I love photography. Not only do I love to take photos but I also love to look at photos. I have several coffee table books that are nothing but photos. Sometimes I don’t want to actually read a book, I just want to enjoy looking at the photos and reading the captions. That is why I love my photography books. Not only can I appreciate the beauty captured in the photos, but it’s also a wonderful way to travel around the world and see things I might not otherwise see.
The newest addition to my coffee table book collection is a book called Life in Color. Life in Color is a collection of photographs from National Geographic. Knowing that the photos are from National Geographics’s collection you know the photos are amazing.
Life in Color is a book to celebrate all the colors in natural and in our every day lives. The book is divided into sections based on colors such as red, blue, green and yellow (there are more colors in the book). Each section has photos that showcase the specific color, whether it’s the color as it occurs naturally in nature, or the color with man made objects.
Here are a few photos from the book. Can you guess what color section they are from?
As you can see, the photos are spectacular. Some are more abstract then others, but each one highlights the beauty of color and it’s use in the world around us.
Here is a more “official” synopsis of the book;
Life in Color is arranged by color in a rainbow of beauty. Each chapter, devoted to a color, begins with a short, inspiring essay that explores the qualities, meaning, and symbolism of that color, written in the same warm and lovely voice that guided the reader through Visions of Earth. Color chapters include photographs that are predominantly blue, orange, green, yellow, purple, and red. Smaller sections present images in silver, brown, black, gold, white, and “unseen color”—not seen with the naked eye, such as laser, the universe, and microscopic images. Throughout, interesting quotes and surprising short insights in the captions give the reader an entirely new look at the color in the world around us.
I love that the photos are from places around the world. It’s fun to see places, people and animals from around the globe that you might not otherwise be lucky enough to see.
The books also opens your eyes to the beauty that is all around us. Even in something as simple as a tiny chameleon or the architecture inside a cathedral.
The book it’s self is not huge, but it is heavy and is thick. It measures 6″ x 6.5″ and has 528 pages. There are 375 colorful photos within the pages of the book. It’s also a hardcover book and very much suitable to leave out on your coffee table for everyone to enjoy.
I find flipping through the pages of the book to be very relaxing too.
The book retails for $40.00 but it currently on sale on the National Geographic website for $24.00. This would make a great gift as well as a delight addition to any home library.
For more information visit Life in Color book page on the National Geographic website. You can also learn more about National Geographic at www.NationalGeographic.com. You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter.
I have two copies of this book that I can give to two lucky winners (each winner gets one copy of the book).
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 12, 2012 at 11;59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this book AND what your favorite color is?
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*I received a free copy to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not ifnluenced in any way.
** All photographs used in this post are copyrighted to “Life in Color: National Geographic Photographs” and their photographers.