K-scopes, by Nigel Williams
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Have you ever wondered what you would see if you took a kaleidoscope out and about with you, and directed its amazing optics at all sorts of everyday scenes and objects?
Self-confessed 'details' photographer Nigel Williams has taken his obsession with extracting abstract fragments of the things he sees around him to the next logical step: that is, to replicate these 'extractions' many times and re-assemble them in unfamiliar ways (just as a kaleidoscope might) to create completely new worlds.
This book is the result: a collection of fascinating new images which encourage the viewer to look at the world around them with a renewed interest.
The book is divided into two parts, to satisfy the needs of two different approaches to the images: the main part contains solely images, accompanied by simple captions, no more; the second part behaves as a reference to the main part, describing the artefact or scene from which each k-scope image was derived, along with the source image for each one. So, for those viewers who would like to 'retain the magic', the images can be viewed in isolation; for the curious, who are intrigued by the images, and want to know more about them, the secrets are there in the second part!
10"x8" Landscape format, 120 pages, full colour, 59 images, 12-page reference section; price softcover: £32.37/US$50.54/€40,15 + shipping, hardcover: £39.63/US$64.24/€51,56 + shipping
(note that prices may fluctuate slightly due to variations in exchange rates and printing charges).
This book is also available as eBooks for Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle.
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Here are some more examples of the fascinating images found within K-scopes:
A large exhibition of images from the "K-scopes" book was shown at Ace Space, Newbury (Berkshire, UK) from February to December 2015. This exhibition can now be seen at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Oxford, UK), from 7th November 2016 until January 2017. For more information, see the item on the News/Blog page.
K-scopes for iPad
The "K-scopes" book is now available as an eBook for the Apple iPad. We'd much rather you bought a 'proper' printed version of course, but if you want something much cheaper and 'disposable', and you enjoy looking at books on your iPad, then now we can handle that too!
K-scopes for Kindle
The "K-scopes" book is now available for the Amazon Kindle e-book reader. The Kindle edition has been built with direct links between the main images in part one, and their respective 'secrets' in part two - to get away from the page-flipping which could happen when reading the printed version and wanting to know everything about each image!
If you want to see what the Kindle edition looks like before buying, Amazon allow you to try a 'free sample' from the links above - just look in the 'Try it free' box on the right of their page. This will allow you to load for free into your Kindle reader-of-choice a subset of the book, including the table-of-contents, foreword, introduction, and the first few K-scopes images.
(Please note that, if you use these links to buy from Amazon, they pay us a small percentage - which they don't if you navigate to Amazon independently - so help us out!)
If you don't have a Kindle, and don't want one, but you'd still like to buy and view the cheap Kindle edition of K-scopes, free reading apps are available for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones.
To keep the "K-scopes" concept lively and interesting, we have constructed a new way of distributing K-scope images. At regular intervals (or every time a new image is created), we post an image to our new 'K-scopes Blog' website, where viewers have an opportunity to comment on it. Every three months or so, we will publish a K-scopes 'magazine', which will contain a selection of the images accumulated in the Blog since the last magazine was published. This makes it possible to build up a K-scopes Library, without spending too much money. You will also have the opportunity to influence, and contribute to, the content of each magazine - because if we put up an image and everybody says "I hate that" - we'll leave it out! But if you make some interesting observations or constructive comments, we could include those!
If you want to be notified each time a new image is posted, you can subscribe to the blog by entering your email address under 'Subscribe to Journal' in the Blog menu panel (not forgetting to hit the 'Go' button!).
Amateur Photographer magazine review
A review by Jeff Meyer of the "K-scopes" book was published by Amateur Photographer magazine (the world's oldest consumer weekly photographic magazine) in their 1st May 2010 issue. Jeff's review stated:
"Williams has created an intriguing series of images in which he's taken his subject, copied it, flipped and rotated it to create a picture in a style that might be created through the use of a kaleidoscope. This is one of the more unique books we've seen in a while, and some of the subject choices are quite clever. Best of all, in back Williams shows us thumbnails of the original pictures from which he took his subjects to give us a sense of wider context. This book is a clever lesson in always looking closer at the smaller details."
Amateur Photographer double-page spread:
Amateur Photographer enlarged:
The Amateur Photographer website is here.