Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger with Giveaway

Today's book is not necessarily intended for an younger audience, but children will be just as fascinated by this as adults. Maybe more so. This is a book of photographs from various moments of life around the world. There are no words, making this a wonderful journey for every age group to dive into. I, as a kid, and my own children enjoy flipping through these type of books and discovering what the world holds. So, I wanted to include it here on Bookworm for Kids.

by Debra Schoenberger
Adult non-fiction / Photography
Documentary / Street Photography / Travel
104 pages

Tour dates: March 5 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: G

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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This is a quick journey through several countries from the view of a street photographer. Debra Schoenberger has captured glimpses of moments, which range from curious to interesting, and combined them into a book which induces emotions and thoughts.

The photographer offers a few short words, where she explains the general background behind the collection as well as a brief explanation of her style. But she is a photographer and lets the pictures speak for themselves.

A world of color, human quirkiness, oddities and simple, every day emotions open up in the following pages. The locations where the photographs were taken hold as much variety as the subjects themselves. Everything from shoes to people to shops to animals are captured as unaware and natural as daily life alone can provide. The photographs are not organized in any recognizable fashion, but flow as unexpected as life itself. Some provoke thought and draw out emotions, while others leave a smirk and a smile. 

Most of the pages hold four photographs, none related to the other. This supports the entire idea of seeing the unexpected and witnessing life's variety. There is something for everyone, and moments which will evoke different reactions in different people. The book is as living as its material. This, however, is not something that can be enjoyed in one sitting, but invites to be thumbed through time and again. And each visit is guaranteed to reveal something new.

One Question for Debra Schoenberger!

Can you tell us about any female photographers that inspire you?

Dorothea ​Lange was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.
During World War II, Lange photographed the evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans in camps. Her photos captured life in the internment camps and the often raw emotions displayed by the people who were uprooted from their homes and forced to live in the camps.

Desiree Dolron - Dutch photographer and filmmaker

Her oeuvre ranges from documentary photography and still lifes to portraiture and film.

Vivian Maier - street photographer

Vivian was a nanny for most of her life and on her days off she would walk around Chicago snapping shots of people and things of interest.  She consistently took photos over the course of 50 years and put together one of the most fascinating collections of American life in the second half of the 20th century.

​These women all have very unique styles.  Studying their respective portfolios ​opens my eyes to new possibilities and ways of seeing the world.  How I would have loved to been able to work side-by-side with them!  Vivian Maier had a cheeky sense of humour and it shows through in her photographs.

And here she is. . .

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

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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Sandra Watts said...

This looks really interesting.

Fee Roberts said...

I don't know what happened to my comment, but these are beautiful photos.