eBook Review “A Sense of Place” a Craft&Vision ebook by Younes Bounhar

sense-coverI have a thing for travel photography books. I love spending time getting immersed into someone else’s adventure via their camera lens. While this is no substitute for your own adventures, it does offer you a glimpse at sights and events that you may never actually see with your own eyes. Enter a new ebook from Craft & Vision, as well as a new author. With that comes a new vision and glimpse into another photographers travels.

Review of  “A Sense of Place: Finding Your Eye at Home and Abroad” by Younes Bounhar

sense-marrakechFor someone to really connect with your images, you the photographer must also have a strong connection. Learning to “see” photographically is the topic  of the majority of ebook, especially here at Craft and Vision for good reason: it is not as easy as it seems. Since this is a book about travel photography, whether at home or abroad, the first section of this book is devoted to the concept of learning to act like a tourist, regardless of your real location. It is obviously much harder to view your home location with the curiosity of a visitor; we end up being oblivious, or better yet, blind to the very things that could be very interesting to a true tourist. I particularly enjoyed the perspective of the author since he grew up in Morocco, but has spent the past several years in Canada. He has seen his new home through the eyes of a tourist, and stayed long enough to be clouded by the fog of the familiar. In his return to Morocco, he has been separated long enough from his homeland to be able to see it through the eyes of a tourist again.

The bulk of the ebook goes by in a blur of wonderful images of the landscape and people-scape of Morocco, and a seemingly endless offering of tips and self assignments. These self assignments are equally applicable whether you are abroad, or in your hometown since they will help you to focus on each image. Eventually even our own unique style or vision can become the very thing that is getting in the way of seeing things differently. For example, I really connected with his own admission as a landscape-first style photographer that capturing the human element of a location was more of a learned trait than one that came naturally. While other photographers may find the opposite to be true.

sense-duneLast but not least is a short section about gear to end the ebook. As much as I love the “vision” and “seeing” parts of these books, there is still a part of me that loves to see what other photographers are using, and more importantly why they have found it useful. Often inside of someone else’s answer, is a question that you may never have thought to ask yourself. Personally I try to ask myself “why” when it comes to equipment. Why do I want to acquire this lens/bag/softbox/filter, etc, How will I use it? Will I use it enough to justify it? What am I willing to leave behind instead of this item. Why do I insist on keeping this item despite the fact I have not used it in a year? The questions can go on and on, but in the end you can achieve much more clarity and focus through selective additions and subtraction to your equipment. It is interesting that the same approach can also result in much more compelling images themselves.

My Take

The beautiful Moroccan images aside, I see this ebook being great for any photographer who is interested in travel style photography, whether domestic or international. There are more than enough nuggets in here to be worth the price of admission.

I also think it can be a great tool for those that are stuck in a rut and are looking for a good series of challenges to spark your creativity. I know I found a few self assignment ideas that I want to try that should result in me seeing my hometown in different ways.


About the Author

Younes Bounhar is a scientist turned travel, architecture, and landscape, photographer. He is based in Ottawa, Canada. His clients include St-Joseph Media, Apex Publications, K2 Impressions, National Institute of Scenic Arts and Music (Spain). His photographs have been featured in several magazines in Canada and abroad (including Canadian Geographic, PhotoLife, PhotoSolutions, Photography Monthly, and Craft & Vision’s PHOTOGRAPH).

Craft & Vision Discounts:

Like any other new release of a Craft & Vision book there are two different discounts that apply for the first 7 days of the eBook’s release (December 18 – December 22, 2012).

  1. Get 20% OFF this eBook title using the discount code (Get PLACE4 for $4): Use discount code PLACE4 at checkout. (note: expires midnight Dec 22/12)
  2. Get 20% OFF when you buy 5 or more ebooks using the code PLACE20 (note: expires midnight Dec 22/12)
  3. Check out the bundles & deals on the sidebar or in my Discount Codes page for all the various bundle discounts that exist.
  4. Jump over to the Craft & Vision site: Click here to visit Craft And Vision.

Leave a Reply