Nude in Paradise is photographer and author Mark Laurie's photo-diary of a day spent with beautiful Model Darla Bloome in Paradise Islands, Bahamas. Except for a brief introduction telling about the day he is about to lead you on, this book is just photographs, stunning photographs. Every page presents amazing images, incredible post work and the finest example of imaginatNude in Paradise is photographer and author Mark Laurie's photo-diary of a day spent with beautiful Model Darla Bloome in Paradise Islands, Bahamas. Except for a brief introduction telling about the day he is about to lead you on, this book is just photographs, stunning photographs. Every page presents amazing images, incredible post work and the finest example of imaginative layout that I have ever had the pleasure to experience.
Mark Laurie is a Master of Photographic Arts as attested by the Professional Photographers of Canada but, more important, as demonstrated by his work. He has an impressive collection of Accreditations and major photography awards that prove he knows what he is doing behind the camera, in front of the camera and in the postproduction room. As I studied Nude in Paradise it became apparent Mark's imagination and creativity also exist at the Master level. He was clearly the best person to produce this book.
Each page is a work of art and testament to awesome attention to detail, creativity and imagination. Each image is clearly a part of the whole and the variety of layout and postproduction techniques make every page a brand new experience. The clarity of work, use of light and motion allows you to hear the surf whispering over the sand, enticing you to continue exploring.
The presentation of art is a very personal experience to the viewer. Master Sculptor's works have honoured the female form in City Squares, Cathedrals and Galleries around the world for centuries. Nude in Paradise, for me, falls into this same class of art. It is tasteful, honourable and beautiful. It might catch some visitors off guard, depending onother titles that may grace your library or coffee table but I would expect that any who steal a glance will not stop at just one peak. This book respects the true connection of nature with little or no interference by man-made intrusions.
Any aspiring photographer or artist will appreciate and can learn from Mark's use of pose, light, props, setting, mood and make-up. Digital artists can study an impressive use of photo manipulation techniques and image layout that make this so much more than just a book of photographs. Undoubtedly, those who have gained an appreciation for perfection in the presentation of the female form will find additional reasons to grow closer to their passion.
Art is the conscious production or harmonious arrangement of sounds, colours, forms, movements or other elements in a manner that gives pleasure to the mind or senses. In every sense of this definition, Nude in Paradise is art. From the excellence of form, pose and presentation of Darla to the deep beauty of the setting, every aspect of this book is in harmony with one's senses and with nature. Darla is as natural to the beach setting as the lapping waves. She is in harmony with the Cloisters as is the ivy with the hewn stones.
Mark Laurie's move to producing publicly available photographic publications is a natural progression. His years spent finely honing his skills can now be shared with a wider audience, allowing anyone to see just a little more beauty in our world. I welcome this transition and I highly recommend this book as a natural addition to any library of quality publications. Review by: Terry Groves...more
Paperback, 164 pages
June 1st 2009
by Xlibris Corporation
(first published 2009)