Change your photography by changing your perspective
2019 Hardback Edition / Ewen Bell

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"This book gave me my mojo back. I fell in love with photography all over again."
J. Raven
"I love that you put your heart into every page. As someone once told me, the 'why to' is so much more important than the 'how to'."
J. O'Donnell
"Having travelled with Ewen previously, I couldn't wait to get my hands on ReIMAGINE. I can confidently say it’s the next best thing to booking a tour with him."
S. Mellish
"'Stillness of The Mind' is a section I will return to again and again along with 'The Unique Copy' It is a book that will inspire me to continue to travel and capture the world as I see it and inspire me to be more creative in the stories I share."
L. Herd
"Ewen has shared his passion his photos and his photographic wisdom in print not just to be enjoyed, but experienced."
A. Judd
"I wanted a book to immerse myself into photography, not cameras. This is the book I've been looking for."
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Q + A

Q. Why did you make this book?
After a decade of writing about photography for other publications, I needed to have one volume that was written in my voice without compromise. This is it. Most of the ideas I share here have evolved through experience in the field and the intense conversations that happen on photo tours and workshops. Watching people grasp the meaning of an idea is powerful. Helping them open a doorway and step through is an absolutel joy. This book captures so many of those moments and then turns the lessons into a new journey for someone else to follow.

Q. What is your mantra?
Go Slow. Get Closer. Let the light guide you. Everything comes back to these three foundations and they really will change your photography.

Q. Will this book make me a better photographer?
Definitely. Creativity and expression are the heart of great photography. We tend to think of these as skills to learn, but in truth there's often a bit of unlearning to be done as well. We learn constraints and rules and obstacles, and they end up defining our expression. Somewhere in this book is at least one chapter, or possibly even a dozen, that will speak to you and remove one of those chains that is presently holding back your creativity.

Q. How long did it take to write?
18 months and ten years. I wanted to pull together my most fundamental philosphies and ideas from the last decade of writing for magazines and conversations with my travel companions - to give them a rethink and rewrite them with fresh eyes. At first I thought this was just an editing task for some chapters, but so much of it got a completely new write and it just takes what it takes to get it right. In this case 18 months of waking up and seeing if today's paragraphs are better than yesterday's. It takes patience to work through each chapter, because I can't force the words. Until it's right in my head it won't be right on the page.

Q. Which do you prefer, photography or writing?
I'm a much better photographer than writer, but writing is a deep challenge for me and so I get a wonderful sense of completion from it. Putting the two together is very special.

Q. Why not a digital version?
I want this book to be an experience. You lose so much with a digital rendition, especially the images themselves. The size of the pages and weight of the book are part of the experience. It’s a beautiful object and you’ll feel more inspired by the real thing than a pallid copy that’s been automatically formatted to conform to your iPad.

Q. Is this a “how to book”?
I think of this as a “why to” book more than “how to”. I decided to leave in a few chapters that are technique based, like the slow shutter photography and star trails. These are technical skills that can become part of your creative tool kit. Knowing how to do something is not as useful as knowing why. Understanding yourself and what you want to achieve with your photography is far more important, and will take you further. There is a dance between technical skills and creative expression, so you a little of each to make the magic happen.

Q Why did you make it so big and heavy?
I wanted it bigger to be honest. Is there is anything more lovely than a luscious big book fuill of great images? I was advised to keep the book at a size that the postal service will deliver without being forced into litigation. I don't see books as something to consume and discard. I have a shelf of books that has taken me a lifetime to collect and they keep me grounded. They will also prop up one side of the apartment in the event of an earthquake.

Q. Are you an introvert?
Absolutely. There's even a chapter in the book about the value on introversion in photography. If your nature is to be mindful and aware and considerate of others, that is a powerful foundation for expression that is meaningful and creative.

Q. Why the emphasis on philosophies?
Ideas are more powerful than a camera. It's a game changer to empower your own creativity beyond just the technical appreciation. A lot of people are reluctant to engage in a philosophical debate, as though it were the preserve of academia. I've tried to bring philosophical foundations into an everyday awareness. "Practical Philosophies". You could also think of this as mindfulness in photography. Whatever you call it, if you can change your thinking you can change your photography.

About The Book

  • 264 beautifully published pages
  • Hardcover Edition limited to 1000 copies
  • Gorgeous 10"x12" format
  • Published April 2019
  • ISBN 9780648457190
  • RRP $100

"This book is the very best I can offer. It's who I am. The philosophies I walk through in the book are distilled from my real life experiences before being workshopped, edited and finally published into a hardback narrative of what photography means to me. These are my most treasured secrets. I want this book to inspire people to consider photography as an art form, and as an act of expression. I want them to feel empowered to engage with their own creativity and think of photography as much more than cameras and f-stops."

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About The Author

Mentoring has been a major part of Ewen's life for the last two decades, having designed unique and intimate photography workshops since in 2005. The lessons and conversations from those journeys form the foundation for this book.

  • 15 years experience instructing and running workshops
  • 3 years as Editor at Large for Digital Photography Australia
  • Regular contributor to Digital Photographer in the UK
  • Ambassador for Lumix S-series, Lumix G-series and DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • Contributor to over 20 international travel publications including Food & Travel (UK), Lonely Planet Traveller (UK) and National Geographic (USA)

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Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.

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Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."

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