Devon Photographic Books

Devon in Photographs

Devon has a great diversity of beautiful landscapes, breathtaking coastline and historical heritage.

Photographer Jonathan Neale has captured Devon s essence in this collection of stunning images. With rugged moorland and hills, peaceful villages and towns, beautiful rural landscapes and river valleys, magnificent coastline, scenic estuaries, fascinating wildlife, and man-made treasures, Devon in Photographs displays the south of the county at its best.

For those who are proud to live in the county, as well as those visiting, this book is a must.

Look through these photographs and you will quickly see why this area in the South West of England has such enduring appeal.

Beautiful Devon: A portrait of a county

Beautiful Devon is a photographically led book, showcasing the beauty of the county of Devon, in southwest England.

It is intended as a photographic memento of life in or a visit to Devon, covering many of the most well known visitor locations, such as Torbay, Plymouth, Clovelly and the beaches, plus Dartmoor, east Devon and Exmoor.

Not just locations but also annual events are included, such as some of the agricultural shows, Plymouth’s annual summer fireworks, Shaldon Water Carnival, and Ottery St Mary’s Tar Barrels, to name just a few.

The book’s first chapter is mainly text, illustrated by some photos, giving an overview of Devon’s landscape, environment and wildlife, along with some of its main cities and towns, plus overviews of the farming, fishing and tourism industries.

The remaining four chapters are photoessays covering different parts of the county.

  • Chapter 2 covers Exeter and east Devon, taking in the Topsham, Lympstone, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer and Honiton areas.
  • Chapter 3 covers the Riviera, reaching from Torbay to Plymouth, and taking in the Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth, Bantham, Salcombe and Plymouth areas.
  • Chapter 4 covers Dartmoor and the heart of Devon, taking in many locations and views across the national park, plus landscapes, gardens and events in rural mid-Devon.
  • Chapter 5 covers north Devon and the Devonian part of Exmoor, covering the village of Clovelly, the coast of the Hartland region, the estuary of the Taw and Torridge Rivers, the surfing beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay and Woolacombe, the town of Ilfracombe, and the landscapes and coast of Exmoor, including Lynton and Lynmouth.

A Picture of Devon

Devon means many things to many people.

Whether it be her picturesque thatched cottages of colourwashed cob, the deep-cut lanes, rolling green hills and embosomed farms that epitomise the county. Or perhaps it is her wave-lashed cliffs, sandy coves or sweeping moorland that first spring to mind.

Whatever it may be, one thing is agreed, her scenery is unsurpassed and of a variety that is unequalled in all England. Its landscape has always been a haven for the creative spirit and has not only inspired artists, but poets and writers too, both native and visitors alike.

This beautifully illustrated volume is aimed at all those who have a love of Devon, those who appreciate art, and those who simply enjoy a good book. Here, brought together for the first time, are a number of Devon’s most celebrated contemporary artists who have been chosen, not only for their diversity of styles and methods of working, but also for the obvious passion they have for the Devon landscape They include: Lionel Aggett * Stephen Brown * Colin Allbrook * Andrew Coates * Alan Cotton * Alwyn Crawshaw * Stuart Edmondson * John Hammond * Judy Hempstead * Michael Hill * John Hoar * Robert Jennison * Paul Lewin * Michael Morgan * Tina Morgan * Robert Mountjoy * Martin Proctor * Keith Stott * Richard Thorn * BarryWatkin * TonyWilliams.

Each takes the reader to their favourite haunts, describing to the author their passion for the county, and the inspiration behind their art. A Picture of Devon is destined to become of the region’s classics.

South Devon Coast from the Air

Photographing Cornwall and Devon: Including Dartmoor and Exmoor

PHOTOGRAPHING CORNWALL AND DEVON is a photography-location guidebook.

Boasting much of the UK’s most spectacular coastline, together with endless rolling hills of patchwork countryside and the high moorland of Exmoor and Dartmoor, the South West is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and is rich with photographic potential.

Author and professional photographer Adam Burton describes 70 of the best locations in Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset for photography in this lavishly illustrated photography-location guidebook featuring 300 stunning photographs, including detailed advice on how to take great photographs.

The book features seascapes and beaches, Cornish tin mines, headlands and cliffs, villages and harbours, taverns and inns, packhorse bridges and megalithic sites, churches, rolling patchwork countryside, waterfalls, streams and mystical woodlands, granite tors and moorland.

There are detailed OS maps with directions and co-ordinates for each location, location accessibility notes, best time of day and year including seasonal highlights, sun compass, photographic tips and techniques, special advice on long exposures for seascape photography.

Panoramic Dartmoor

The wide open sweep of Dartmoor’s unique character has featured in countless books of photography, but none has captured it so well as photographer Adrian Oakes in this new book Panoramic Dartmoor.

A landscape on a large scale demands a book of similar proportions and here, spread across double pages of lavish proportions, are some of the
most glorious images that nature can provide.

From springtime bluebells carpeting boundless meadows, to the purple and golds of autumn colours, and from mist shrouded tors to rushing rivers, the essence of Dartmoor is captured here.

Dartmouth: An Enchanted Place

Painting and sculpture, poetry and adventure, the present and the past, the local and the cosmopolitan, all belong to this exploration of the Dartmouth area.

Extraordinary natural beauty is captured in art going back to the 17th century; a multi-layered and often glorious past is discovered behind modesty today.

At the end of the road, the area is a springboard to a highway by sea, and modern yachtsmen sail off in the wake of kings and pilgrims, crusaders and explorers, emigrants and invasion forces. Much of the cultural heritage uncovered in this book is surprising and new.

John Masefield, Robert Graves, Flora Thompson and Nevil Shute as well as Agatha Christie were inspired by the Dart; with Queen Victoria came the Prince of Wales and his friends who spawned little-known local inventors of marine engines, motor-cars and gliders.

The book displays Lucien Pissarro’s pastoral vision and publishes for the first time delicate sketches by Turner; it explores how the same stretch of the Dart inspired the pre-Christian vision behind Bridget McCrum’s minimalist modern sculpture and Graves’ writing on the same mythology.

‘Dartmouth: An Enchanted Place’ is all about looking again at this quiet coastal area – through the eyes of the artists who dress it up and the voices of the historians and writers who write it down. It is about the people who made a unique place and those who have preserved it.

The South Hams Coast

Gerry Miles is an accomplished landscape painter who shares his time between his family home in The Netherlands and his retreat in Hope Cove, South Devon. He has devoted five years to an intensive study of the South Hams Coast, encapsulating this area of outstanding natural beauty in a series of stunning acrylic paintings.

His fascination with the play of light, the nuance of tones, and the subtle contributions that aerial perspective and colour harmony make to the ambience of a scene, results in his ability to capture nature’s elusive moods and atmospheres throughout the seasons.

60 beautiful landscape paintings reproduced in full colour are supplemented by 62 detailed pencil drawings that are vignettes symbolising the character and essence of the Devon coast and countryside.

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