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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Craig L. Howe (PointedPundit)
I count among my worst faults an insatiable appetite for knowledge and meeting people. It was only natural that I gravitated toward journalism. Since 1987 as the Principal Consultant … more
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