Official Review: Forensic Foraging

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Official Review: Forensic Foraging

Post by HRichards » 11 Feb 2019, 12:29

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Forensic Foraging" by William C. Crawford and Jim Provencher.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Finding the beauty and artistry in everyday life has become popular with photographers and artists of late. Crowded streets and urban settings have a poetry all their own. Abandoned buildings and deserts evoke a similar mood in a different way. All of these locations have the similar theme of finding the extraordinary in the commonplace for photographers. Forensic Foraging by William C. Crawford and Jim Provencher provides not only a handbook for those interested in this type of art, but it also shows a variety of mediums of expression for the curious.

Forensic Foraging is a collection of essays, photography, and poetry that reveals the beauty in the mundane. Pictures include rusted signs, abandoned houses, broken windows, individuals in crowds, and colorful buildings, all of them showcasing a certain stunning quality of their own. The essays included in the book mostly ruminate over the adventures or methods that the photographers used to get their pictures. The last section of the book features poetry that evokes a similar mood to that of the photography. The pictures and poems feel worn and gritty, but also evidence a unique style that isn’t unpleasant.

I ended up giving Forensic Foraging 4 out of 4 stars. The writing is exceptionally good. I was unable to find any grammatical errors in it, and the poetry is all well-formatted. People interested in art or photography should really enjoy this book. The pages are colorful and the neat, and I enjoyed the variety of mediums that the authors used. I admit I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but this book had a very enjoyable selection of poems. The essays mostly describe the ideas behind the style of “found” art that celebrates beauty in the mundane. The authors clearly enjoy the style of art they are making, and they encourage others to try out this type of photography. The poetry might not seem to go along with a book of photography, but I found the addition of this section to fit right in. The photography is stunning in its own unique way.

The only downside I could find to this book is that it might not be for those uninterested in art or photography. This is an art book, and those looking for a heart-pounding read might want to look elsewhere. The poems and essays are to set a mood, not provide a lot of excitement.

On the whole, I found Forensic Foraging a very interesting read. Not only is the book very professionally edited, but it provides a fascinating spin on what people consider traditional art. I may never look at an abandoned building the same way again.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 13 Feb 2019, 04:56

I am not a fan of poems as I always find them hard to portray, however the art in this book has piqued my interest. Thanks for an informative review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Feb 2019, 09:15

I'm not sure about the essays, but I would be very interested in the photography. It's amazing that such dilapidated things can become beautiful through the lens of a camera. Thanks.
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Post by kdstrack » 13 Feb 2019, 10:25

I was able to attend an exposition of "Photo of the Year." How the photographers were able to capture such amazing scenes is intriguing to me. Other than the pictures, I would be interested in reading about the photographers "secrets." Your review has piqued my curiosity.

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 13 Feb 2019, 16:12

What an interesting book! I know very little about poetry or photography, but I do enjoy things that "reveals the beauty in the mundane." This seems like a great book for people interested in this kind of art. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 13 Feb 2019, 22:14

I am interested in viewing the photographs in this book, as I thoroughly enjoy the beauty found in everyday things viewed from creative angles.
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Post by InStoree » 15 Feb 2019, 09:07

I'm a photographer and this book sounds perfect to improve my expertise in the architectural field. Looking through a camera lens, at its end is another world. Great review! Thanks!

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Post by Chrystal Oaks » 17 Feb 2019, 16:43

I may never look at an abandoned building the same way again.
That's a powerful statement and says quite a bit about William C. Crawford and Jim Provencher abilities. I like looking at photographs and can't wait to get this book. Thanks for the great review! :techie-studyingbrown:
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 19 Feb 2019, 12:55

This sounds like a wonderful offering! I love photography, and this book seems to be a wonderful combination of photos and written work. Thanks for your review!
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Post by inaramid » 21 Feb 2019, 19:25

Finding the "beauty in the mundane" - as you put it - makes it feel like reading the book would be an enriching experience. Thanks for this review!

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Post by Firefawkes » 21 Feb 2019, 21:18

This book sounds like it would be a perfect read for a rainy day, and I'll probably check it out! Thanks for the review :)

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Post by Samy Lax » 21 Feb 2019, 22:57

It's interesting to see a non-fan of poetry enjoy a collection of poems - speaks volumes about the book.

Loved reading your review, as always!
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Post by Kajori50 » 26 Feb 2019, 08:31

Beauty in the mundane sounds interesting.

Thank you for the detailed review.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 28 Feb 2019, 11:29

Oh, I think I would love this book! Found art, photography, and poetry. Sounds luscious. I would enjoy the poetic explorations about discovering the images. I imagine not everyone would relate to that. For me, it would be great. Thanks for the fun introduction to this book.
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