If you are looking for a book full of stunning photographs you cannot go wrong with one from National Geographic. Spectacle is celebration of the photographer’s eye. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (October 23, 2018)
An exquisite photo collection showcasing awe-inducing moments from around the world, including the aurora borealis, cities made of neon lights, a great wildebeest migration, a contortionist on display–and more.
In life, there are certain sights that are as beautiful as they are unforgettable–from a majestic supercell to the secrets of a deep blue ice cave to the world’s largest library. These fascinating spectacles shock us in their diversity, their complexity, and their epic scale, bringing us the miraculous beauty of our planet. Featuring more than 200 color images, including acclaimed photography from the National Geographic Image Collection, this volume presents a dazzling array of natural and manmade wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities. Each page will enlighten and inspire, presenting our world at its best.
About Mark Thiessen:
Mark Thiessen has been a photographer with National Geographic since 1990 and on staff since 1997. He is widely published in National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Adventure, and National Geographic Traveler. In 1996, Thiessen began a personal photography project on wildland firefighters that took him to the front lines of wildfires every summer. To better understand the world of this little-known subculture, he became a certified wildland firefighter. His photographs for the National Geographic cover story “Under Fire: Why the West Is Burning” earned first-place recognition by Pictures of the Year International. Thiessen also directs the National Geographic photo studio and was featured in Out There, a series aired on the National Geographic Channel. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Nothing more need be written. But I will. This is a truly stunning book from National Geographic. It’s the kind of book you want to keep out on your coffee table so you can have it available to page through at any given time. The title tells the tale – the book is a spectacle. It is full of photos that make you go wow.
It’s broken down into different sections; Chaos, Surprise, Beauty and Awe. The photos in each section relate to the titles tangentially. There is a caption explaining the photo but no superfluous words. You are meant to just enjoy the photos.
There are all manner of images in this substantial book from landscapes, to cityscapes to portraits to nature photography. Some are very straightforward others make you search for the subject and/or the meaning. All of them make you pause. There is one photo early in of hundreds of Christmas ornaments. At first glance you would think there was nothing special about a shop selling ornaments but as you look at it you are drawn in and it’s a truly fascinating photo. It’s one of my favorites.
Oh, there are Aurora photos. You know how I am about the Aurora.
I found this book to be an amazing respite from all of the things that I found overwhelming since I received it. Watching the news lately hasn’t exactly been happy times so when it was too much a bit of spin through Spectacle was just the antidote. Immersing myself in the beauty of these photographs took me away from all that was bothering me.
This book would make an awesome gift for anyone who loves photography. It’s a truly wonderful book that takes you away from the everyday into the world of Spectacle.