"Transfer of Grace" by Gary Geboy
I was pleased to find Geboy's book while on a recent trip to Charleston, and had to have it. Since then I have purchased additional copies as gifts for others.
"Transfer of Grace" contains approximately 100 photographs taken by Gary Geboy over a three-year span. The book includes a narrative by Teresa Bruce.
Geboy's images express much of what is so unique about the South Carolina low country landscape. Naturally, the book features the fabulous old trees and Spanish moss, the meandering inlets and weathered buildings and piers, and the feeling of light diffused by thick summer haze. These subjects are familiar to any visitor to the low country.
What makes Geboy's delivery of these scenes so special is his compositional style, which is based on the use of pictorial lens(es). In many of the images we find center focus and edge diffusion, vignetting, and a gentle highlight glow reminiscent of halation. Yet Geboy's low country images are much more than the sum of these effects; the effects serve a purpose. They link the images together into a compelling story, and they invite the imagination to fill in the details.
One of the standout and representative images, for me, is found on page 96... a scene from Colleton County. Absent a clear focus, the image still conveys a sense of depth through the strong layering of tone, which distinguishes the sky from the house from the tree, etc. The photograph rises to much more than a literal depiction of the scene.
This book will be of particular interest to any black and white landscape photographer. Five stars... I recommend it very highly.
Last edited by keithwms; 12-19-2010 at 12:57 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Thanks for telling about it. I'll be on the lookout for it.
I recently met Gary on Flickr and fell in love with his work.
This website is also pretty powerful: http://www.carrymehomeproject.blogspot.com/