Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography. Show all posts

Friday, May 31, 2019

American Carnival by David Skernick

I am a huge fan of photography books. I love taking photo's and I love looking at pictures. There is so much beauty in pictures. This book is filled with photos from fairs, carnivals, and festivals all over the United States. There are some black and white photos but most are very vibrant color photos. If you have ever been to a fair you know from the paint used on the booths and the rides and the neon lights are all bright and vibrant colors. These photos bring these beautiful colors into the palm of your hand through the photos. There are pictures of the booths, the rides, the people and so much more. Each photo tells you where it was taken and tells you something about a lot of the photos. The book is fun all but the snake page. It is an uplift to your spirits, you can almost smell the funnel cakes and popcorn. You can almost hear the shrieks coming from the rides. David Skernick has done an amazing job with this book. I can flip through the pages over and over again.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via and chose to leave this review.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bob Langrish’s World of Horses by Bob Langrish

Horse's are beautiful animals. I loved this book and the beauty Bob Langrish has brought out in it. He traveled to 6 continents to make this this amazing book. He shows the horses in all different settings, different colors, different breeds, different ages, and has truly brought out the beauty or these animals. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed the photos in this book.

If you love horses this book is for you.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via and chose to leave this review.

People Kissing by Barbara Levine and Paige Raimey

For every romantic hearted person out there this book is for you. There are a centuries worth of photo's of people kissing. These are taken from old photo's, postcards, and more. Some of taken in odd situations, some are very comical. But either way this book brought a smile to my face, and images in my head of my husband and I not just kissing in our home but also being the characters in the photo's

I love photography books and the subject matter of this one made it one of my top reads this year.

Thanks Netgalley for letting me read this book.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Montauk 11954 by Carissa Pelleteri

I would love to be able to pack my bags and travel on a whim, but I like most others cannot. SO I am an armchair traveler. Whether it be through Youtube, television, or my favorite books, I get to travel the world and learn about new places and see the good the bad and the ugly of these places. With Montauk 11954 I really seen no ugly and all beauty. This books features over 100 beautiful photos of Montauk. Montauk is on Long Islands south shore and is a get away spot for people in New York as well as vacation spot for people from around the world. The photos in this book gives you a personal tour of the area, and if you are like me will be sure to add this spot to your list of must see places.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via and chose to leave this review.

Strange 66 Michael Karl Witzel

Everyone in the US and some other countries have heard of Route 66. Over the years many places and things have come and gone but there are still some out there from the beginning. Thsi book is filled with photos of the many many stops along the route. It also gives you the strange history of some events that have taken place at many of the stops. Things like a hideout for Bonnie and Clyde in Baxter Springs, Kansas. The Trail of Tears tribute in Jerome, Missouri.  and so much more. This is a thrilling book and would make a great conversation piece as a coffee table book. I personally think ever Doctors office on the planet needs to have a stack of copies of this book, I hae going to the doctor's office, you have an appointment and end up setting there an hour after before you get called back, this book would keep your mind busy and you may get upset when they finally do call you back. This is a great book very interesting and the numerous photos take you there.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via and chose to leave this review.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Charleston by Quentin Bell And Virginia Nicholson

This beautiful book features the Charleston House and Gardens in Sussex. The house belonged to Vanessa Bell, the sister of Virginia Woolf . The book was written by Quentin Bell the nephew of Vanessa And Virginia Nicholson, Quentin's Daughter.

The book is filled with pictures of each room, paintings, a blueprint of the house and garden. But the best art is reading Quentin's true life accounts of life in the house. He has stories about happenings in each room of the house. The house also features the Bloomsbury decorative style.

The book was beautiful to flip through and very interesting to read. I would love to visit this house some day. The house is open to tours.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Justice Howard's Voodoo Conjure and Sacrifice by Justice Howard, Writings by Voodoo Queen Bloody Mary

Have you ever wanted to know more about Voodoo? I mean the real Voodoo, not the Hollywood version? This book takes you on a journey so to speak through the world of Voodoo and its practitioners. Hollywood usually gives Voodoo a bad name, when in actuality it is a religion. It is thought to be the oldest religion. Voodoo was born in Ancient Africa and came across the world during the Slave trading days. 

