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This spectacular visual journey captures some of the most breathtaking photos – portraits, animals, landscapes, seascapes, nature, etc. – from National Geographic's famed collection of images. Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths selected the images to reflect the many variations of the universal theme of beauty. In miniature, the chapters are grouped around the aesthetic concepts that create beauty in a photograph: light, composition, moment (gesture and emotion), movement, palette and wonder.
Beyond the introduction and short essays on every concept presented, the text is light. The photographs speak for themselves, reinforced by lyric quotations from scholars and poets. In the chapter on light, for example, we read these words of the bizarre wisdom of songwriter Leonard Cohen: "Ring the bells that can still ring, forget about your perfect offer, there's a crack in everything, so the lights come in." And then flow the images, the light penetrating through windows, clouds and spotlights into the scenery, from above, beside and behind, radiates young ballerinas and weathered men, in groves of autumn trees and island oceans, revealing everything that touches them to be beautiful to be the expectations.
To illustrate the theme of Wonder, Griffiths chose a request from Andre Bazin: "If I had influence on the fairy godmother … I should ask that her gift to every child in the world is such an indestructible miracle that it Consistent throughout life. "This idea is compared to an exquisite vision in white, a frame filled with the snowy points and rays of a bird's fan. And on it goes, picture after tempting picture, alive with wondrous beauty.
When she created National Geographic Simply beautiful photos, Annie Griffiths has two goals: to maximize visual enjoyment and to create a book that is unique in the publishing world – a book in which many of the photographs can be purchased as prints. She has been successful on both counts. Many of these stunning images are available to order, and there is no doubt about the visual delight. You must open this book for yourself and enjoy its radiant beauty.