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Light on the Earth

Light on the Earth

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOR Christmas, Jack gave me a book and he couldn’t have chosen a nicer gift, particularly as the book in question contains an outstanding (and I don’t use the word lightly) collection of nature photographs – 170 images in all, by some of the world’s top photographic artists. It is, of course, Light on the Earth.

Each of the 170 images has been carefully selected from 20 years of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition which is run jointly by the BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum in London.

Consequently, you may already be familiar with some, or even all of the chosen images but don’t let this deter you. Because, in this instance, far from breeding contempt, familiarity simply enhances the overall impact.

For convenience, and as is usual with books of this nature (no pun intended!), Light on the Earth is divided into sections – a total of seven, each with an introductory essay by a world famous wildlife photographer or personality – Chris Packham and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, are just two examples.

And so we have Illuminations, Moments, Formations, Reflections, Connections, Compositions and Portraits, illustrated by (and for each, I’ve chosen one of my own personal favourites) Bear Ecstasy, Cool tigress, Volcanic sunrise, Moose at sunset, Touching noses, Foxglove tapestry and Fox in the sun.

Furthermore, each picture is accompanied by a caption which reveals the story and the artistry behind the creation. And as you would expect, the whole is beautifully presented and on paper of the very highest quality.

Light on the Earth is indeed, a lovely book, one that will appeal to anyone with an interest in nature, art and beauty. I’ll most certainly treasure mine. Thank you, Jack…..