is almost impossible not to react emotionally to his images. In this book THROUGH THE EYES OF THE VIKINGS: AN AERIAL VISION OF THE ARCTIC LANDS he has captured the geometric abstractions of ice floes, vast expanses of frozen tundra, icebergs, imperious mountains, the junction of the sky becoming both water and land, while at the same time discovering herds of wildlife in flight or in grazing or simply as part of the landscape as it reveals its secrets to the exploring animals. He dallies with the jocular humor of the great whales spouting, with the order of polar bears in herds, the many animals of the various locations he shares in a manner that introduces the viewer to a world we are unable to view. Spending time with Haas' views of mists and dazzling sunlight and reflective snow and ice light draws us into a relationship with the arctic like few other photographers have been able to achieve. The consistency of his art is likely the reason National Geographic has assigned him this his sixth venture (his like books include 'A Vision of Africa' (1998), 'Predators' (2001), 'African Critters' (2002), 'Ten Days on the Chobe' (2002), and the other National Geographic publications 'Through the Eyes of the Gods--An Aerial Vision of Africa' (2005), and 'Through the Eyes of the Condor--An Aerial Vision of Latin America' (2007). After the initial splendor of Haas' work comes the startling but undeniable that these spaces, these miracles of nature are endangered by our current abuse of our planet. If ever there were a illustration to put before the Environmental Concerns committees this book serves that purpose. It is magnificent art and a reminder we must maintain what haas has shared. Grady Harp