Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Photographer: Boza Ivanovic
Preface by Barbara Stauss
Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated
“It became quite clear that every animal had its own distinct personality…. It took hours of observation to get to know each creature as a person and then even more time to await the perfect opportunity for my new “friend’s” persona to come shining through.” Boza Ivanovic writes in the introduction of his classic table book, Out of the Wild: Zoo Portraits.
This one hundred and ninety-two page hard bound book is thirteen by ten inches and devoted to majestic animals that live at the zoo. With no writing except for a one page preface by Barbara Stauss and an introduction by the author that covers almost two pages, there are one hundred and forty black and white photographs of zoo creatures. All photographs either cover the complete page or are presented on a stark white background. The end of the book includes a nine page index listing the animal and its scientific name with a thumbnail of each photograph.
The key to Ivanovic’s dynamic, expressive displays is that there are no bars or glass as the artist tries to capture the unique character of each caged animal. Most photographs are extremely close up, showing hairs, feathers, and fur.
In random and mixed order, the reader may see close up hairs or the teeth and gums on the Zebra, a profile of the Bald Eagle or Red-Tailed Hawk, the graceful antlers of an Addax, Transcaspian Urial, or Nyala, the unwavering stare of the Gray Wolf, Great Horned Owl, or Polar Bear, or the Lion looking upward as if to ask for food.
Between the dramatic contrasts of black and white with minute gray details, one feels the weight of the Hippopotamus, the detail in the Tortoise’s shell, or the Ostriches’’ slim necks along with the Chimpanzees pondering, inquisitive Meerkats, the mother and baby Bactrian Camels, the questioning Barn Owl, or the Great Egret in flight.
With each dynamic display of raw nature, humans can feel and almost touch the page in wonder, fear, and respect for these zoo inhabitants that mankind cherishes and loves. Even though the book is done in black and white with obvious contrasts, the reader can visualize a colorful, alive, breathing wild animal in the large, over-sized photographs.
This book was furnished by Glitterati Incorporated in lieu of an unbiased review.