Bright lights. Big city. Book of the Week

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You know that line from As Good As It Gets when Jack Nicholson’s character says to his love interest, “You make me want to be a better man.” Well, David Heil’s book makes me want to be a better photographer.

David recently published Cities, a book he tagged with the words: Arty farty, urban, street, monochrome, candids, cityscapes, and London. Yes they’re descriptive tags, but they do not do his book justice.

I was immediately drawn to his moody, monochromatic images, and I was not alone. Bek, who is one of Blurb’s designers and has a degree from Art Center College of Design, saw the book’s preview and called the composition, perspective, lighting, and subject matter “fabulous.” She said that the book had a cinematic feel and she admired the artful contrast David achieves in his photographs. He calls himself an amateur, but we wouldn’t. View it to see for yourself.

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Congratulations, David. You really have a way with black and white cityscapes and you’ve made a gorgeous book. In the book’s introduction, you state that readers are welcome to send you biscuits. In lieu of those, we’re giving you Book of the Week.

So, what’s your favorite city to photograph? And where are you and your camera traveling to next? I need to grab mine and simply hit the streets of San Francisco for practice … still, a photography trip to Sendai, Japan would be nice.

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