Monday, March 19, 2018

"Walk With Me" by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me
by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger

Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger is currently on tour with iRead Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on India.

Welcome to my book of weird; pairs of shoes waiting for their owners, a cat for sale in a shop window, and chairs on walls.
Street photography like you've never seen before - or have you?
Whenever I'm asked “which is the best camera?” I pretty much respond: “the one you have on you.” In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.
This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual, and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.
As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches, and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.
I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.
Everyone sees the world differently, and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.
~ Debra Schoenberger


View a free preview here.

Praise for the Book
“This is an amazing book for those who love to look at great photos, and for those starting out in photography, to teach them to see a unique photo in ANY moment!” ~ Bless Their Hearts Mom
“While there aren't any words to read, but there are beautiful and noteworthy photos that each tell their own story. […] If this book doesn't inspire you to break out your camera (even if it is on your cell phone) and take photos of things around you, I don't know what will!” ~ StoreyBook Reviews
“This would make a good coffee table book. It’s a book to pick up over and over to look at the photos again and again. It is a book for all ages to enjoy.” ~ Dawn
“Walk with Me is a welcome change of pace and diversion that is calming and doesn't have any expectations. Look at the pictures. Think about the pictures. Enjoy the pictures. There are no words, and overall, not really a single theme that readers will necessarily recognize – though some groupings are themed.” ~ Hall Ways
“This is a quick journey through several countries from the view of a street photographer. Debra Schoenberger has captured glimpses of moments, which range from curious to interesting, and combined them into a book which induces emotions and thoughts. The photographer offers a few short words, where she explains the general background behind the collection as well as a brief explanation of her style. But she is a photographer and lets the pictures speak for themselves.” ~ Tonja Drecker

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Walk With Me is a collection of around 300 photographs taken by the author in the streets of her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, as well as during her overseas travels to places such as India and Italy. Most of the photos were taken with her cell phone, as this is the camera she always has with her. She seems to have a particular interest in dogs, cats, shoes, cars, trains, bicycles, doorways, shop windows, architectural details, children, and other people taking photographs. She also includes several self-portraits.
The photographer has the knack of framing the images just right. Through her eyes, we see familiar objects (such as milk crates) as works of art and ordinary people as anything but. Some images are in black and white, while others are in vivid color. Photographs are either featured individually or collected into groups of four, or even nine, photographs based on their theme, color, or shape, although some groupings appear quite random. Viewed on my iPad mini, some images are too small or close up to work out what they are. However, this book is only available commercially in paperback, dimensions 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches, so that shouldn't present any problems. Some of the images are duplicated in the book, while others have previously appeared in her earlier collection, India. I wish there were captions, especially for the photographs taken in other countries. I enjoyed the symmetry of the first and last images in the book (front and back covers).
This book would make a great gift for anybody who is interested in photography but doesn’t think they have anything worthwhile to photograph.

About the Author
Debra Schoenberger
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour, so I'm always looking for the unusual.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card or one of five ebook copies of Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger (open internationally).