Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James(With GIVEAWAY!!!!)

Book Description:

Bridges of Paris is a large-format coffee-table book, with over 350 original color photographs, which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The 37 bridges over the Seine River emerge as beautiful, historic destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. The book features stunning portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you’ve experienced this river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again.

Living as a Parisian for a year, author Michael Saint James left his American lifestyle and spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, Michael immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist self. The result is a visual treasure to share with everyone.

My Thoughts:

Warning! This book will give you the travel bug!

I've never traveled outside my little Southern world, and most of the time I'm okay with that. I'm baffled how planes stay in the sky, and I'm terrified of them. Why on earth would I want to get on one?! ;) Every once in awhile, though, I get the urge to travel out of my little cocoon and see the world. Bridges of Paris gave me that urge. It made me dream of seeing the beauty up close and in person one day. As I was admiring the book one night, Jonathan asked me what I was doing. "Dreaming of traveling one day." In the meantime, though, I've been enjoying looking through this gorgeous book, and learning more about each of the bridges.

This is a large coffee table kind of book. It's much wider than even the average large book, making the pictures bigger, and even more admirable. There are various photos of the featured 37 bridges. You might see the bridge from a distance, or up close, in the daytime, or at night, from above or from below. You'll see multiple photos of each one, to get a greater appreciation of the beauty. Not only do you get to see lovely photos of the bridges, but you also get to learn more about each one. This is really so much more than just a photography book. You'll also get a great deal of history surrounding each bridge.

While the bridges are gorgeous, I've also enjoyed looking at the people within the photos, and even the transportation. I love watching people and the expressions on their faces and their body language, and guessing what they might be thinking or doing. I've enjoyed getting to see everyday life of the residents of Paris and the tourists, both in connection with the bridges. It's fun guessing which one is which. Ultimately, this is a book about bridges, but there's many layers within each photo that could be studied and admired.

In case you can't tell, I've highly enjoyed this book, and imagine I will continue to do so. If you want to enjoy a bit of Paris, give this book a try. It's definitely a treasure!

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.


Purchase Links:

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Author's Bio:

Michael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries - doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas.

As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision.

The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.

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The Giveaway:

Lest you have any doubt, this is a giveaway you definitely want to enter! ;)

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  1. My husband and I would both enjoy that book! Paris has a special place in our hearts. ;)

    1. Awww. Y'all would definitely enjoy it then! :)

  2. Ok. This book sounds so beautifully fascinating and interesting that I even attempted using Rafflecopter (which I have NEVER used before and I might never use again). :D

    But - oh wow! :D It's LOVELY! Thanks for the chance.

    1. I love rafflecopter! ;) It makes things so easy. PLUS, when someone enters they have to leave an e-mail. I've had such a hard time contacting winners, and still have books for this reason, that this is especially appealing.

      That said, I really hate some of the other entry programs out there, and decide to just not enter myself, even if it's something I really want. SO, I can't give you a hard time about hating rafflecopter. ;D (You've got me considering, though, if there's a way to combine both rafflecopter and comment entries, so you can enter more giveaways. I may have to try that out!) :)

      I really do think you'd love this book, though!

  3. This looks like a lovely book and I'll never get to Paris.

    1. I'll probably never make it there, either! ;)