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The Book of Wooden Boatsby Benjamin Mendlowitz
Synopses & Reviews
For 10 years, marine photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz, in collaboration with marine historian Maynard Bray, has celebrated the beauty of traditional wooden boats in the Calendar of Wooden Boats. Replaced annually, but too special to be discarded, the calendar is one of those memorable documents that encompasses an era, not a single year. Now 90 of the best images from the calendar are supplemented by more than 120 additional shots of the same boats in a stunning and permanent volume. Here are wooden sailboats, powerboats, working boats, open boats, and sailing yachts, the entire range presented in full color. What makes the work of Benjamin Mendlowitz so much different from that of other boating photographers? There are many answers, but a passion for the subject would have to be at the top of the list, followed closely by attention to detail, an understanding of the nature of light, the eye of an artist, technical mastery, and the ability to reveal the essence of a boat's soul. Careful study of the photographs in this book will reveal some or all of these elements. But to my mind not one is more representative of Mendlowitz's technical skill, artistic interpretation, aesthetics, and appreciation of the classical past than the photograph of the Nutshell pram and Downeast peapod on page 148. What a beautiful, elegant, eloquent portrait of two unpretentious small boats at peace by the edge of the sea! The photograph epitomizes the Benjamin Mendlowitz aesthetic. There is no time; it could be now, it could be then, it could be whenever the viewer wants it to be. Our boats, our coast, our scene. We are no longer looking at a photograph. We are looking into a scene; we are in a scene; it isour scene; we are there. That is what makes a photograph by Benjamin Mendlowitz different from all the others.
Book News Annotation:
A mouth-watering encomium on power and sail boats of wood construction. The artistic and technically excellent photos of Benjamin Mendlowitz qualify this book for all photo collections (many of these have appeared in the ten year life of Calendar of wooden boats). Bray's input is in pointing out the elegance, romance, aesthetics of the very photogenic subjects.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
'America\'s premier photographer of wooden boats presents the best of his work from the past decade.\n
A compendium of enchanting images of the worlds most interesting and photogenic boats.
A full-colour volume which showcases marine photographer Ben Mendlowitz's ability to capture the essence of a classic wooden boat, whether it is a canoe, speedboat, luxury yacht or schooner.
A concise text to accompany each boat is provided by marine historian and restorer Maynard Bray.
Marine photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz has built a reputation for honoring the essence and integrity of classic wooden boats through the ongoing Calendar of Wooden Boats. This full-color book presents the most exciting boats shot over the past ten years and includes classic wooden sailboats, powerboats, luxury yachts, and working vessels. Marine historian and restorer Maynard Bray provides brief descriptive text to accompany each photograph.
About the Author
Benjamin Mendlowitz is America's premier photographer of wooden boats. He has produced the Calendar of Wooden Boats® since 1983. He lives in Brooklin, Maine.Marine historian Maynard Bray has provided text for each Calendar of Wooden Boats®, as well as for six books featuring Benjamin Mendlowitz's boat photography. He lives in Brooklin, Maine.
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