Book Review: More Than A Rock

More Than a Rock is a collection of essays by landscape photographer, and LPM contributor, Guy Tal. Successfully uniting stunning photography and personal philosophy, David Hay reveals a book that will challenge the way you think about your own work

I met Guy Tal earlier this year, when we were photographing in Utah. We had breakfast with him in Torrey, where he is based. He came across as a quiet, thoughtful man, quite unlike some other top photographers that I have met. They are usually keen to promote their ‘brand’ and will mention their workshops and books soon after meeting any potential customers. Guy, on the other hand, was much more reserved. It wasn’t until we were leaving that he mentioned his book, More Than a Rock, which was coming out in the autumn.

It is important to note that this book is not a portfolio of his recent images. Instead it is, as the subtitle suggests, a set of essays about his art and his photography, interspersed with some of his images, to leaven the text. There is no information given about the location or the technical details of the images in the book. I thought it was significant that photography came only third in the list of subjects in the subtitle. He is, above all else, an artist and staunchly defends the right to call himself such. A mere glance at his images will convince viewers that...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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