Nocturne: Creatures of the Night -- celebrated animal photographer takes the viewer on a journey through nighttime in the animal kingdom
Nocturne: Creatures of the Night by Traer Scott (2014, Princeton Architectural Press; 129 pages)
This stunning book is an exquisite collection of portraits of 42 nocturnal animals by animal photographer Traer Scott. The photographs are minimalist, set against a dark background that allows showing each chosen animal in its splendor with beautiful details and features. The pictures are accompanied by fantastic and unique information about each subject, designing the book for both readers eager of detailed information and non-readers that enjoy the pure beauty offered by an exquisite photograph.
The author explains in the book’s introduction that the idea of this particular journey into darkness “began with visions of brilliantly colored, powdery wings beating soflty through the warm night sky." She explains that “while photographing Nocturne I had the opportunity to play the role of both observer and nurturer.” And she shares great information about the process of taking each picture; for example, about the time she was able to photograph the porcupine: “When porcupines feel threatened they often emit a very distinctive, extremely unpleasant odor as a warning before launching their infamous signature defense – an army of small, razor-sharp quills.”
From the kangaroo rat to the serval, the Madagascar hissing cockroach, the spiny mouse, the barn owl, the red panda, to the cecropia moth and many others, this book offers seventy-five full-color photographs of forty different species, and hours of pure joy to readers of all ages. It is an absolute must read.
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