If you ever believed that a photography book needs to be a large “coffee table” rendering in order to project the scope and sense of a place, well, think again. Dennis Minty has come up with a simple 80-page book in a modest 8.5 x 6.5 in. format that is not only satisfying and informative, but also gorgeous.
The fly leaf states, in part, “From quiet coves and inlets to sweeping vistas of haunting landscapes, and from living communities to forgotten settlements seemingly lost in time, Minty presents Labrador in all its vivid colour and grandeur …” Readers will be happy to know that the book delivers what it promises.
No doubt the author could have written a weighty tome on the subject of Labrador; instead Minty chose to limit himself to a few words in the introduction, and let his photographs speak for themselves. (The photos are captioned with concise and pithy summations, leaving no questions in the reader’s mind as to where they were taken, or why they were included in the book.)
As you wander through Labrador: The Big Land, you’ll find plenty of birds and wildlife, abandoned settlements, and mournful skies. Each page harbours history — and untold stories. Expect to see alluring photos taken by air showcasing the vastness of the land, down to macro shots such as crowberries tempting you to pluck them off the page.
Altogether it’s a tasty production both in content and style. The photos have room to breathe (as one would expect in Labrador) yet space is not wasted. For anyone who’s not been to Labrador, this book may inspire you to go. If you’ve already visited, or lived there, you’ll be nodding your head, and grateful that the author was able to capture so much in so few pages.
Labrador: The Big Land
by Dennis Minty