This book is also not just a journey through the written word. The book is filled with photo's. Yes some have full frontal female nudity, some have severed animal heads, and snakes lots of snakes. The nudity is not done in a Playboy manor, it is beauty, it is Voodoo.

There is so much to learn from this book about Voodoo. Justice Howard has done an amazing job along with Bloody Mary, a Voodoo Queen in New Orleans. Between the stories, legends, explanations, and pictures you get the true meaning of Voodoo. This book is a basic version of Voodoo but it gives you enough to know the true meaning of this religion.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Villages of West Africa by Steven & Cathi House

This is an excellent book of beautiful pictures of the Villages, people, architecture, and more of the West Africa. I love to travel and as much as I would love to travel the world in person I cannot. So I am a armchair traveler. I will probably never make it to West Africa in person but with this book I can see so much about this country.

The pictures are clear and beautiful. They show more then what you would see in a travel brochure. This book gets into the the true West Africa. It shows the good, the beautiful, the bad and the ugly. I really love that the pictures are not a sanitized version of the true country like in a travel brochure. Steven and Cathi House have done an amazing job with this book.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Under the Dome by Jason Dick

Have you ever wondered what the inside of the White House and other capital buildings in Washington DC looks like? Who the people are inside of these buildings? Or just what goes on inside of them? This is an amazing book of photos.

Jason Dick is giving a us a photo tour of the people, places, and things that go on in some of these buildings. He breaks the book down into chapters. The chapters are not by the building but of the things that happen including feelings. There are chapters on Boredom, Love, distraction, anger, terror and more.

There are pictures new and old. There are pictures of things visitors can see, there are pictures of past presidents and other elected officials and so much more. The pictures show some of the stunning fixtures in these buildings, amazing painted ceilings, statues, and so much more. There are short explanations of each picture.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Brooklyn Before by Larry Racioppo

Brooklyn Before is one mans version of Brooklyn in the 1970's and early 80's. He tells about things going on around Brooklyn during that time period but even better he shows us through his photographs taken during the time.  He basically goes street by street telling us his memories of the day, with some amazing photos. There are children playing in streets, friends watching tv, pictures of mailboxes and views of the city. This book is great for anyone who lived in Brooklyn, or if you just want to know what the town used to be like when it was just a small town. Over the years Brooklyn has grown into a major City gone are the mom and pop shops, and small town living. This book really is a blast form the past.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Contemporary Sand Sculpture by E Ashley Rooney

This book features some of the most amazing sand sculptures I have ever seen. From small sand sculpture to life sized. Cartoon characters to real life like looking people. Everything you can imagine and some you cannot made strictly out of sand and water. There also also some interviews with some of the artists and more. Very informative and very beautiful pictures.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Secret Houses of the Cotswolds by Jeremy Musson

Secret Houses of the Cotswolds by Jeremy Musson, is a stunning look at 20 of the castles, estates, palaces and manor houses is the Cotswolds. Most of these houses are privately owned and this book will be the only way you will ever see inside of these homes.

The pictures in this book show not only the home but also some of the grounds, and original architecture, that has been preserved over the years. You also learn a bit of the history of the home and the current owners.

I am an armchair traveler and have gotten a huge taste of England with this book. Jeremy Musson and his crew has done a wonderful job bringing these homes to all of us who will probably never get to see them in person.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tokyo Graffiti by Lord K2

I have always looked at Graffiti as a form of art. Yes there should be a time and place for this art instead of all over every street, building, and train in pretty mush every city I have ever been in. I have heard that a lot of the graffiti art does have meanings, I have never looked into the art to find the meaning before though.

This book by Lord K2 focuses on the the graffiti in Tokyo Japan. Did you know that graffiti is not just names and symbols. There are actually a few different types of graffiti. Stikers Grafiti is one I never heard of but part of this book.

