Friday, 21 June 2013
Snapshots by Mark Hamer
Author; Mark Hamer
Source; NetGalley, in exchange for a honest review.
Publisher; Oni Press
Publication Date; October 16th 2013
Description; Double Fine Productions and Oni Press present to you, "Snapshots," a collection of "remastered" photographs (and the stories behind them) brought to you by animator, artist extraordinaire, and Art Director at Double Fine Productions, Mark Hamer. This book collects the first 180 pieces Mark created over the years in a lovely little format. It features the whimsical, the tragic, and the humorous all wrapped in a layer of nostalgic imitation photographs.
Goodreads Average Rating; 2.00*s
My Rating; 1.5*s
My Review; Snapshots, like most photography books, was a quick read. That is part of the reason I like small photo books. The other is that they are usually funny or inspiring. This book...we neither.
Snapshots is a book that contains vintage photographs made to look like paintings. The photos are remastered. They also have captions.
Doesn't sound so bad right?
"This book collects the first 180 pieces Mark created over the years in a lovely little format. It features the whimsical, the tragic, and the humorous all wrapped in a layer of nostalgic imitation photographs."
This is from the description.
The book, yes, it contained those 180 photos, but I didn't particularly find it "humorous," or "whimsical." Tragic, now that might be the right word for the book.
Some of the photos...weren't that great quality. I mean, I understand these are vintage photos that have been remastered...it's just...the fact that they were made to look like paintings...it made them lose some of the quality they might have otherwise had.
My problem wasn't so much with the photos themselves though. My problem lies within the captions. There isn't really anything funny about them. And some are just...mean really. And others just stupid. I wouldn't recommend this book.