Book Review & Giveaway: Walk with Me by Debra Schoenberger

Book Title: Walk with Me by Debra Schoenberger
Category: Adult non-fiction / Photography – 104 pages
Genre: Documentary / Street Photography / Travel
Publisher: Blurb
Release date: December 26, 2017
Tour dates: March 5 to 23, 2018
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.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read To Be a Child and India by Debra Schoenberger so I was looking forward to reading this book also.

Walk with Me is full of amazing photos taken by Debra. This collection is a mixture of different photos from different times and places. I wish I could see things like she sees them through the lens. She notices details that most of us never even see. I can look through this book over and over and notice new things every time.

This would make a good coffee table book. It’s a book to pick up over and over to look at the photos again and again. It is a book for all ages to enjoy.

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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 fuelled 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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

 

 

​INTERVIEW WITH DEBRA SCHOENBERGER:​

 

What makes for a good travel camera?

That would depend on the type of photography you are interested in.  Do you like street photography, landscape photography, macro or would you rather have a

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point-and-shoot?

There is a new camera on the market that looks pretty good, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V.  It can be found here: 

https://goo.gl/SNEYgb

Because the new generation of cell phone cameras are so good, they often replace a smaller point and shoot. 

What do you look for when buying a camera?

When looking for a camera online, I choose a few that have features that I like within my price range.  Then I go to a camera store and hold the camera in my hand for fit and try out the different features.  I’ve discovered that what looks good in theory, doesn’t always feel good in person.  I have a small hand so the camera has to be small enough to be comfortable in my hands.

What do you look for when buying a camera bag?

I prefer a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag.  I like a big, wide strap and plenty of

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protection for my gear.  A photographer who happens to be a woman, developed camera bags for women that can 

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custom made.  You can choose the size, style and fabrics / leathers.  It’s pretty cool.  I love my bag.  If it gets dirty, it gets a wash.

You can find the bags at Porteen gear:

https://porteengear.com/

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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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Book Review & Giveaway: India by Debra Schoenberger

I have always been fascinated by the sheer beauty and diversity in Indian culture. “Sensory overload in a glance” is an apt description of a country that is always in movement. To be able to stand still in the middle of all that movement allows me to really “see” her people and absorb the flow of life from birth to death.

From learning how to make yellow ink from cow urine to watching funeral pyres burn in Varanasi, I realized that I would have to spend a lifetime here to grasp the immense value of her art, stunning architecture, fascinating food and love of all that is beautiful.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read To Be a Child by Debra Schoenberger so I was looking forward to reading this book also.

India is full of amazing photos taken in India. There is a map at the end of the book that shows where the photos were taken which I found interesting. She didn’t go to just once city but to many. The photos capture the diversity of Indian culture, from beautiful architecture to cows lazing in the streets. Debra has captured it all.

This would make a good coffee table book. It’s a book to pick up over and over to look at the photos again and again. It is a book for all ages since it is full of photos rather than text. 

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About the Author

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 fuelled 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.

 

Connect with the author:    Website ~  Facebook ~ Instagram ~  Pinterest

 

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Book Review: Anne Boleyn’s Ghost by Liam Archer

21491050Title: Anne Boleyn’s Ghost

Author: Liam Archer

Genre: Paranormal, Biography

Publication Date: January 21, 2014

 

About the Book

A true and shocking ghost story about one of England’s most famous queens, Anne Boleyn. Witnessed on numerous occasions throughout the centuries at her historic home, Hever Castle, and the Tower of London, where she was executed, as well as many less familiar places you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find her, Anne Boleyn’s Ghost is considered to be one of the most frequently seen ghosts in the United Kingdom.

One day in 2009, a family visited Hever Castle on the five hundredth anniversary of King Henry the Eighth’s accession to the throne. An outing full of twists and turns, their day at the castle had a few surprises in store for them. As they walked through the castle’s ancient rooms, one of the family members – a budding photographer – unknowingly captured the ghost that has mystified so many individuals since her dramatic, and rather gruesome, end.
It is Anne Boleyn like you have never seen her before. Her Ghost no longer dwells in the shadows, but has appeared in her full glory in front of one, unsuspecting photographer’s lens. Almost five hundred years after she was executed at the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn appears not a day older than the day she lost her head.

This is the story of that family’s eventful day at Anne Boleyn’s historic home, Hever Castle, and the mysterious photographs they took.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Anne Boleyn’s Ghost is set up differently than most books. The beginning is about the author and his family going to Hever Castle and taking photos when they were there. Most of the rest of the book is about Anne Boleyn. At the end there is a list of the many sightings of Anne Boleyn’s ghost and where she was sighted.

I’m not one to read a lot of history but the story about Anne Boleyn was interesting and engaging. I even cried when reading what she said before she was beheaded. I found the photos that Liam Archer had taken intriguing as well as all of the sightings of Anne Boleyn. I did think the beginning of the book was slow and the trip to the castle could have been quite a bit shorter.

I recommend Anne Boleyn’s Ghost to anyone interested in the paranormal or history.

 

About the Author

7751448Liam Archer was born and raised in the south east of England. Visiting castles and historical sites was a big part of his youth, and ever since he found his love for photography he has captured some of Britain’s most famous landmarks. His interest in ghosts and the supernatural was not something he ever thought he would come to write about; but after some very personal encounters with ghosts in his late teens and early twenties, the world beyond seemed to have revealed itself to him. And it wasn’t long until he became fully aware of that strange world when his own photography shed light upon it. Now he spends most of his time reading and writing, and of course doing his much loved photography.

Book Review & Giveaway: To Be a Child by Debra Schoenberger

To Be A Child by Debra SchoenbergerGive a child a cardboard box and his imagination will turn it into anything but!

