Alex Nail’s ‘Northwest’ and Norman McCloskey’s ‘Beara’
So these two gentlemen are responsible for breaking my no more books (at the moment) rule and quite frankly I’m glad they did.
I’m not going to go into great detail about the books, I’m just going to say that the underlying theme is ‘passion’, passion for an area, passion for the landscape and passion for landscape photography.
Recently there’s been a little too many moments of chest beating from those that mock and question landscape photographers who go out into the landscape and make, shall we say, for want of a better phrase, regular images. The images and words in these books don’t carry a hidden message or are asking you to think deeply about life the universe and everything, they are celebrating the landscape, for some of us, that is enough, a beautiful landscape or a part of that landscape.
Both of these books are self-published and in this day and age that’s a hell of a risk, as well as an awful lot of work. Alex and Norman really must be commended for this as both books are not only aesthetically pleasing from the moment you view their understated covers but once you open them up and explore the images you are rewarded with some very fine landscape photography of quite stunning countryside.
Over the past few years I have come to love the part of the country that Alex has photographed for ‘Northwest’, it truly pains me that the area is so far away from me and when I see pictures of this quality of an area I love, well, I’m sure I get something in the corner of my eye!!! I cannot give the book a better compliment than that.
Norman’s book simply makes me want to visit the area he photographs so well, again, it’s a simple compliment but I’m a man of simple words, it’s a lovely book.
I’m not going to put lots of examples of pictures from the books on here as I think they should be discovered for one’s self.
Alex, Norman, well done, and to whoever looks at this, please consider a purchase of these books, you will not be disappointed. Links below to Alex and Norman’s websites: