Tuesday, May 19, 2015
#Review:The Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James #coffeetablebooks, #photography
Bridges of Paris is a large-format coffee-table book, with over 350 original color photographs, which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The 37 bridges over the Seine River emerge as beautiful, historic destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. The book features stunning portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you've experienced this river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again.
I was so shocked when I received this book. It was incredibly huge, this is not your everyday coffee table book! However, I was not in the least disappointed. First of all, who does not like Paris and the romance of the city. I know I do and hope to visit there some day.
I loved that the author immersed himself in the culture by photographing something that most people would not think to photograph, the bridges. The photos were incredibly vibrant and drew me in to the scenes of each one. He captivated them with an eye that only he probably could do.
I loved that he included history in the book and his own unique perspective. I enjoyed that the book was done by location as well. Now, I want to go see what he saw.
This book will be sitting on my coffee table for a long time so that others can enjoy it too.
5 stars for a beauty to behold!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100 % my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
Where to find the author:
Living as a Parisian for a year, author Michael Saint James left his American lifestyle and spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, Michael immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist self. The result is a visual treasure to share with everyone.
Michael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries - doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas.
As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision.
The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.