Acadia National Park : A Centennial Celebration
Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration is photographer Tom Blagden Jr.’s second book of photography on Acadia. In addition to sharing the beauty of the national park with both those who know and love it and those who have never ventured into the park, this book is a celebration of the century that has passed since Acadia was first recognized as a national park and a portion of the proceeds support Friends of Acadia—a group that works to preserve the natural beauty of the park.
Blagden’s photography directs the viewer’s eye to moments, not locations, within the park. A wave crashes white against a cliff of black stone, bright moss creeps over the gnarled roots of a tree beside a stone bridge, the night sky is pinpricked with stars. Each of these photographs succeeds in capturing the beauty of the park, of course, but more remarkable is the unspoken encouragement to slow down and appreciate the beauty in the moment.
I absolutely love the photography in this collection—it’s hard to find any faults. While you get plenty of the typical sunset over a still lake type of photos, Blagden has also done an incredible job of photographing the wildlife at the park—namely the birds of prey, but also baby foxes, hummingbirds, and harbor seals. There are also some amazing close up shots of flowers and dew drops. Across the board, this is a great book for nature lovers, photography buffs, ocean goers, or any combination thereof.
Tom Blagden Jr., David Macdonald, Contributor, Sheridan Steele, Contributor, Christopher Crosman, Contributor, Christopher Camuto, Contributor