NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK
Better Moments’ Silk Road Workshop 2017 published as a book
This Christmas, the friends and family of John Eaton were given a very personal Christmas gift in the shape of a beautiful coffee table book about Better Moments’ Silk Road Workshop 2017 (above) to “show them what we encountered on our ‘Great Adventure’,” he explains.
The photo book relates the journey along the ancient Silk Road travelled by the group and is richly illustrated by John Eaton’s lovely images, many of them in his trademark black-and-white.
“Black and white photography has always been my first love – the simplicity, elegance, drama, timelessness and richness that it can bring to an image — the contrasts between light and dark, areas of luminance and tonality, and the abstractions of lines, shapes and forms: for me that is the “special” quality that heightens the emotion and impact of the image,” he says.
Each chapter of the book introduces the culture, landscapes and history of the places that the group encountered on the workshop, which was led by renowned National Geographic photographer Mike Yamashita and Better Moments CEO Christian Nørgaard.
About the ancient Silk Road, John Eaton writes in his introduction to the book:
“Throughout antiquity, intrepid merchants with their caravans of Bactrian (two-humped) camels carried merchandise across some of the biggest deserts in the world and over its highest mountains, from eastern China to India, Persia, Central Asia and Europe. To combat the extreme challenges of desert, sandstorms and thirst, plus high altitude and (more) thirst, and perhaps most dangerous of all, the attentions of armed gangs of marauders, the merchants organised large, protected caravans of 1,000 or more camels to traverse the road.”
Enjoy a selection of his Silk Road images here.