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fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures | book review

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fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures | book review

a flower to be looked at | fashion photography

fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures* – ÂŁ39.95

 

fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures is a very striking book by eugénie shinkle who is a lecturer in photographic theory and criticism.

after the intro, the book delves right into things and shares (fashion) photography beginning in the 1860’s. the book is separated into decades, from the 1860’s to 1920’s, then in decades right up until the 2010’s. a variety of photographic styles is covered throughout, and i’m happy to see there are quite a few women photographers in here. a lot of art/photographic history books tend to leave out women, which is totally remiss as women are an important part of art/photography/general history and they more than deserve to be discussed and applauded.
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the little guide to butterflies & the little guide to leaves | book review

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the little guide to butterflies

The little guide to butterflies* – £7.99

The little guide to leaves* – £7.99

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if i saw these books in a bookshop, i’d pick them up purely based on the covers. since childhood, i’ve loved animal and nature based books, so that would keep me reeled in. and the kicker? the fantastic illustrations (by tom frost) inside, as well as the informative and interesting text.

they’re hard backed, lovely quality paper and the texture of the illustrations really stand out. easily the kind of books you’d be tempted to buy second copies of so you could frame the images as prints. each book is 96 pages long so they feel nice and substantial, without being overwhelming.
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creative pep talk: inspiration from 50 artists | book review

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creative pep talk by andy j miller

creative pep talk* – ÂŁ12.99

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firstly if you haven’t heard of the creative pep talk podcast, from which this book originated, i highly recommend you check it out. also, a few years back i did an interview with andy which you could have a read of too.

onto the book! creative pep talk is basically a visual representation of the podcast, one which you can pick up any time to look and be inspired, motivated or distracted by. like pretty much everything andy does its full of colour and love and wants to help you be the best you can be.
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encyclopedia of rainbows | book review

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encyclopedia of rainbows book review

encyclopedia of rainbows* – ÂŁ11.99

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as might be obvious, encyclopedia of rainbows is pretty much my dream kind of book. so, i knew i would love it from a visual point of view, but little extras just make it that bit better than expected.

if you follow @hey_jules_studio on instagram you might recognise some of these photos. that’s because this is her book! taking from its title, this is a bit more than just a book of wonderful rainbow things arranged neatly. opposite each page of items, at the top, is a small but handy numbered chart, and each number corresponds to the items. they detail what’s in the photos, for example, names of butterflies and insects and plants; flavours of sweets and other foods to toys, books and much more. in some cases, such as the natural things, even the latin name is included. genuinely useful as well as just looking good!
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