Harmony between nature and humankind is one of the key ideals at the heart of traditional Chinese culture. Inspired by Chinese spiritual teachings, esteemed artist and photographer Cheng Yan presents some of his most popular wildlife photography in A Sense of Nature as an homage to man and beast living as one.
Dedicated to “those who love life and nature and cherish all living things,” this stunning bilingual photo book is ideal for animal lovers and wildlife photography enthusiasts alike.
Each chapter begins with a short, poetic piece of text that represents how humans should view the species within the particular chapter. With this proverb in mind, readers are able to emotionally connect to a range of beautiful close-up portraits, action and panoramic shots of all sorts of species in their natural environments. The chapters are split up into ‘Big Cats,’ ‘Forest and Plains,’ ‘Polar Regions,’ ‘Wings On The Air’ and ‘Pandas,’ with each one brilliantly evoking Cheng’s artistic flare as he uses his camera to bring the images to life.
The intimacy of these vivid shots expresses Cheng’s underlying message that we should show more love, responsibility and respect to all living things. This is strikingly captured in his proverb in ‘Polar Regions,’ which conveys humankind's impact on wildlife in the wake of the melting ice caps and climate change.
This is a powerful book, both visually and emotionally, in which the love of nature and art encourages readers to explore their relationships with the environment. You can order a hardcover copy on thMart right now for just RMB198.
Plus, we’ve got not one, but two special gifts for our readers! From March 1 to 31, we are giving away a free set of postcards (20 pcs/set) for book purchases over RMB199. Together there are four sets of gorgeous postcards for you to choose from. Just leave a message upon checkout to specify the theme you want. There are four themes in total:
The Story of the Forbidden City
Tibet, Time Paradise
Memory of Chengdu in Photos
Memory of Old Beijing's Hutongs
It gets better! Spend over RMB299 and you'll receive a free beautifully designed 'ancient' notebook. These notebooks feature a selection of poems and lyrics from the Tang and Song Dynasties, translated by the legendary Xu Yuanchong. The bilingual Chinese and English poems are printed alongside classic Chinese paintings, and there's plenty of space in the blank margins for you to take notes and record your personal thoughts.
There are two notebook editions to choose from:
"To See Within One Day All Flowers on the Trees"
"Time and Tide Will Not Wait For a Man Forlorn"
Leave a message upon checkout to specify which edition you want.
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