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Andy Rouse Evolves

  • Aug 26, 2010
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The Pointed Pundit has spent the past week savoring the images in Andy Rouse's new book, Living Landscapes. 

Like most artists, Andy's work continues to evolve. In some ways, I am not sure it is for the better. In his previous book, Concepts of Nature, Andy used the light to make spectacular portraits of animals in the wild. His current effort attempts to go beyond that, seeking to capture the relationships between those animals and their ecosystems. 

There can be no question that Andy is talented. Whether it is a land iguana's eye or a masked booby chick sitting on its nest, Andy captures the symmetry and power of nature with the eye of an artist. Yet his attempt to portray his wildlife's environment, in my eye, causes his images to lose some their poignancy. 

The book is organized around several themed portfolios. In "Habitat" he seeks to capture the relationship between creatures and their surroundings. In "Patterns" he explores abstraction using a stunning collection of photographs. 

The copy in this book is a huge improvement. Concepts of Nature suffered from a disgraceful lack of editing. Not so with his newest book. The written images in Living Landscapes are worthy of the photographs they accompany. 

Andy Rouse is talented. As he evolves, the Pointed Pundit hopes he does not let his conservationist heart overpower his ability to make awe-inspiring wildlife portraits.

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August 26, 2010
Sounds like a beautiful book designed to be savored over and over. Nice review.
 
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Wildlife photographer Rouse is a prominent presence on television and in print (including National Geographic) whose previous books include the stunning Concepts of Nature. Through years of field expeditions, Rouse has become a naturalist as well as an artist; having grown less interested in wildlife portraits, Rouse now focuses on the everyday activity of wildlife. From a polar bear roaring into a storm to the astounding Picasso-like formations of starling flocks, this volumecaptures the ecological landscape of which animals are just a part: a distance shot of a Bengal tiger reclining in a temple ruin overrun by jungle captures the jungle cat in intimate relation to its place and time. Some images feature a sharply-focused animal against a time-lapsed background: a crouching lioness amidst blowing tree branches, a Sally Lightfoot crab enveloped in surf, the cascading motion of birds in flight. Rouse's captions illuminate not just his photographic technique, but his ecological concerns; he also provides sound photographic advice throughout. Non-photographers will enjoy the artwork, and nature-lovers should be riveted.
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ISBN-10: 1902538560
ISBN-13: 978-1902538563
Author: Andy Rouse
Publisher: Aurum Press

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