Language: Trilingual in English, German, and Czech
While we marvel at trees and plants, at nature's vitality and growth, we also treasure the longevity of rocks and stones. We feel a sense of eternity among mountains, handling stones on the beach, or wandering the desert or high plains. Time seems to stand still. In Stones of the Earth, Tomáš Míček's images show us geology at its most awe-inspiring. Taking in the shapes, sizes and colours of these diverse environments and monoliths, we feel both enlivened and calmed. Many of the rocks and their settings feel like they could be found objects and scenes of the soul, pulled up from its shadowy or vivid depths and presented to us by Míček with his camera. Two hundred and twenty-nine rich colour photographs show us rocks and their formations in many varied environments across the earth. Concise descriptive texts in English, German and Czech introduce each set of images, giving light geological explanations, and inset maps show locations.
Tomáš Míček was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. After receiving a degree in physical geography, he fled the regime in his homeland for Austria. There he pursued his dream of photographing the natural world, especially wild horses, volcanoes, trees, flowers and other natural phenomena, in addition to people. His images have been published in magazines such as GEO, Stern, Vogue, L’Europeo and Observer, and he is a prolific author of photography books and calendars. He has published about thirty books in eleven languages.