Landscapes of the Spirit - Hardcover Print Edition
by William Neill
Bulfinch Press, 1997
Original First Edition
$125.00 USD 9.5 x 10.5 inches Hardbound.
120 pages, 72 Photographs
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|What others are saying:
“William Neill is one of America's leading
fine art landscape photographers. I personally find his work
to be some of the most compelling that I have seen. His 1997 book Landscapes
of the Spirit is an important and beautiful work, but unfortunately
has been out of print for years."
"Like many photographers I enjoy viewing and learning from the work
of others. About 10 years ago I came across Bill Neill's Landscapes
of the Spirit, and knew that I had found the work of a kindred spirit…
Over the years since I have frequently recommended this book to
students and other photographers looking for inspiration."
The Luminous Landscape
Great e-Book… This is really a bargain for seeing some
wonderful nature photography that will inspire you both in terms of
the photography and Bill’s sensitivity to the natural world"
Sheppard, Editor at Large
Outdoor Photographer Magazine
"This book is a feast for your eyes."
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BOOK FROM ORIGINAL BOOK JACKET:
In this extraordinary collection of images from nearly 15 years of work,
photographer William Neill reveals a clarity of vision and depth of emotional
expression rare among landscape photographers. From within these 72 images--splendid
vistas, intimate details of branch and moss, glimpses of order within
nature's chaos--radiates a sense of serenity and peace, as well as an
affirmation of the human spirit and its place within the natural world.
"Seeing and feeling beauty is more vital
to me than any resulting imagery," writes Neill in his introduction, describing
the personal journey that impelled him toward a life in photography. Considering
not only light and composition, but emotion, to be essential ingredients
of successful images, he seeks the artistic and spiritual truth that emerges
from his subjects. This dazzling collection of photographs displays the
full range of light and shadow, grandeur and detail, and intimacy and
mystery allowed by camera, film, and ink on paper. Whether capturing Big
Sur surf at twilight, the abstraction of lichen on a tree trunk in Maine,
or an ephemeral spray of dogwood blossoms against a wintry Yosemite backdrop,
Neill invites the viewer to contemplate scenes of immense beauty emotional
Introducing each of the portfolios of images is a selection of texts by
writers from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Rachel Carson to Wendell Berry, Annie
Dillard, Terry Tempest Williams, and others.
Echoing Neill's guiding philosophy, photographer Paul Caponigro writes,
"Through this work it [is] possible, if only for brief moments, to sense
the thread which holds all things together." With unfailing eloquence,
each contributor underscores the significance of our vital, healing bond
Filled with insights and essential truths,
text and images together form a powerful testament to the restorative
qualities of wild nature. Landscapes of the Spirit is a magnificent
and powerful celebration of the beauty of nature and the unique vision
of one of today's most talented photographers.
At the back of my book, I have included a Photographic Notes section especially
for photographers with technical info about the equipment I used, and
individual notes about the creation of each image. Every photograph is
annotated with a brief essay about the mood, location, weather conditions,
lighting or artistic intent that I hope will help you better understand
my creative process.