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S i m p s o n P h o t o g r a p h y
f r o g s a n d o t h e r a m p h i b i a n s
starosta and teddy moncuit
Publisher Natural World Press ~ ISBN
Working as a professional nature photographer
with a special interest in amphibians and having gazed over literally
thousands of images of these slimy, warty creatures it takes a lot to
impress me. The entire contents of this extraordinary publication are
unquestionable one of the “one of the finest”
books I’ve had the pleasure to read.
Each species has been photographed by Paul
Starosta with a perfectionist’s eye in terms of composition and visual
content. The accompanying text is written scientifically though the author
Teddy Moncuit has the unique ability to captivate the reader with a casual
interest as well as one with a more analytical necessity. Nowhere does the
text attempt to overpower the images, the accompanying words are designed to
compliment each photographic masterpiece.
The beauty of each creature is best illustrated
on page 56 where the grace of Lithoria infrafrenata a green tree frog
and page 102 Lepodactylus laticeps a multi-coloured leopard frog with
its dazzling array of colours reminiscent of its terrestrial namesake.
If your recollection of slimy green frogs is similar
one to mine of garden ponds overgrown with duckweed then this outstanding
book will most certainly change your opinion of frogs and toads forever.
Even what would generally be considered the dull, brown, warty varieties are
transformed into works of art. Close-up or more precisely macro photography
today is a scientific art which is clearly demonstrated throughout the
publication to perfection.
Words apart, the sheer variety of form and immense
character glowing from these pages is truly astonishing, allowing both
armchair nature lovers and hardened photographers to enjoy each and ever
page as a triumph in the science of art. The occasional lengthy captions
provide a wonderful insight and illuminating facts about these often
illusive and secretive creatures.
Layout, paper quality, colour reproduction, size and
feel have been major considerations in the producing this masterpiece.
and Moncuit co-authored Reptiles in 2002 the recipient of the
prestigious Jacques Lacroix prize awarded by the Académie Française. A
species and location guide this book most certainly is not, a masterpiece of
evocative imagery and thoughtful words which will no doubt be well received by all who
have pleasure of opening the front cover.
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