Featured book: The Sarcastic Lens


(Issue 68, Autumn 2014)

The Sarcastic Lens

By Richard & Amy Lynn (self-published)
The Lynns are everyday travellers like you, who have produced a book of their (really good) photographs along with very humorous commentary. Our preview was very funny. Here follows their letter to us:

Sarcastic_Cover_Flat“My name is Richard Lynn. My wife, Amy, and I have just self-published a 280 page coffee table book entitled: “The Sarcastic Lens: An Ordinary Couple’s Photographic Journey through the Animal Kingdom.” As the name implies, the book is a light-hearted journey photographing animals around the world. We visit all seven continents and over 40 countries. The book contains over 700 photographs, all of which were taken by either Amy or me. It is all presented in a top 100 format which makes it easy to read all at once or from time-to-time when the spirit moves you.   Many of the images are from Africa, a continent we have visited seven times over eight countries.

We believe that the readers of Travel Africa magazine would enjoy reading our story and about the places we have visited and the animals we have photographed. First of all, Amy and I are just two ordinary 60-year olds, each with a regular job and a sense of humor, who like to travel and photograph wildlife. We are not professional photographers. This would give the readers a different perspective than the one they normally get from the professional photographers who dominate the articles in these types of magazines. We use normal camera equipment; no tripods and no Photoshop. People might be able to relate more to this. One of the points of our book is that is that if we can take these photographs, so too can almost anyone. You do not have to sit alone in a blind for days on end to capture wonderful images nor do you have to have a masters degree in camera operation. We travel to destinations in Africa your readers want to see. Next, while the photographs are eye-catching, we like to think that it is the commentary that sets the book apart. As we like to say: come for the photos, but stay for the stories. The stories are often amusing and, as the title suggests, sometimes downright sarcastic. An interview with us would be the same.  The book is not your typical animal book giving you the gestation period of a giraffe and the lifespan of an elephant. It is our absurdist view of the animal world with excellent photos to accompany it. Yet, it provides just enough information to also be somewhat educational. Finally, while the book covers a wide variety of animals from all over the world, it certainly covers enough of the African animals as to be very relevant to your magazine. It will be fun for your readers to not only see the African animals, but to also see them interspersed with an incredible variety of animals from around the world.  Not since the days of Noah’s ark have so many diverse animals been gathered in one place.

Thanks so much for your time.”

Richard Lynn


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