Item description for Alta Colombia: Splendor of the mountain by Cristobal von Rothkirch & Juan Pablo Ruiz Soto...
Ever since they were formed in remote geological eras, emerging from the depths under the earth's crust, the mountain ranges of our planet have appeared to dominate the world. Magical in their silence and seemingly indestructible ,mountains have been viewed by people living near them as sacred places-dwellings of gods and birthplaces of forces that rule human destinies-and colossal manifestations of elemental power.
Ascending to the summits of the Andes,Cristobal von Rotkirch begins his photographic essay, Alta Colombia, on their slopes, in the world of the highlanders, portraying settlements and farmIand, and revealing a way of life intimately finked with the moun-tains that remain aIways in view.
Leaving behind the world of mankind, the photographer captures the serene beauty and vitality of the Andean forests, transparent waters, vast open spaces, and endless skies. He guides the reader through the high moorlands, with their ecosystem so critical to the conservation of the water resources of the nation. There, millions of frailejones and other species of exotic plants stand, like taciturn armies, catching the midst and regulating the balance irrigation o the basins that originate there.
On the upper high moorlands, plant life dissapears, giving way to ancient glacial beds and moraine and ultimately to perpetual snow. Viewing the photographs taken of these icy peaks in the clear mountain air the reader is forced to reflect on man's smallness, and to stand still, in awe of the severe beauty of land this landscape.
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Studio: Villegas Editores
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.36" Width: 9.38" Height: 1" Weight: 3.92 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1998
Publisher Villegas Editores
ISBN 9589393268 ISBN13 9789589393260
Availability 0 units.
More About Cristobal von Rothkirch & Juan Pablo Ruiz Soto
Enrique Santos Molano is the author of "Adios Panama," He has written for "El Tiempo" newspaper since 1963 and currently writes a column under the pen name Juan Amarillo. Cristobal von Rothkirch is a photographer whose images have been featured in "Bogota viva," "Cerros de Bogota," and "Historia del cafe de Guatemala,"
Reviews - What do customers think about Alta Colombia: Splendor of the mountain?
A work of artistic brilliance Nov 24, 2002
It would be an injustice to call this book a photographic essay. Instead I prefer to call Alta Colombia: Splendor of the Mountains, "a work of artistic brilliance." This book is a stunning and powerful portrayal of Colombia's mountains. Unfortunately few people outside the borders of Colombia are aware of the "summits and perpetual snows that crown the great mountain range of the Andes."
To that end, Cristóbal von Rothkirch and Juan Pablo Ruiz are knowledgable environmentalists and expert mountain climbers who mangage to capture breathtaking scenes from remote areas of Colombia. We have had this book on our coffee table for years. And it always manages to get rave reviews. With the holidays coming up soon...I think it is a great gift idea.
This book is not limited to mountains. It also includes impressive frames of giant condor's, other rare birds, rocks, fields, native indians,plants and much more. "Alta Colombia: Spendor of the Mountains" is a book filled with a wide display of colors, some are soft and while others are quite bold. It also boasts some great photographs of nature's intimate relationship with the sun. Colombia is blessed with great beauty. This book captures the majestry of Colombia's natural treasures.
BREATHTAKING look at LOS ANDES Jul 3, 2002
What a beautiful book! The pictures of the High Andes in Colombia are exquisite and moving... By far one of my most valued books on photography from Los Andes. If you can't take a visit to the region in person, buy this book and let the spirit of Los Andes overtake you....Another excellent--although difficult to find--photography book of this region is LOS ANDES VENEZOLANOS by Gabriel Gazso.
MOUNTAINS & SENSIBILITY Jul 1, 2002
ALTA COLOMBIA is a beautifully done book. It illustrates Colombia's magnificent countryside with a superb photographic work. Just by seeing the front page, you can tell Cristobal von Rothkirsch is an artist of great talent, but overall a being with enormous sensibility, who has been deeply in contact with the mountains'spirit. I was very lucky to meet him here in Guatemala, and have not lost hope that he may come back to climb and feel our unique volcanoes, so we can get them printed for the world to enjoy...
Excellent Book Feb 22, 2002
This book is loaded with beautiful photos and has great commentary . A must for anyone interested in this great country. It's a great coffe table book, but I wouldn't put it near anyone's dirty clumsy hands. enjoy