I love art and photography – I think anyone who knows me knows that – but I’m not really one for buying coffee table books. I suppose that’s partly because I don’t have people over and partly because I don’t actually spent any time in my living room (where the coffee table is) except to water plans and partly because I don’t really see the point of them.
The first one I ever bought was The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, That I got at Star Wars Celebration V. It’s a beautiful book with lots of information in addition to the art that I haven’t actually read through yet.
Today I received my second: Scott Caan Photographs Vol. 1. I hope there will one day, soon, be a “Vol. 2″! (And, by the way, yes that Scott Caan). A friend came across his photography site and sent me the link, seeing as I like photography, but I never intended on buying his book.
I must have been in a ‘mood’ or something over the weekend because it came into my head that I had to have this book and went ahead and ordered it without a second thought.
I’m glad I did. It’s definitely a different style that I would normally collect or display or shoot, but in some ways it makes perfect sense. Scott has a dark, gritty, vintage, ‘real’ style. Some of his photos remind me of what I try to accomplish when I photograph run down buildings and such and flipping through the book inspired me to try a few different things next time I go out with my camera.
I’ve also backed a several photography projects on Kickstarter, including a few books. I look forward to looking through those in the future as well.
I’m not really that great of a ‘reviewer’, especially with art and photography, but I know what I like and I hope I got that across here.
Do you have a photographer or style that you really enjoy? Care to share?