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The Great Wide Open

New Outdoor and Landscape Photography
Atmospheric photography that follows today’s intrepid adventurers to the most breathtaking places in the world.
Jeffrey Bowman & Gestalten
Release Date: 
February 2015
24.5 × 33 cm
Full color, hardcover, 352 pages
Shop Price: €49.90
Catalog Price: 
€49.90 / $68.00 / £50.00

About This Book

The Great Wide Open is a compilation of photographs that capture and celebrate the new desire for outdoor adventure. From Iceland to Mongolia, this book takes you on a visual journey to some of the Earth’s most breathtaking places.

Lose yourself amidst endless horizons, within the depths of a forest, or on a mountain peak. An inspiring exploration of natural wonders, the book also includes a few stories from the people behind the lens—ordinary people who set out to do extra-ordinary things. 

The Great Wide Open is an ode to the outdoors, bound to awaken a thirst for adventure and prompt you to act on it.

Read More About This Book

As the rhythm of our hectic urban lives continues to speed up, we are increasingly compelled to leave it all behind and escape far into the quiet depths of nature. In great contrast with the claustrophobic metropolitan environments most of us live in, the photographs featured in The Great Wide Open depict wondrous sites that will take you on a visual journey through faraway lands from Canada to Lesotho, as seen by those who have climbed that mountain and surfed that wave.

Through their silent forests, infinite skies, and crystal waters, these photographs capture the feeling of longing behind the growing search for a certain peacefulness that is lacking in our fast-paced lifestyles. Follow this movement by joining a new generation of outsiders who have an unquenchable thirst for adventure, and see what they see through awe-inspiring images of some of the world’s most beautiful places. Read about their explorations as they share the stories behind the photographs—tales ranging from conquering the unconquerable to preparing good coffee huddled under a pitched tent. Beyond some traditional, timeless landscape photographs, The Great Wide Open features views that are highly personal and full of life.

The outdoor enthusiast, designer, and illustrator Jeffrey Bowman co-edited both this book and our previous release The Outsiders. His experiences and point of view shape the selection of stories and images featured here. These compelling stories by a wide range of other hikers, campers, cyclists, mountaineers, surfers, and globetrotters awaken a craving for new adventures and following the call of the wild.



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