Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Environmental Photography That Teaches with Beauty

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Environmental Photography That Teaches with Beauty

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Environmental Photography that Teaches with Beauty

David Blevins. North Carolina's Barrier Islands. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, March 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3249-0. $35.00. 200pp. 152 illustrations.

A beautiful collection of photographs of the natural world of North Carolina's Barrier Islands, with some brief and light descriptions of these scenes. This is a breath of fresh air after some of the heavier scholarly books I just finished. Sometimes pictures just make an observer feel good about the world, and this is the effect made here. The author and the photographer are one and the same, photo-ecologist David Blevins. The environmental angle is only lightly mentioned throughout rather than being pushed on the reader propagandistically. The beauty of nature argues for its own protection.

The book is elegantly designed, with a softsunset for a cover, a photo of distinctive sand inside the cover pages, two other abstract and descriptively beatific images on the title pages. Some of the interior pages have a different paper texture than others: this is a pretty tough challenge for a printer. A map of the region is uniquely drawn for the purposes of this book, rather than re-used from an archival version. Even the copyrights page is set against a blurred image of streaks in the sky, so pretty much every page has some innovative design elements on it. …

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