Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Book Review: At Home in Sri Lanka


I have always been fascinated by Sri Lanka. If you don't know, Sri Lanka is a beautiful South-Asian island with such close borders to India that the broad mix of styles, spread out over an even broader terrain, have resulted in what I can only describe as a globally chic paradise. It's no wonder that it's known as 'Paradise Isle'. Irish photographer, James Fennell has had photos in more than 15 books, including his newest, At Home in Sri Lanka, which he collected over 3-months while traveling with writer, Tom Sykes. 

The photos are nothing short of captivating. The lifestyles of this culturally rich island come through in technicolor, as he shares his genius in the photos of homes, style, architecture, and interiors of indigenous Sri Lanka. A total of 26-properties over the island are featured in the book, including HH, the luxurious villa of designer and hotelier George Cooper.

Lovely, luscious coffee table books like this one bite at the need to travel, and escape. The photos reel you in, and take you on a journey. So that's what I am going to let them do for you, too! 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

Photo copyright James Fennell as published by Thames and Hudson, AT HOME IN SRI LANKA 

So, have you booked your ticket yet? Isn't it magical? Surely you have room in your luggage for me, right? Well, in the event that you don't have the money to take an island vacation to arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the world, have no fear. You can take a vicarious vacation in your very own living room with the vivid photos captured by James Fennell, and feel like you've personally spoken with the staff and owners of the homes and hotels featured in the book, thanks to the friendly writing of Tom Sykes. Together, they spent months on the island finding the best angle, light, story, and faces to capture so that each page of the book could be transcending. And it is. Grab your copy now: 


And if you're interested in more photography by James Fennell, take a look at his website here, or the other books in which his artistry has been published. 


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