I don’t drink coffee, do not and will not ever like it. Although I do drink tea, so I may have to start re-naming some of my favourite books, “Tea Table Books”, and for the purpose of this article, that is what I’ll do.
But for those indulging in your caffeine, I ask what are you accompanying it with? Are you sitting across a table chatting away? Are you studying? (like that ever really happens) Are you reading this article (please read my work) whilst a beautifully brewed coffee stands next to your laptop?
Although I do not have a collection to boast as of yet, I have three “Tea-Table” books I adore every time I lay eyes on just the cover! As much as I would like to go shopping for my therapeutic needs, I am a uni student #broke #standard. If you’re ever needing something to feast your eyes on, to escape even just for a moment, wander into the realm of Tea Table Books, and let the pages fill your imagination.
Tea Table books are simply hard covered books with large pictures inside usually paired with small text boxes. Nothing is too strenuous to read and it is the images that attract your senses than what is written. They’re timeless pieces, you can go back to them over and over and never get sick of looking at a photographers’ glorious work.
Today our time is crunched, our tomorrows are already busy, and our yesterdays, well they’ve already happened so don’t dwell on them too much. Less is more, and the saying can be interpreted in many different ways. For this article let’s go with, talk less, look more. Engage visually and become distracted (only momentarily) with work people have already done.
Here are my three Tea Table books to get you inspired to start your own collection.
UK Free lance graphic designer, John Summerton started Sidetracked as an online publication, now a tri-annual (3 issues a year) magazine, he has out done himself. 130 matte page, thick bounded book with clean writing columns and large pictures that dominate the pages. The journal incorporates real stories from athletes, adventurers, photographers, all willing to share their moments abroad. It aims to inspire and not just look pretty. There are some big names in extreme sports and also adventurer photographers that are floating around doing interviews with a lot of different publications. Including; Tommy Caldwell and Chris Burkard. They’re featured in this magazine and their stories are well worth reading. You don’t really hear these types of stories on the news or even see photos like these unless you search for them. I think these types of journals encourage all those who stumble across them to get out and be active.
To purchase Sidetracked in Australia, only available from http://happyvalleyshop.com/search?type=product&q=sidetracked
Cait Miers is an Australian photographer from Melbourne. At 22 years old her aspiration Is to shoot women in the surf industry. With a massive cliental list, including, Roxy, Lovers + Drifters Club, Salt Gypsy and A LOT more! Her passion turned reality with her book, Washed Elegance. 88 pages filled with sea, salt, waves, and women gracing the ocean. Cait looks into the growing femininity in women’s surf culture. Large spreads of under water, horizon, and multi coloured illustrations compliment the message behind it. I didn’t grow up surfing, and the one time I tried I managed to catch one teeny tiny wave, actually it was more the white wash, in the time span of three hours. I had a blast falling off constantly, and it’s always intimidating trying things for the first time. I absolutely love going through this book. With attention to detail, every thing about this book screams natural beauty.
To purchase http://www.caitmiers.com/washed-elegance-book/
50 YEARS OF WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR:
HOW WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY BECAME ART
Now in it’s 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition released a 245-page book with more meaning behind the images than one can think of. Established by the two UK institutions, the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the exhibition excels at championing the diversity of life on earth. It was my third year attending the exhibition, showcased in the Australian museum and I was so impressed I purchased the book, and my boyfriend and I took home a D.I.Y crystal growing kit (we’re over the age of 3, we’re technically allowed). The exhibition does not serve the purpose of just enticing your eyes on some gorgeous and powerful imagery, but for education purposes, it makes you think about how our human existence can over power and impact negatively on the environment we share. I think we are all a little oblivious to some of the ways we impact upon our furry friends and insects and organisms… or not so friends, if we throw a polar bear into the mix. Wild life across the planet are being stripped of their environments and this exhibition as well as the book in celebration of its 50th year, capture vital moments where conservation must be a priority.
If I can’t stress this enough to you, maybe picture this quote being read to you by David Attenboroughs’ humble voice. The quote is his of course.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. -Sir David Attenborough
Whatever you schedule, there’s always going to be time to sit down and enjoy a world you’ve never explored.