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Thirty years ago a young man sailed by way of the Falkland Islands to Antarctica, where he was to work as a field assistant on the British Antarctic Survey. This adventure, lasting seven months, shaped the course of John Beatty's life. Over the three decades that followed, John travelled extensively, encountering the natural rhythms and raw beauty of the world in its most remote and spectacular settings. He took with him an innate photographic skill by means of which, through countless rigorous and self-reliant experiences in the wild, he developed an intensely personal and unique vision, the expression of which is distilled in the images contained in this book. Behind the camera's shutter, an artist's eye was at work, seizing on opportunity and shaping it for our appreciation.
"Wild Vision" is the first retrospective of John's work. To accompany his breathtaking photographs, he has written a text that gives insights into the adventurous experiences that are at the heart of his photography. Together, word and image take you on a journey both graphic and spiritual, where place resonates in all its dimensions: from kayaking down the Colorado River to trekking through the Himalaya; from polar and Greenland ice-caps into the incredible animal kingdoms of Africa; from Boreal forests to landscapes that inspired the life's work of Charles Darwin. This thrilling journey through awareness ends with our own relict and staggeringly beautiful wild land of Britain. To follow it is to learn to see.
John Beatty is outstanding among contemporary British nature, travel and adventure photographers, his international reputation securely based on a vast portfolio of extraordinary images from around the world that celebrate the beauty, variety and magnificence of landscape and nature. John shoots for a range of national international commercial clients, his work appears frequently in British and international media, and his books include The Pure Land: A Celebration of Wild Places, and Sula: Seabird Hunters of Lewis. Passionate about wilderness experience and its value, he publishes the annual Wild Nature Diary for the John Muir Trust, the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK. John lives in Bamford, in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, with his wife Jan (and their children Robin and Jodie, when they're home from their own world-wanderings). He walks and cycles every day among his home moors when he's not travelling more distant parts of the globe.
Beatty's photographs are truly outstanding, capturing the natural world in all its beauty and magnificence. - Outdoor Photography Magazine "A book that stands out in a crowded genre." - Amateur Photographer Magazine "A perfect present for a wildlife fan." - Advanced Photographer Magazine "Evocative photographs complement [his] stories perfectly: great stuff." - Geographical "Flicking through Wild Vision's pages gives me a sense of peace - it's a perfect way of getting away from it all without going anywhere." - Adventure Travel Magazine "Something really special." - Climb Magazine "Wild Vision takes the reader on John's life journey, not only through a stunning set of images, but through his perceptive and increasingly confident writing style." - Manchester Evening News