Today, it is less common to see children playing in the streets, especially in urban areas. The plethora of ready-made toys should make any child happy.  What usually happens is that the box the toy came in becomes the toy!

This book documents children at play (and at times at work) from 10 different countries. A child’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and I hope you will share these images with your children as well.  

 

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

To Be a Child is the perfect coffee table book. It is full of amazing photos of children taken by Debra Schoenberger. In each picture, she captures a moment in a child’s life, whether they are playing, learning, or dancing, it is a joy to see children loving life they way all of us should.

There are no words in this book except to tell where the photos were taken. It is proof that it doesn’t matter where children grow up, they all experience the same emotions.

To be a Child is a book to pick up over and over to enjoy the photos of children, whether it brings back memories of your own childhood or just to enjoy the skills of an amazing photographer. I received an ecopy of this book but plan on buying a hard copy to share with friends and family.

 

Author’s Bio

Debra SchoenbergerDebra Schoenberger aka #girl with camera

“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 fuelled 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.  Plus I usually have a lot of scars on my knees.

​(le sigh…)

I live with my creative director, Miss Pickles (my budgie) in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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Book Review: Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James

Bridges of ParisBook Description

Bridges of Paris is a large-format coffee-table book, with over 350 original color photographs, which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The 37 bridges over the Seine River emerge as beautiful, historic destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. The book features stunning portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you’ve experienced this river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again.

Living as a Parisian for a year, author Michael Saint James left his American lifestyle and spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, Michael immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist self. The result is a visual treasure to share with everyone.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Bridges of Paris is a beautiful coffee table book that is a tribute to the bridges in Paris. I had no idea there are so many and that they’re all so different!

I could tell that the author put his heart into this book. Not only are there gorgeous photos of the bridges and the scenery around them, including pedestrians, but at the beginning he explains how this book came about and there is a history of bridges in Paris.

Along with the photos of each bridge and its surroundings is a short description and history of the bridge. There is also a small map of Paris for each bridge showing exactly where it is. This would be a great resource when traveling to Paris, although I think I’d make copies to bring since it is a heavy book.

Not only is this a good book for history or travel buffs but anyone will enjoy the beautiful photos.

 

 

 

Author Interview

 

Why create a book about the bridges of Paris?”

Like most professional photographers I always dreamed of making my own coffee-table book. After visiting Paris a few times, I fell in love with this magnificent city and the Seine River and was inspired to shoot some very dynamic pictures of the river. But a book needs a story and it took a while for me to identify a theme. Obvious books had already been done: Gardens of Paris, Architecture of Paris and even three books on the Cats of Paris. When I suggested the Bridges of Paris to my friends, many were surprised there had never been a book about the bridges. That’s when I knew I had a fresh story to tell.

Where did you live while staying in Paris?”

I stayed mostly in a tiny student apartment in the 5th arrondissment (district). It’s known as the Latin Quarter because of all the schools in the area, including the Sorbonne University. Many were established in the 17th and 18th centuries when the common language for academia was Latin. The neighborhood was inspirational to me because Ernest Hemingway’s old place is around the corner and the opening chapters of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast took place right there. Today the streets are filled with students hungry for knowledge and experience. The Seine River and Notre Dame are a five minutes walk away and the Pantheon just up the street.

Have you traveled to other foreign countries?”

When we were in our twenties, my wife and I quit our jobs, sold all our belongings and globetrotted for two years. We started in Japan, then Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Burma and Nepal where we ran out of money. So we went back to Japan and taught conversational English. When we saved enough we banged around through Europe until we were saturated with foreign cultures and came home to California.

How do you deal with ‘writer’s block’?”

What finally worked for me was to put a clock on my desk with the words “Father Time is Watching.” The clock reminded me that every hour I wasted was an hour I would never get back. I’m in my late 50’s. My time on this earth is running out and my book needs to get done. Because, one day not so far off, I will be gone.

 

 

Author’s Bio

Michael St JamesMichael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries – doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas.

As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision.

The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.

Connect with Michael:  Website Twitter  ~  Pinterest

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Review: Dear World from Joplin with Love

   

dearworldTitle: Dear World from Joplin with Love

Photographer:  Robert X. Fogarty

Genre:  Art, Current Events

Publisher:  George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

Publication Date:  2013

Description: Dear World, From Joplin With Love, was a project sponsored by Spiva Center for the Arts and Freeman Health System. It was an art exhibit featuring photographs of Robert X. Fogarty of people who were affected by the Joplin tornado as well as first responders, volunteers, and city officials who expressed their feelings in a unique way. This book contains all of the photographs that he took as well as stories of many of the people.

Review:

I own a bookstore in Joplin, MO, and was approached by Spiva Center for the Arts to sell this book for them. Of course I had to check it out before I put it on the shelf for sale. The first couple of pages have some photos of the damage from the tornado as well as messages from the photographer, Robert X. Fogarty,  the president and CEO of Freeman Health System, Paula F. Baker, and the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts, Jo Mueller. They explain how the art exhibit and the book came to be.

There are also some survivor stories at the beginning of the book which are still heart-wrenching for me to read. I know it helps the survivors to tell their stories, and many people find them interesting to read, but it’s still difficult for me. The rest of the book is devoted to interesting photos of people who were involved with the tornado in some way, whether as survivors, volunteers, or workers. I found it inspiring to see the messages these people brought to the pages, and in such a unique way: written on their bodies with marker.

Dear World from Joplin with Love is an inspirational work of art. It gives all of us, whether affected by the tornado or not, messages of hope and examples of the human capability to carry on. You can find this book at on  Amazon.