#Book Review #ARC – Let’s Get Lost; F. Beales

What a gift Let’s Get Lost has been. It sat on my Edelweiss shelf, almost unassuming, as if it didn’t want to take up too much space (humanizing books, now? Why, yes), and it caught my eye because of the promise in the title. Let’s Get Lost, it said—neither in the neighborhood nor after making a wrong turn, but truly lost. 

**

Get away from it all and reignite your wanderlust with this unique collection of epic landscape photography from some of the remotest and most spectacular locations around the globe.

Curated by award-winning travel and lifestyle photographer Finn Beales, Let’s Get Lost offers pure visual escapism with over 200 spectacular shots of remote and beautiful places which will inspire you to get back out into the world after months and years of lockdowns and travel restrictions.

For the adventurous amongst us, this book dares you to get off the beaten track andgo in search of the most remarkable natural environments on the planet. Chapters capturing off-grid coastal views, rugged mountain landscapes, majestic forests and expansive wildernesses are all featured, stirring within you a sense of adventure. From the Pacific Northwest to Southeast Asia, New Zealand to Scandinavia, these are the places where amazing photos are taken, now you need to experience them.

For the armchair traveller, this book represents a breathtaking visual compendium of how beautiful the world can be, with truly awe-inspiring full page reproductions of some of instagram’s most talented landscape photographers.

Each of the photographers profiled reveal their unique stories and the little-known locations they have discovered that allow them to capture such breathtaking images, from Chris Burkard’s perilous tour of Russia’s extremities, and Emilie Ristevski’s wanderlust-filled journey through Namibia’s wild heart, to Timothy Allen’s airborne search for a long-lost Bulgarian monument.

240 pages
Photography, travel
Quarto Publishing
Goodreads

**

Cover: Great choice, I like it. Cold palette with a delicate font that blends well with the picture. The photo itself is spectacular, too.

Yay!

  • Let’s Get Lost is a book documenting the trips of a bunch of photographers. They offer the reader a recount of their journeys across the world, blending words and images. 
  • Coffee table books are meant to be decorative, therefore the pictures must be top-quality. That’s a given and something I expect, while the commentary should be unobtrusive, accompanying a tale told in snapshots rather than telling one itself. The photographers decided to shake things up a little in Let’s Get Lost, talking quite a bit—and for some reasons, it works. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has to do with the places depicted in the book: they’re isolated, cut off from standard travel routes, so a bit of chatting balances it out.   
  • Still, the human factor is kept to a minimum. People are seldom present in the book, and that’s a detail I like. To put it simply, people are not the focus. Nature is.
  • The presence of the Bulgarian monument is notable. As a man-made structure, it stands out among dunes and forests—that’s a bold move, and I think it pays off.
  • A good structure and a fine-tuned editing complete the package. Well done!

Special mention:

  • Pelion, Greece. The cobblestone street of a little town – nostalgia, aw.
  • Cath Simard, Patagonia, Argentina, and Chile. 
  • Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.
  • Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria. 
  • Lapland, Sweden.
  • Redwood National State Park, USA.
  • St. Mary’s Vale, Wales.
  • Hestehave Forest, Denmark.

Nay!

  • The talking*. I put it in the ‘yay’ section because from a neutral standpoint, it works fine. From my personal standpoint, however, it’s a bit too much.

*It won’t affect the final rating. 

TL;DR

5 stars on GR.

2 thoughts on “#Book Review #ARC – Let’s Get Lost; F. Beales

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s