Today David duChemin, accomplished photographer and author, released his latest book titled The Inspired Eye III. I received an advance review copy; here are my thoughts. I also have a discount code available (at the end of this post) to purchase the book.
The Inspired Eye 3 (much like its two predecessors) is a book about creativity for photographers. duChemin begins by exploring imagination, establishing it as the base upon which photographers build their work. Following a look at imagination, the next few pages look at the creative process of visualizing and experimenting when creating an image, working through the creative process and perhaps creating quite a few attempts at a photo before finding a particular result that is pleasing. This is one of the signs of a good photographer and is a distinguishing characteristic between those who take photos and those who make photos.
The next portion of the book discusses the notion that quantity leads to quality and then a few pages which simply urge one to “begin” – get out there and make images. There’s a discussion of solitude and of slowing down. duChemin suggests we should trust our process and forget talent. As I read the book I found it interesting and inspiring without being too heavy. With any sort of book on creativity or philosophy or the softer sides of photography an author must walk a fine line between discussing the theoretical and emotional subjects while not crossing over into the realm of the cheesy or overly touchy-feely.
The book is a great read. You won’t find discussions of f-stops or tripods; duChemin doesn’t opine about the rule of thirds or off-camera flash. The takeaways will be less technical and less tangible. The results of reading and understanding this book won’t be visible immediately but one who ingests the ideas within should see an improvement in his or her body of work over time.
The book is 31 pages and is available for the always-affordable price of all of the Craft & Vision eBooks: $5. I do have a couple special offers for my readers:
- Use this link to simply purchase The Inspired Eye 3
- There were a couple discount codes but they expired on 9/24/11