Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Centre Cannot Hold

The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

As you know if you've been reading my blog for a while, I love photography, especially black and white photography. I just think that it brings such depth to pictures and reveals an extra layer in documenting the experience of life. I've been enjoying a book called The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com. Wildlife photographer David Gulden has created an awe-inspiring assortment of some of the most beautiful photographs of animals that I've ever seen. Set against the beautiful landscape of Kenya, the amazing close-ups and action shots simply come alive. I felt the movement of the animals even though I was staring at a moment frozen in time by Gulden's lens.

The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

The vast majority of the book is filled with his beautiful photographs, but there is a foreword by novelist and short story writer Susan Minot and there is also an essay by David Gulden. I found both pieces to be very helpful in giving some context to the collection of photos.

The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

In Minot's foreword she writes:

"David Gulden captures animals in all their wonder and intrigue, without glorifying or romanticizing them. He knows Kenya's wildlife intimately and it shows in the depth of his images. He has an artist's eye, which delivers beauty and transport in every picture."

The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

Her words are spot on. There is a freshness in Gulden's work and the photographs make you feel like you are there seeing the animals in real life.

The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

It's interesting to get a glimpse of Gulden's creative goal in creating this book. He writes in his essay:

"I have always wanted simply to take photographs that no one else had taken before. Of course, accomplishing this has not been simple."


The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

He goes on in the essay to describe some of his technique in capturing these amazing images. I loved reading about how he did what he did. It was an intriguing read.

The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

David Gulden has created a beautiful collection of photographs that offers an extraordinary view of the wildlife of Kenya. I walked away from this book with an even greater love for black and white photography and how it can accentuate the beauty that is already there. The beauty of the land and the animals is present in every image and we are able to experience it with each turn of the page.

The Centre Cannot Hold can be purchased here.


*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.


4 comments:

Sissym Mascarenhas said...



Dori,

I also like a lot of black and white, they show details that seem imperceptible when you have colors.

Your blog is different and was very good.

Hugs

Dori said...

Sissym,
You're so right. Black and white photography shows beautiful details. I'm so glad you enjoyed my post. Hugs! :)

Sarah said...

I love the gift this photographer has. Those are some of the most captivating photos I have ever seen. And they make me feel like I need to step up my photography game.

Thank you for this post. Love it.

Dori said...

Sarah,
Yes, he is so gifted. The photos just come alive! :)