I very much enjoyed this book and also got a graffiti education. There are tons of pictures and more. Lord K2 has done a great job of bringing Graffiti into the world of art.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Friday, March 23, 2018

WALK WITH ME by Debra Schoenberger

Book Details:

Book Title: Walk with Me by Debra Schoenberger

Category: Adult non-fiction / Photography - 104 pages

Genre: Documentary / Street Photography / Travel

Publisher: Blurb

Release date: December 26, 2017

Tour dates: March 5 to 23, 2018

Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Whenever I'm asked "which is the best camera?" I pretty much respond: "the one you have on you." In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.

This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.

As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.

I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.


Everyone sees the world differently and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.

To read reviews, please visit Debra Schoenberger's page on iRead Book Tours.

Buy the book: 

My Review: 5*

I am a huge fan of Debra Schoenberger photography books. She takes some amazing photo's. Her photos are not staged which I love the most. She just walks down a street and pops off some photo's. I love taking pictures myself and have about 70,000 on my computer. A lot of my photo's are just like hers. Something caught my eye and I took a photo of it. I am sure we all have photo's like this.

Debra shares her photo's with all of us. Most of her books have a theme, like her book To Be a Child, is pictures of children, Her book India is sites taken in India of both people and places. This book, Walk With Me doesn't really have a theme. There are several pictures of shoes though.  I think it is one of her best books yet. The photo's are pictures of everything you can imagine, people, places, and things. Some are even out of focus. The pictures are taken from all the places she has visited.

There is one photo in the book where she has taken a photo of a man taking a photo of a building in front of them. You can see the building through his camera lens. it is an awesome photo. There is another picture of a woman with a pigeon setting on her arm, she is taking a picture of another lady with her cell phone, and you can see the lady standing there and also through the cell phone screen.

I absolutely loved the photo of of a broken sidewalk with a puddle of water. In the puddle you see a large buildings reflection.

I could go on and on about the pictures in this book that spoke to me. Debra is amazing. Grab a copy of this book and see for yourself. I am sure at least one will bring a smile to your face.

I received this book from the Author Debra Schoenberger via iRead Book Tours to read and review.

About the Author / Photographer:

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest


What makes for a good travel camera?

That would depend on the type of photography you are interested in.  Do you like street photography, landscape photography, macro or would you rather have a
​n automatic ​

There is a new camera on the market that looks pretty good, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V.  It can be found here:

Because the new generation of cell phone cameras are so good, they often replace a smaller point and shoot.

What do you look for when buying a camera?

When looking for a camera online, I choose a few that have features that I like within my price range.  Then I go to a camera store and hold the camera in my hand for fit and try out the different features.  I’ve discovered that what looks good in theory, doesn’t always feel good in person.  I have a small hand so the camera has to be small enough to be comfortable in my hands.

What do you look for when buying a camera
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I prefer a camera bag that doesn't look like a camera bag.  I like a big, wide strap and plenty of 
​padded ​
protection for my gear.  A photographer who happens to be a woman, developed camera bags for women that can 
​be ​
custom made.  You can choose the size, style and fabrics / leathers.  It's pretty cool.  I love my bag.  If it gets dirty, it gets a wash.

You can find the bags at Porteen gear:

Other photo books you may want to add to your collection:

Montreal by Debra Schoenberger

To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger

India by Debra Schoenberger

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach by Stephen Perkins, James Caughman

Addison Mizner was an architect who designed and changed the look of Palm Beach and other towns of South Florida. His buildings are beautiful. They are designed in the Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles.

The book is filled with pictures of some of his impressive buildings as well as pictures and the story of Addison Mizner. I actually chose this book for the pictures but once I started reading it I was enthralled by Addison's vision and thoughts.

