My latest book, Beautiful Somerset, has just been published, but with what terrible timing! With almost all book shops and many of the wholesalers closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, options for getting the book out to the book-buying public are rather limited. Thank goodness for the internet, so the book can at least be bought from online stores.
Looks and content
The book does look fantastic, though I appreciate that I am prejudiced. As with the previous books in the Portrait of a County series (Beautiful Cornwall and Beautiful Devon), this is a heavily photo-led book. Divided into six chapters, the first chapter is a mixed text-and-photo piece that gives an overview.
The remaining five chapters consist of a series of photo essays that showcase the most beautiful places in particular regions, such as the Mendips, the Levels and Exmoor National Park. The final chapter is about the cities of Bath and Bristol, the latter not in Somerset but closely adjoining. These two cities taken together are very much the urban heart of this otherwise largely rural region.
All text and photography is by myself, in common with Beautiful Cornwall and Beautiful Devon.
Buying Beautiful Somerset
Although Beautiful Somerset will eventually be available through many high street book shops and visitor attractions, for the time being it can be bought online through Amazon and Waterstones online store.
You can also by online from my own shop, Aquaterra Publishing (www.aquaterrapublishing.co.uk), where you can also see sample pages. Click on the link below. A few sample pages are included here as a taster, but many more can be seen by clicking on the link below.
Beautiful Somerset‘s retail price is £9.99, and if bought from the Aquaterra Publishing site is available free of postage for destinations within the UK.
Planning for the reopened world
Naturally, I really hope you’ll like this book and will decide to buy a copy. You may not be able to visit the places in this book (unless you already live there), but you can start dreaming and planning for when the world reopens!
have a confession to make: I love to travel. I’ve travelled
professionally for most of my adult life, and I’ve loved every minute
of it – well, almost every minute.
may not seem like much of a confession. But with global warming and
in particular the effects of air travel on the atmosphere such a hot
topic these days, I can’t help but increasingly engage in a certain
amount of guilty navel gazing, fretting about my own personal
contribution to the growing environmental tragedy. I’m sure I’m not
A globe-trotting life
But why should I feel more guilt than anyone else? Well, as a professional travel photographer over the years I have racked up quite a number of air miles, touring around the globe, photographing a host of the world’s great locations, from Mt Everest to Tower Bridge, from the casinos of Las Vegas to the volcanoes of Iceland and the Philippines.
the past 30 years my work has fuelled quite a number of very well
known guide books and magazines, enticing readers to go see for
themselves. It has all been hugely enjoyable and fulfilling, but now
I’m left questioning my own contribution to a developing catastrophe.
It’s not just my own mileage that’s of concern, but my own small part
in enticing all those readers to start travelling.
I’m just paranoid, suffering from an delusional opinion of my own
possible impact. After all, I’m just one of many such photographers
(really very, very many these days), and I have never forced anyone
onto an airplane. At least, that’s how I console myself. Paranoid or
not, in recent years I have taken a few steps to redress my own
perceived imbalance, producing a number of books that showcase the
beauty and interest that is right on our own doorstep here in
southwest England (Wild Southwest, Beautiful Devon and
Beautiful Cornwall), requiring no great travel effort to reach
(at least not by us that live here anyway!), and I shall continue to
make this my contribution to promoting the ‘staycation’.
Travel and broadening the mind
But even if we agree that international travel – at least by air – needs to be curtailed, there is another side to all this that mitigates hugely in favour of travel. It has long been said that travel broadens the mind, and in general it is absolutely true. Admittedly, the type of travel that limits movements to those between restaurant and poolside sunbed are likely to rather restrict the level of cultural experience. However, for anyone willing to throw themselves out into the local streets, cafes, transport and – dare I say it – language, the mind-broadening effects can be massive, meteoric and sometimes both slightly unsettling and spectacularly exciting. I speak from my own experience.
before we all give up travelling, just imagine the possible effects
of us all retreating back into our borders. After all, it’s not that
long ago that our ancestors rather believed that the people of
certain countries had two heads and a forked tail. Travel and
communication have gone a long way to integrating us all, showing us
everyone’s humanity and equality no matter what corner of the globe
we live in. A return to isolationism – by whatever cause – would
be no friend to continuing that process, and could end up having some
very negative consequences for mutual understanding, respect and
then, we should continue travelling, though with more selectiveness
and care, travelling in a way that makes the journey longer and
itself every bit as much a part of the experience, rather than
something to be endured and finished as quickly as possible. Easier
said than done, I appreciate. We can’t all get on a yacht every time
we want to travel abroad, not matter how much more environmentally
friendly it might be.
Travelling into the future
As for myself and my photography, well with travel having been so central to much of my adult life, I suspect that only old age will eventually stop me. I shall continue to develop my local projects to help promote the joys of exploring one’s home area, but by the same token I won’t be giving up entirely on some of those long distance projects. My most recent was to produce a book that showcases the incredible biodiversity of the Philippines and the work that’s going on to protect it (Wild Philippines), a hugely under-reported and yet vital area of conservation.
