(Review) Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James, Plus a Giveaway
Publisher: Citron Bay Press.
Genre: Travel Photography, Paris.
Pages: 280 pages, 350 photographs.
Source: Free copy from iRead Book Tours and Citron Bay Press in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Summary (courtesy of iRead Book Tours):
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.
Bridges of Paris begins by sharing Saint James's engaging biography and reason for creating the book.
I especially loved reading his feelings on the bridges he spent time photographing, as well as learning the history behind each of them.
All of the bridges span the Seine River. Saint James gave a historical background to this ancient river.
The bridges are divided into four sections: "Island Bridges," "Palace Bridges," "Downstream Bridges," and "Upstream Bridges."
Each bridge is introduced by a brief history lesson.
Large page size photos are accompanied by smaller photos.
Many of the photographs are of the everyday people who cross the bridges en-route to work or shopping or entertainment.
Bridges of Paris is a visually stunning photography book and is an excellent choice for a Paris lover.
Viewing the bridges with people is one of my favorite points of the book.
I believe Saint James personalized the book by sharing the lives of the people who utilize the bridges. The bridges are functional and yet apart of the intimate fabric of life.
Which Parisian bridge is your favorite?
My favorite bridge is the photograph above the summary, Pont Saint-Michel.
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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