BOOK REVIEWS: A Lifelong Obsession with Nature; Rainforest, A Photographic Journey by Thomas Marent Published by Dorling Kindersley in Association with the Rainforest Foundation and Reviewed by Andrew Martin
Byline: reviewed by Andrew Martin
The wonders of the natural world can be breath-taking - the sheer size of a blue whale in the ocean, the majesty of a tiger in the jungle and the spectacle of an African wildebeast migration - but it is often the slices of nature which are normally hidden from view which can be the most beautiful and awe-inspiring as Thomas Marent superbly demonstrates in his photographic journey through the rainforests of the world.
Over 16 years in the making, the book saw Marent travelling across five continents and dedicating half his life to capturing the astonishing variety and fascinating behaviour of rainforest life - from flesh-eating army ants and poisonous frogs to the vast colonies of multi-colour
butterflies that flutter high in the canopy.
The result is a 350-page book, published in association with The Rainforest Foundation, packed from cover to cover with photographs and descriptions of the birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, spiders and plants Marent met along the way
Born in Switzerland in 1966, as a child Marent was fascinated by the birds and butterflies in the mountains around his home. He captured wildlife images with his first camera aged 16, and began a lifelong obsession with the natural world.
Thomas' fascination with the rainforest began in 1989, when he first visited the tropical regions of Northern Australia. He shot wildlife as a hobby, living in his parents' home and working in the summer as a biologist in order to afford his passion for travel. After occasionally showing his slides to friends, he was persuaded to take photography seriously and it soon became a consuming career.
Rainforests are the most complex, productive, dynamic and diverse places on Earth. …