One of the best photography books I’ve read: “More Than a Rock”

If you need a break from the overly technical photography articles that seem to have taken over the internet, look no further than Guy Tal’s “More Than a Rock: Essays on Art, Creativity, Photography, Nature, and Life.” This brilliant 256-page book is packed with topics that can both enlighten your artistic mind and challenge your perspective on the art of photography, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

I first discovered Tal’s writing through his “Creative Thinking” essays published in LensWork, for me the best print photography magazine available. Instead of a single essay however, in “More Than a Rock” we see a constant stream of his thoughts as an artist working in photography. This makes for a perfect summer book, because there are so many topics covered – 69 to be exact – that only cover a few pages. Between the written essays are Tal’s beautiful photographic works of nature and landscapes. Don’t feel like if you’re not a nature and landscape photographer, this book isn’t for you. If you consider what you create when you shoot a camera to be art, then you’ll enjoy this book.

The joy for me of reading this book was that many essays would cover topics that I hadn’t considered before. There were times when I disagreed with Tal’s views, but that only made me value the book more because it helped clarify my own thoughts about the creative process.

If you want to get an idea of ​​Tal’s writing, I suggest take a look at his blog where you will find many topics to browse.

“More Than a Rock” by Guy Tal is published by Rocky Nook and is available now via their online bookstore. The 7 x 9 inch softcover print version is $39.95, or the e-book is $31.99.

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