I am a huge fan of architecture and love learning about the differences between the different styles. I very much enjoyed learning about Addison's personal touches to the these styles as well.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Trains Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine by Jennifer B. Bodine

If you like trans you will love this book. My 3 year old Grandson who loves trains set with me while looking through this book, and he loved it. The pictures are in black and white. They range from 1938 to the 1960's. There are pictures of trains, cargo, railroad workers, and rail road stations. The photography in this book is just awesome. It is a relatively short book only 128 pages, but most of the pages are pictures. There are about 10 pages at the back of th ebook that tells you about the pictures as well.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Home Life Around the World Anita Martinez Beijer

Home Life Around the World is so much more then a book of pictures taken in rooms of peoples houses. Not only does the book show you rooms for personal homes but it also introduces you to those people and even tells you some of the reasons for the designs. The pictures are taken from around the world and the people are from different walks of life.

Some of the designs I fell in love with, some were over the top for me and some were too bland. There was at least one thing in just about every room I did like if not love. There was a bright red couch in one living room with colorful pillows in a stark white room. I just loved it.

A lot of people may think why would you want to read a book or look at the pictures of someones living room or bedroom or other room. I love art, and I look for it all over the place. Each of these peoples rooms are actually a work of art to me. They express themselves with objects more then mediums, and I really enjoyed it.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Flags Across America by Karen S Robbins

My husband was in the Army, so our house is pretty Patriotic. Yes we fly the flag proudly, actually we have a few flying. When I saw this book on Netgalley I requested it. My husband and I set here and looked through the book. Both of us were very proud the way the Author has put this book together. There are so many photos in this book I cannot just name one that I liked the most. But there is one photo of an eagle setting on a post with a flag across from it. The eagles seems to be staring at the flag. The photos in the book cover the history of the flag as well as how people and towns still to this day celebrate with the flag and just fly it in general. Lots of pictures from the original living flag in 1953 to bicycles made for 2 decorated with flags. There are some short interviews with people who donated photos to the book also. This really is a great book. And it brings a feeling of pride for Old Glory to your soul.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Ocean City NJ Boardwalk: Two-And-A-Half Miles of Summer by Dean Davis

Last year on vacation my husband took me to the Jersey Shore and we picked my Mother In Law up outside of Philly to ride along. We went to Wildwood instead of Ocean City though. This was my first time in New Jersey, so everything was new and exciting to me. We are planning to go back again for the day this year and go to Ocean City's boardwalk. My husband and Mother In Law have been here many times. My husband was raised in Philadelphia. Me I'm a southern girl. I have never walked a boardwalk like the one in Wildwood, and it was freezing and raining when we went the end of May last year. I am hoping for sun and no rain this year.

When I saw this book listed on Netgalley I immediately requested it, and was accepted to receive it. I couldn't get it downloaded fast enough and jumped right into it. The pictures in this book took me back to Wildwood and I am really excited for May to get here this year so I can go see these sites for myself.

There are pictures both old and new in the book. I mean pictures as it is today and pictures from the past. If you have ever been to the Ocean City Boardwalk this will bring back tons of memories, and if you are like me and have never been, it will make you want to go.

There are pictures of the beach itself, the wildlife (both human and animal), shops, and other sites along the boardwalk. There are short histories about some of the places and the people who started them.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Out in Blue Fields: A Year at Hokum Rock Blueberry Farm by Janice Riley

This book is filled with everything Blueberry. It has tons of stunning pictures. Yes stunning and blueberries do not always go together when speaking of photos but in this case they do. There are pictures of the flowers before the berry forms, there are pictures of the bushes covered in snow, and there are pictures of the farm with the amazing backdrop of the forest behind it.

The book chronicles a year of cultivating blueberries on Cape Cod's Hokum Rock Farm. Stephen Spear's family has owned the Hokum Rock Farm since 1973 and began cultivating blueberries exclusively in 1986, selling thousands of pints each season.

Along with the photos is the history of cultivation, an autobiography, thoughts, feelings, and so much more. You get an in depth look at the family and of blueberries, and my favorite part recipes.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via to read and review.