Philip Plisson gives free rein to his abiding passion: the sea. he depicts it in all its moods, in all its states. His favourite themes are seascapes, regattas of legendary tall ships, distant reefs, lighthouses battered by storms, and long-distance voyages, where he manages to capture the solitude of a lone sailor confronting the power of the elements. All these subjects still stir the popular imagination, even in an age when science has left few corners of the oceans uncharted. Plisson's special gift lies in exalting the image offered up by nature by finding the most beautiful and appropriate light and attaining something close to painting with photography. This achievement is based not only on talent and an obsessive quest for beauty, but also on countless hours of waiting for just the right light, and endless miles covered by land, sea and air in search of the most beautiful setting, of the best possible photograph. A text by Yann Queffelec, another sea lover, serves as an introduction to the book. This book will captivate any reader with a fascination for those vast expanses of blue and an urge to share the photographer's adventures and enthusiasm; it evokes dreams of the sea, the sea that enthrals us all.
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Philip Plisson is the world's most famous maritime photographer.From Publishers Weekly:
About 70 percent of the planet is covered by oceans, and Frenchmarine photographer Plisson here offers arresting images of these vastbodies of water in all their incarnations. In his preface, PrixGoncourt-winning writer Yann Queffélec recalls the sea's "perpetual,static velocity," and these overwhelming photographs-400 in all-are atestament to that paradox. Some portray human interaction with theocean: fisherman casting their lines from a craggy jetty; wavescrashing over a railing, soaking onlookers; hundreds ofpleasure-seekers wading into the water's edge on a summer day. Othersdepict the sea's vast and mottled surface, with nary a ship insight. The book's design, which positions all the captions at the end,allows readers to be swept up by the remarkable images. Some photosare panoramas, spanning four fold-out pages. From Portugal toPolynesia, Plisson succeeds in documenting the sea's tremendouspresence.
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