Personally, I loved the book and enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes of Jay Maisel. Jay Maisel is a colour photographer, even no colour shades of grey cannot be excluded from graphic art within the frame. You can find, notice, and be aware of gestures the more you look for them, or allow yourself to see them. Jay Maisel is now elderly, the images presented are his personal work over a long career while he worked as a commercial photographer. Each page unveils something new and challenges you to rethink everything you know about the bigger picture of photography. Jay Maisel, hailed as one of the most brilliant, gifted photographers of all time, is much more than that.
This is much more of a stream-of-thought monolog by a cigar-chomping old commercial photographer about the characteristics and circumstances that he feels most contributed to his results over the year. The particular figures can be secondary and passive, touch is in the fencing. Jay Maisel is a legend in photography, and rightfully so, but this is not indicative of his creativity and genius. There is no bad light, at noon most but not all of his examples are under dappled light We experience Light, Colour and Gesture in the context of our emotional being. This is certainly not a structured lesson book for beginner photographers. Viewing Colour, Gesture and Light is not quick it takes exercise.
There is no real narrative thread to the book. I've returned to the book many times for inspiration. This is a pretty expensive book for the Kindle, but the reviews enticed me to purchase. I think of Maisel as an abstract photographer, not because his photographs don't look like reality, but because he's not as much concerned with the content as with it's explication by light and color. This book is Jay Maisel. He is a living legend whose work is studied around the world, and whose teaching style and presentation garner standing ovations and critical acclaim every time he takes the stage. He exhibits a photograph of a Handball court, the background wall is green, probably painted rather than by white balance, the players are silhouetted black and a chain wire fence between them and the camera forms a yellow textured filter maybe from incandescent lighting, or the whole thing could be sunlit outdoors.
Jay's work spans a broad range of photographic subjects from a long and well respected career. This book provides a much appreciated reference and guide to aid in that effort. The book is a light read with well over 200 pictures and the material was presented simply and in a straight forward way. We're allowed to take a peek into the mind of an artist at work. But books presented by someone like Jay Maisel whose work I admire and who was a professional photographer for so many years are hard for me to pass up.
This book will allow students to take a big leap forward in the understanding and creation of their photography. Look what can be done with the light even with the power lines along the road. I found his description of the San Francisco picture elitist when he told his paying client that he had a choice between a happy photographer or a pissed off one if he didn't get his way. For the more experienced photographer this may not be satisfying. Gesture may apply to every thing not just men and women. On the right side and sometimes the left of the gutter is a single, page-filling image. There is a simplicity in the written word here that in itself focuses on the real lesson to be learned from this wonderful book from a great artist and teacher.
This book should be in every photo class for kids to peruse on breaks - there is so much wonderful information and the format makes it easy to browse. I chose to take it. Look for the unexpected everywhere you go. This aesthetic experience ought to be nurtured constantly not only using a camera. In the workshops I did, at the end of the hour when the lights were turned on, the room was still and silent for a very long time. Be responsible for every square millimetre of the frame.
Actually it is a reflection of his photographic style, just what's needed, nothing more. . Only a similar number of images in the book have been cropped. I did not return the book, but I have spent much better use of my dollars. He is a living legend whose work is studied around the world, and whose teaching style and presentation garner standing ovations and critical acclaim every time he takes the stage. They are good photographs, not extended and reworked images that he has presented to his many students as art or for critique.
I have never personally met Jay Maisel darn it but my impression from his photos, his writings, and a few videos is that he is a quite a secure fellow, and b not shy. The rest of the text for each image explains the why. I saw a video on YouTube in which Greg Heisler said Jay's photographs are a celebration of seeing, of the fact that he has eyes not an exact quote. I received my copy today and promptly read it. I settled on the lower rating because, in my final analysis after going through the book twice, I really felt that Jay should have devoted much more effort toward teaching his readers and much less time relating colorful but useless personal anecdotes.
Since he stopped taking on commercial work in the late 1990s, Jay has continued to focus on his personal work. As a photographer myself one measure I have of photographs is whether when I look at the image I feel like I understand what compelled the photographer to make the photograph. Light, Color, Gesture will open their eyes, engage their mind, and unlock their creative potential. These kinds of quotes in the first maneuvering on Light, and even more such as there is absolutely no bad gentle, light with out shadow manages to lose drama. His name has become synonymous with vibrant color photography that uses light and gesture to create countless unforgettable images for advertising, editorial, and corporate communications. It is viewing beyond searching, and accelerating the looking at the intimate properties regarding whatever the issue. Mark Book Summary: The title of this book is Light, Gesture, and Color Voices That Matter and it was written by.
It was published by New Riders and has a total of 264 pages in the book. A great collection of inspirational ideas, presented as single page commentary with a full page photo example of the idea present by Jay. I am always touched when he takes time to give back, to share with the community. The vision comes through loud and clear. Colour is merely perceived in comparison with other colors, the eye gets used to to coloration casts. The schtick just got tiresome, even in such a short book. In that regard the book does not disappoint, it has many good photographs, mostly in landscape orientation.