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Lanting, Frans.
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Publication Information:
Köln ; New York : Taschen, [2000]

Physical Description:
259 pages ; color illustrations ; 34 cm
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Includes Index.
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QH541.5.R27 L36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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""Jungles"" is a celebration of the patterns of life in the tropics by master photographer, storyteller, and naturalist Frans Lanting. In a glorious portfolio of images made over a period of twenty years in jungles from the lowlands of the Congo to the cloud forests of the Amazon, Frans Lanting interprets the aesthetic splender and the astonishing natural realm of the tropics. His provocative images represent a personal vision of the emerald worlds that shelter the ultimate expression of life on personal vision of the emerald worlds that shelter the ultimate expression of life on earth. Through images and words, Lanting takes readers on a dazzling journey into a realm of bewildering complexity, where nothing is the way it first appears. In photographs that range from spectacular gatherings of rainbow-colored macaws to the misty exudations of a forest at dawn, he evokes the luscious sensuality and intricate natural order of the tropics. His stories chronicle a series of rugged expeditions into remote tropical wilderness areas, from the otherwordly island continent of Madagascar to the soaring mountains of Borneo, to capture the mesmerising beauty and eerie fascination of nature at its most fantastic.

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Booklist Review

According to Lanting, the word jungle derives from a Sanskrit word that meant "impenetrable vegetation." Lanting prefers the term jungle over such specific terms as lowland rain forest to describe "impenetrable vegetation" because of its imprecise meaning and because it "leaves room for the imagination." And imagination is the watchword in delving into any Lanting photo book. With Jungles, Lanting draws on two decades of fieldwork in various continents to show connections in those places--Brazil, Congo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Peru, Borneo, Australia, Maui, Surinam, Guatemala, Molokai, Hawaii, and on--with photographs of animals that are more engrossing than the ones in his Eye to Eye (1997). Interspersed between or within sections are essays that provide just enough information or the perfect anecdote to satisfy the reader's need for explanation and illumination. In these essays, Lanting explores, for example, the sound and smell of a rain forest at night, or he describes how he masterminded a particularly spectacular and difficult shot. At the conclusion, one understands many things: the tremendous effort required to capture these magnificent photographs; the jungle as a place where life is relentless; and, thanks to conservationist Lanting, that one needn't travel there for a palpable experience of the place. --Bonnie Smothers