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“In the world of landscape photography there are many practitioners but precious few masters. David Ward’s compositions are artful and compelling and he provides a valuable insight into this inspirational, but often misunderstood, genre of photography”

Keith Wilson, Outdoor Photography

Intimations; Form & Motion and Man & Nature

David Ward & Anna Booth – Envisage Books – 9780956476418

This limited edition boxed set of two books contains all the images from Anna & David’s successful exhibition at the OXO Gallery on London’s South Bank.

N.B. The books are only available directly from into-the-light and cost £25 + p&p. Please email for further details. Click on the link below to see other David Ward books available via the web.

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The Landscape Beyond

David Ward – Argentum – 978-1902538518

In David Ward’s critically acclaimed first book, “Landscape Within”, he asked questions about human perception and the creative process and why photographers make images. David takes these deep explorations of photography a step further in his second book by studying what he considers to be the essential attributes of a successful landscape photograph; simplicity, ambiguity and beauty. He looks in detail at how these concepts relate to his own images and also sets them within a wider context; relating, for instance, how the notion of beauty has been viewed by artists and psychologists and discussing how, although interpretations have changed over the centuries, it remains as relevant as ever today.

He sets out exactly why he feels each attribute is important to photography – how the notion of simplicity, for example, is intimately related to the reductive approach adopted by photography in contrast to the complexity involved in building up a painting from layers of pigment… He also suggests how each concept relates to the others; how simplicity and ambiguity are, in a sense, aspects of beauty. David always seeks to make his own images open to interpretation and in the final chapter, ‘Questions or Answers?

‘, he suggests that all photographers’ work either poses a question or seeks to impose the photographer’s viewpoint. He goes on to investigate how photography affects our interpretation of the world around us and relates this to his own practice.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with David’s stunning large-format landscape images, which reflect David’s thoughtful and refined approach, tending toward abstraction rather than description and evoking deeper meaning from their subjects.

A limited edition hardback copy of this book is available for £25 + postage and packing. Please contact us for further details.

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The Landscape Within

David Ward – Argentum – 978-1902538341

There is no shortage of books on the technical aspects of photography. But, while no photographer would deny the importance of mastering the technicalities of the craft, most would agree that perfect technique is just a means to an end, not an end in itself, and would argue that true satisfaction comes from harnessing technique to realize more profound, creative goals.

In this book, landscape photographer David Ward sets out to investigate what these goals are, or should be, and how they can best be achieved. He asks: why are photographers driven to create their images?; what are the emotions that they feel in response to a landscape, for example, and how do they seek to evoke the same responses on the part of a viewer?; wherein lies the essence of photographic artistry and originality, and can it be fostered and developed? Ward is concerned, in short, with the nature of creativity as it is experienced and practised by photographers and with the thought processes that go into the making of an image that aspires to be a work of art rather than a mere snapshot of reality.

In exploring these issues, with the help of a selection of his own large-format landscape photographs, David Ward has produced a book which goes beyond the limits of the “how to” manual (though it does contain plenty of practical advice) and addresses questions which, though rarely asked, go to the heart of every photographer’s ambitions.

Sorry, currently out of print… updated eBook version in development.

Developing Vision and Style

David Ward, Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, Eddie Ephraums – Argentum – 978-1902538495

The authors are among Britain’s best known and most respected landscape photographers; all three also write about their work in books and magazines and regularly lead the popular workshops organised by their company, Light & Land, in Britain and abroad. In this book, they have combined forces to share their wide-ranging experience and expertise with those who aspire, as they do, to create images that reflect their own visions of a chosen landscape and which have a distinctive personal style.

Alongside a portfolio of their latest work, each of the three authors writes about the genre for which they are so well-known: how they came to it, what inspires them, how each developed his own particular style.

The book also features photographs submitted in response to an invitation to participants in Light & Land workshops and readers of “Outdoor Photography” magazine accompanied by comments, critiques and advice from the three authors who suggest ways in which these contributors might further develop and refine their work.

The combination of stunning imagery with inspirational and insightful three-to-one advice makes “Light & Land” a truly unique experience, which no landscape enthusiast will want to do without. This is the second book in the “Light & Land” series which was launched in 2006 with “Working the Light”.

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Working The Light

David Ward, Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish, Eddie Ephraums – Argentum – 978-1902538464

The authors are among Britain’s best known and most respected landscape photographers; all three also write about their work in books and magazines and regularly lead the popular workshops organised by their company, Light & Land, in Britain and abroad. In this book they have combined forces to share their wide-ranging experience and expertise. The book is divided into three sections, each introduced by one of the authors who are among Britain’s best-known and most respected landscape photography experts: Wilderness- Joe Cornish, Inhabited – Charlie Waite, Inner-landscapes – David Ward. Alongside a portfolio of their latest work, each writes about the genre for which they are so well-known: how they came to it, what inspires them, their current projects and the directions in which they see their work developing – for example, what future role might digital play for these lovers of film?

Each section also includes a selection of the best photographs submitted by participants in the Light & Land workshops accompanied by comments, critiques and advice from the authors whose collective wisdom and experience will be invaluable. The combination of stunning imagery with inspirational and insightful three-to-one advice makes “Light & Land” a truly unique experience, which no landscape enthusiast will want to do without. This is expected to be the first in a regular series of books based on the work of “Light & Land”.

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