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coming and going | book review

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coming and going by isabel minhós martins

coming and going by isabel minhós martins

℅ tate publishing

coming and going is a (childrens) book written by isabel minhós martins and illustrated by bernado carvalho.

it includes two things i’ve always been interested in: facts about animals and nature, and lots of colour. i would have loved this book as a child. at almost 30 now, i definitely do.

it shows how animals and humans travel the globe, and the essence of why. it’s certainly a book that makes you think about your place on this planet, and how you can be more aware of your (and THE) environment.
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norman parkinson: portraits in fashion | book review

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norman parkinson: portraits in fashion | book review

Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion – £14.97

norman parkinson is one of my favourite photographers. the way he uses body shape to strengthen and bring so much power to the composition of an image is quite unlike anything else. despite most of the images in this being black and white, from the colour photos you can tell he has a strong eye for colour, and has been especially drawn to red.

i never quite realised that fully until i looked though this book, actually. a lot of the images will have other colours, but they’ll be muted greys, beiges, blues ..and so often there’ll be a bit of red shining through from somewhere, whether that be a wash of lipstick, a hat, some flowers or a striking red dress.
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birds & words | book review

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charley harper's birds & words book review - cardboardcities » creative lifestyle blog

birds and words – £30

birds and words is a pretty apt title, because that’s exactly what this book is. lots of paintings of birds by charley harper, and alongside each one – some words about it. the book was originally published in 1974, so this edition is reproduced, with an introduction by todd oldham. it’s hardcover, 149 pages (on lovely, thick, quality paper) and alongside each bird residing on the right-hand page are some words on the opposite page.
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