Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Spotlight: An Embarrassment of Riches

Self-expression is one of the joys of life. We all come into this world as our unique selves. We express ourselves and who we are in one way or another throughout our lives. There are varying degrees of self-expression which range from the uniquely understated to the full-on, in full color expression. However we choose to present ourselves, it is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

Photographer - Adrian Buckmaster
In the new book, An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com , the amazingly talented photographer captures the beautiful essence of people in all of their varied glory, as they celebrate their self-expression within this collection of nearly 300 images. This hauntingly beautiful book is arranged into three movements: imposing, revealing, and inventing.

An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com


The imposing movement is about Buckmaster imposing his own artistic vision on his subjects.

In the revealing movement, the subjects reveal themselves emotionally and physically.

And finally, the inventing movement presents an opportunity for subjects to invent and create new ways of expression.

It is interesting to think of each section of the book as three movements, as it brings to mind the performance of music. As I turned each page the striking images made me think of a beautiful piece of music playing in the background. To me, within creativity, whether it is in photography or music or other forms of artistic expression, there is a note of connectivity that binds them all.

Ali, The Fangsmith, Brooklyn, New York, 2007 - From An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

I found this book to be visually stunning. I was drawn in by the ethereal quality of many of the photos. It was like visiting a wonderful 'other' place where the truly fantastic is celebrated. As I gazed at each image I was struck with the talent of Adrian Buckmaster. He has this ability to somehow reach into each person and extract a spark from each of them and help them to show their individuality. This is a gorgeous celebration of humanity and how we show up in this world.

Anna, with Shien Lee, for Dances of Vice, Central Park, New York, 2010 - From An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

The Nanny from Corb, the Author, with Cynthia Altoriso, New York, 2008 - From An Embarrassment of Riches by Adrian Buckmaster, © 2015, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com


An Embarrassment of Riches can be purchased here or on Amazon UK.


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

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