Hopefully, I’ll get to do a few more of those. Meanwhile, I’m guiltily looking forward to an imminent holiday in …… the Maldives. Ah, yes, one of the countries at most immediate risk from global warming and rising sea levels. I can’t think of any excuses for this one, so I’ll just blame the wife. I’ll console myself with the photography I’ll get to do of the islands’ magnificent marine life, capturing it on my camera’s sensor before it all gets killed off. Someone has to do it. Greta Thunberg is going to have a fit.
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Wild Philippines is published at last! Yes, this long-awaited book is now in the shops (or at least available from them), so you should all be rushing to snap up your copies over the coming weeks!
A major work
With over 50,000 words and 300 photos, and taking two years to pull together, Wild Philippines is a major work. It represents a much-needed overview of the Philippines’ natural environment and its conservation. Both the information and the photography should appeal equally to the lay person who simply wants something attractive about the Philippine natural environment, and the serious conservation worker involved in research into and protection of the country’s critical habitats and wildlife.
All the text and almost all the photos (bar six, of subjects I couldn’t get myself) are by me.
I know I shouldn’t be immodest, but I think the book looks fantastic!
Where to buy Wild Philippines
In the UK Wild Philippines is available through all good book shops, and in the Philippines through all branches of National Book Stores. Online, it can be found in all the usual places, including every Amazon website.
Seeing some sample material
A few sample photos are shown here, including the cover. However, many more photos, plus sample pages can be seen at:
Yes, my latest book, Beautiful Cornwall, is finally published and available through all good book shops, both high street and online. Coming out on 28th March, it was published bang on time, and since then it has been slowly working its way into bookshops across the southwest of England, as well as to the usual online sites, including Amazon.
What you can find in Beautiful Cornwall
At just 80 pages, this is quite a short book, but it is packed with my photography, showcasing many of Cornwall’s most beautiful locations and some of its most popular annual festivals. It is, in short, a very colourful book, and one that shows off Cornwall to be the truly spectacular region that it is.
Beautiful Cornwall contains five chapters, the first a mix of text and photos that sets the scene, introducing its landscape and wildlife, people and culture, and some aspects of its economy.
The remaining four chapters take a tour around Cornwall, looking at East Cornwall, the North and Bodmin Moor, the South Coast, and the Far West. The last chapter also includes a section on the Scillies.
Beautiful Cornwall makes a stunning memento of the county, both for visitors and residents alike.
Finding out more and buying Beautiful Cornwall
I hope you like the few sample pages shown here, but you can see full details of Beautiful Cornwall online, including sample pages and photos, by clicking on the link below:
Yes, Beautiful Cornwall will be our next publication, set to hit the book shops from 29th March 2019. A lovely photographic book about this famous British county, we’ve almost finished designing the pages. What’s more, there is now a page on the website dedicated to the book, along with a gallery of sample images.
About Beautiful Cornwall
Beautiful Cornwall will be similar to our previous book Beautiful Devon, part of our new Portrait of a County series, and will be a largely photographically led book, showcasing some of the most beautiful landscapes in this famous county, as well as many of its well known harbours, moors and festivals. Essentially, although Chapter 1 will be text-driven, giving an overview of the county, most of the book will be a series of photoessays, each concentrating on a different part of Cornwall. I think you’re going to really like Beautiful Cornwall.
All writing and photography is by myself.
It’ll be a great souvenir book of Cornwall’s great beauty, for both visitors and residents alike.
Finding out more about Beautiful Cornwall
Sample pages will follow in a week or two, but in the meantime, I hope you’ll love the photos. A few are shown here, but to see a much larger gallery click on this link:
My latest book, Beautiful Devon, has just been published!
A fairly short book, Beautiful Devon is essentially a series of photoessays about the loveliest areas of Devon, a county in the southwest of England, and is intended largely as a photographic memento to this beautiful part of the UK.
Beautiful Devon is published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, and is available through all bookshops, both online and high street, and in the UK at least it costs just £9.99.
You can see sample photos and pages by clicking on the link below:
My next book, Beautiful Devon, a photographic publication showcasing some of the most beautiful places in this region of southwest England, has been printed and is ready for publication, a whole month ahead of schedule!
A rather short book, consisting of just 80 pages, but packed with about 160 photos, the series of photo essays that make up Beautiful Devon make this book a memento of the county for both residents and visitors alike.
Publication date is set for 1st March 2018. From then on Beautiful Devon will be available through all bookshops, both high street and online. Price within the UK is £9.99.
I’ve just had yet another new book published, this one entitled Journey through the Philippines, produced by Oxford-based publisher John Beaufoy Publishing.
As the name suggests, this book takes the reader on a tour through the Philippines, travelling roughly from north to south, visiting 30 of the country’s most beautiful and most important visitor areas.
The book’s 176 pages are filled with my text and illustrated by over 300 of my photos, that together give a good and highly entertaining overview of much of the best that the Philippines has to offer.
In the Philippines, Journey through the Philippines is stocked by most bookshops, and around the world is available both in store and online. For the latter option, it can be bought from Amazon, and soon also through my own publishing website at www.aquaterrapublishing.co.uk. The web pages for this are just being created, so more details on this shortly.
Meanwhile, full details, plus a gallery of sample images and a range of sample pages can be seen by clicking here…>
Naturally, I really hope you like this book and decide to get either yourself or a loved one a copy.