Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America's National Parks (英語) ハードカバー – 2019/8/1
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In this updated and expanded edition of Treasured Lands: APhotographic Odyssey Through America's National Parks, photographer QTLuong pays tribute to the millions of acres of protected wildernessand historical heritage in our country's 61 national parks.
Luong,who is featured in Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan's documentary TheNational Parks: America's Best Idea, is one the most prolificphotographers working in the national parks and the only one to havemade large-format photographs in each of them. In an odyssey thatspanned more than a quarter century and 300 visits, Luong focused hislenses on iconic landscapes and rarely seen remote views, presentinghis journey in this sumptuous array of more than 600 breathtakingimages.
Accompanying the collection of scenic masterpieces is aguide that includes maps of each park, as well as extended captionsthat detail where and how the photographs were made. Designed toinspire visitors to connect with the parks and invite photographers tore-create these landscapes, the guide also provides anecdotalobservations that give context to the pictures and convey the sheerscope of Luong's extraordinary odyssey.
Including a foreword byauthor and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan, Treasured Lands is arich visual tour of the U.S. National Parks and an invaluable guidefrom a photographer who hiked-or paddled, dived, skied, snowshoed, andclimbed-each park, shooting in all kinds of terrain, in all seasons,and at all times of day. QT Luong's timeless gallery of the nation'smost revered landscapes beckons to nature lovers, armchair travelers,and photography enthusiasts alike, keeping America's natural wonderswithin reach.
QT Luong is an award-winning photographer, author, and environmentalist known for being the first to photograph all 61 U.S. National Parksin large format. He has been the subject of many magazine and newspaper articles, and was featured in the PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea". Luong's photographs have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world, as well as solo gallery and museum exhibits across America. QT lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and two children.
Dayton Duncan, author and documentary filmmaker, wrote and co-produced, with Ken Burns, The National Parks: Americas Best Idea, for which he won two Emmy Awards and was named honorary park ranger by the director of the National Park Service. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Heritage magazine, the Old Farmer's Almanac, and many other publications. He is the author of twelve books and has collaborated on Ken Burnss films for twenty years as a writer, producer, and consultant. Dayton lives in Walpole, NH with his family.
There are more great pictures than in any other book, generally printed big on a full page. They are amazing as you'd expect from a celebrated photographer who has worked for the last quarter-century in the National Parks, visiting each of them five times on average to capture the best light and seasons. They are carefully selected to let you discover not only the diversity of the National Parks as a whole, but also the diversity within each of the National Parks. The author illustrates the lesser-known National Parks, often passed over in other books, with at least five pictures. He introduces each National Park very well by pointing out the natural history facts that make it unique.
A few coffee-table books in my collection contain equally great photography, but after feeling inspired to visit the places pictured, I often found myself perplexed about their locations. Some of those books do not even include captions. By contrast, for each picture, Treasured Lands provides at least a paragraph identifying the location and how to get there, and also frequently explains how the author got the picture - like following a master photographer and looking behind his shoulder. This is a feature that I have not seen in any other National Park book.
There is more first-hand information than in any other photography book. Given how unobtrusive the text is, at first I didn’t realize its extent, which is the equal of a guidebook. Treasured Lands rewards a careful repeated reading if you are inclined so, but otherwise you could spend hours just thumbing through the amazing pictures. I have only two (small) reservations. First, the information is printed with a tiny font hard on my aging eyes. Second, it is so useful for planning that I would have loved to take it along on my trips, but Treasured Lands being such a lavish coffee-table book, I am not sure I want to toss it in my truck!
Finally, the value. I do not understand how an obscure publisher can offer the book at this price, since they do not have the economies of scale of the likes of National Geographic - and by the way, Treasured Lands easily outclasses any of the National Geographic efforts on this topic. You may think it is expensive, but when compared with the other books I own, Treasured Lands offers at least twice as much contents, of higher quality, for not much more money. I would have paid twice as much for what is the definitive work on the National Parks. It is a massive tome, almost 8 lbs, gorgeously designed and printed. All my friends were mightily impressed. I plan to give out many this holiday!
The Short Version: STUNNING – BUY IT! Buy a copy for yourself and buy copies as gifts!
The Long Version: This is a stunning book. “Treasured Lands” is not just a stunning book of photographs of scenery within our National Parks; it is a book that I find stunning from every aspect from which I have looked at it.
The photography is excellent, and the author has spent a large part of his adult life taking superb photos in every single National Park of the United States. Here you will find images of sweeping scenery and of intimate locations that you might walk past if you were not paying attention. Here you will find images from locations in parks like Yellowstone that are on the bucket lists of many, many people, and images from locations like the National Park of American Samoa that distance means most of us will never visit. Here you will find images from iconic locations within familiar parks, and images from almost unknown jewel-like scenes within the same parks.
But “Treasured Lands” is much more than that. The author has provided maps to help you find the locations within the parks from which the photos were taken, and descriptions of how to get to those locations. Many photos talk about the time of day that was needed to capture the image. None of this is unique, and I have books of excellent photos from places like Yosemite that do the same thing in even greater depth – for THAT specific park. But none of those books have done the same thing for *every single National Park in the United States*! This book is 457 pages long, which allows the author to cover the parks in greater depth than any of the other multi-park books that I have seen.
But all of this still does not begin to do justice to “Treasured Lands”. The text that accompanies the photos also provides the reader with a rich experience in other regards. If you want to know more about a given park, information is there - in clear and useful text. With text that ranges from the eco-system of Olympia to the geology of Bryce, you will end up with no excuse for saying, “I’m not sure if I will find anything interesting other than pretty scenery if I go to that particular park”.
Another area that I found stunning was the sheer value of the book. I have other books of landscape and other photography that are a fraction the size of “Treasured Lands”, for which I paid comparable prices – or more – and felt were good value. The content is superb, and the production values of the book are excellent. FWIW, I am putting my money where my mouth is – I have already ordered three additional copies from the author – all autographed.
My comments above probably make me sound like one of the “fanboys” about which snide remarks are frequently made on the web these days. I am 76 years old (and a fan of the National Parks), so I don’t think that any form of the word “boy” other than “old” is applicable to me. However, I will add that when I look at the glowing endorsement on the book cover that Ken Burns has given QT Luong and “Treasured Lands”, I feel comfortable in believing that my opinion still has validity.