Visions of Light

Inspirational Poetry, Stunning Photography

Fiction - Literary
144 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Visions of Light: Inspirational Poetry, Stunning Photography is a work of non-fiction featuring both the poetic arts and practical photography advice, and was penned by author Raymond J. Klein. Written in two sections, we are first introduced to what our subtitle hints at as the author showcases many impressive photographs, each accompanied by poems that probe deeper into the imagery. In the second section of the book, the author then proceeds to explain how to discover viewpoints and perspectives on photographic subjects and produce images that have this same inspiring effect. What results is a comprehensive yet concise guide on entering the world of photographic expression.

Author Raymond J. Klein has produced a volume that bridges a very important gap between the subjective world of art and the professional spheres in which art is used, such as journalism and advertising. Budding photographers as well as other artists looking to step into this as a new medium for their expression will find so much value amongst the narrative and practical steps included in this book. The author offers a wealth of experience from much time spent behind the camera, and the narrative style is accessible, not overloaded with jargon or insider talk. The first section is especially useful when looked at again after reading the second, as the examples really shine once you understand how they were formed. Overall, I would highly recommend Visions of Light to everyone seeking to move into photography either for pleasure or profit.

Vernita Naylor

We can all look at the same thing yet walk away from it with a different perspective, whether it's something visual, written, or heard. But how many of us take the time to let beauty envelop us in its essence? In Visions of Light: Inspirational Poetry, Stunning Photography by Raymond J Klein, the reader will be able to experience over fifty poems by various authors coupled with colorful illuminating photography. This book will keep the reader excited and engaged from the beginning to the end. As an added bonus, the author provides background history on each beautiful photo image, some of which were inspired by his world travels, won various types of accolades, and been featured on an LP cover. The reader will also learn a lot about how the photographs were created, including the camera used.

I loved how Raymond J Klein combined the poems with beautiful images because it created a sensory illusion that helped to tap into my imagination. Through this element of imagination, it establishes a connection to both the poem and the image which helps to develop an interpretation of what I read and saw. There were so many poems and photography to enjoy that I want to mention a few: Pacific Moon (image), Incandescent Echo Flare (poem and image), Finch Songs (poem and image), and One to One (poem and image. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it as well. If you love poetry and photography, Visions of Light is a beautiful marriage made in imagery. Highly recommended.

Tiffany Ferrell

While the photography in Visions of Light belongs to the talented Raymond J. Klein, the beautiful poems that fill the first part of the book belong to various writers and poets, used to give an in-depth picture and meaning to the photos that are displayed. In part two of the book, Klein breaks down each photo in the book, describing how he created such unique designs and the methods he used to achieve how the images turned out.

Visions of Light is a very beautiful photography and poetry book. When I first started reading, I must admit that I wasn’t sure how both would mesh together but as soon as I was reading, the photos became visual aids that helped me really understand and interpret the poems better. My three favorite poems were Moods Of A Saxophone, Leap Into Action, and Catch Your Voice. With the photographs, I found I could relate to the first two poems, being someone who loves music and dance. The third poem really spoke to me because I am a writer. I enjoy writing and I use it as an outlet for dealing with stress and anxiety. The images that I enjoyed the most were Pacific Moon, The Newsboy, and Mount Hood At Lost Lake. I always enjoy seeing nature and outdoor photography. Pacific Moon and Mount Hood definitely did not disappoint in that aspect. The Newsboy has a vintage feel that transports you back to a place in time. Overall, I was really impressed with this book and I hope to see more poetry from the writers in this book as well as more work from Raymond Klein.

Mamta Madhavan

Visions of Light: Inspirational Poetry, Stunning Photography by Raymond J. Klein is, as the title suggests, a stunning collection of photographs and poems that will take readers on an enthralling journey and will encourage them to discover their own imagination and creativity. The images are a melange of designs, abstracts, scenics, close-ups, action photography; fabulous images to go with the words that will leave readers awestruck and wanting more. So without further ado, let us explore the book and get motivated to explore the hidden thoughts and emotions inside us.

Divided into two parts, Experiments, Experiments Explained, the collection reaches out to all types of readers. Ekphrastic poetry has always been popular right from the times of Homer and Horace. What makes it appealing is that visual art and words leave readers to interpret the author's thoughts and minds in myriad ways. The colors are bright and some of the photographs, images, and poetry will evoke a zen-like feeling in the minds of poetry lovers. It is so difficult to choose a favorite image or a poem from this collection. Every single picture and the poems are insightful, meaningful, and profound and are good tools to help readers perceive the world with a fresh approach. The words as well the images shared in the book are exquisite and will take readers on a magical literary trip. The poems are well worded, evocative, and ethereal, and the poet's thoughts of explaining the images and words will guide readers who are interested in art and photography to channel their inner talents and come up with their dream works.

Rabia Tanveer

Visions of Light: Inspirational Poetry, Stunning Photography by Raymond J Klein is a collection of poems and photographs that will bring a different kind of serenity. Unique and astonishingly rich, the author uses these poems to set the tone for his pictures and give his readers some simply wonderful photographs to enjoy. The first part of the book is all about those lyrical poems and stunning pictures, while the second part is about explaining the techniques he used and how aspiring photographers can benefit from his advice. He shares the techniques he used for aperture shapes, light exposures, and editing skills in Adobe Photoshop that will help photographers. He also goes into detail about filters and different digital techniques he used to bring his traditional photography to life. His diligence, the poems he used, and the techniques he shares make this more than just a book on photography.

Experienced professionals and newbies will find the information in Visions of Light very helpful. Raymond J Klein gives a step-by-step guide to processes he used and enough information so that anyone with a passion for photography can improve their skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the poems by Toni Partington; they had a depth that made me feel connected and emotional. As for the photographs, I am no expert at photography, but some of the pictures shared by the author are breathtaking. The more abstract pictures are artful and fascinating at the same time. Some of the pictures will make you think “where is the light is coming from” and you will look a little closer and fall in love with those pictures even more. I can only imagine how amazing this book would be in hard copy.