Monday, March 12, 2018

Walk with Me ~ ~ ~ Book Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway!

Walk with Me
by Debra Schoenberger
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Category: Documentary / Street Photography / Travel
Publisher:  Blurb
Pages:  104
Release date:  December 26, 2017
Content Rating: G


Book Description:
Whenever I'm asked "which is the best camera?" I pretty much respond: "the one you have on you." In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.

This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.

As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.

I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.

Everyone sees the world differently and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.

To read reviews, please visit Debra Schoenberger's page on iRead Book Tours.



HALL WAYS REVIEW:  Walk with Me is a welcome change of pace and diversion that is calming and doesn't have any expectations. Look at the pictures. Think about the pictures. Enjoy the pictures. 

There are no words, and overall, not really a single theme that readers will necessarily recognize – though some groupings are themed.  Each photo is intriguing, and the groupings really play off each other with the color palettes.  Most of the photos are of the unnoticed life and objects that surround us but which we are all too hurried and harried to truly observe.  Photographer Debra Schoenberger truly has they eye for capturing these shots.

My favorites were those with unexpected pops of color – like the stripes of a woman's dress on a dull subway ride -- or contrasts like a tired brick wall against a white marble one.  I also enjoy looking at the curiosities -- a box full of fake hands, a row of wigs, not one but two hula girls, and shoes...lots of shoes. Walk with Me includes a lot of retro-feeling shots that feel as if the images can't be from modern times -- but they are. 

Many of the photographs show the normal within the oddity and vice versa. It may seem like randomness but truly, it feels familiar.  I’ve experienced times when some color, or texture, or combination of the two draws the eye, and I think, "cool" and snap a shot. But Schoenberger’s shots are infinitely cooler.  Often, it's not the first impression image that has staying power; rather, it's the picture within.  For example, in one image, it’s not the window that intrigues me, but the reflection in the window.

There is no fuss to this book: the pictures are mostly square, with the middle forty pages holding rectangular photos, and all are aligned on a white background. There are no frames or borders, no page numbers, and no commentary or explanations.  Basically, there are no distractions. It's like the old days when you printed a roll of film and stuck the pictures in an album, intending to go back later and make notations. There are anywhere from one to nine images on a page, and not all pictures are crystal clear or even noteworthy upon first glance. But the images are there, so you slow down and study them to see what it was that drew the photographer's eye. The book forces you to slow down.

I had a PDF copy of Walk with Me, and though it was adequate, it wouldn't be my recommended format. These photos deserve to be held and flipped through like an old family album.  (Though admittedly, it was nice to load the PDF on my laptop and make the pictures huge on my screen!)

Thank you to iRead Book Tours and the author for sharing this book with me and providing a copy in exchange or my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

About the Author / Photographer:

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fueled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.

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Other photo books you may want to add to your collection:

Montreal by Debra Schoenberger

To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger

India by Debra Schoenberger

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