'Just Hanging' by David Rennie captures a yellow spoonbill in flight.

‘Just Hanging’ by David Rennie captures a yellow spoonbill in flight.

Art in Nature
By David Rennie (Exisle Publishing, $55)

From award-winning nature photographer David Rennie, Art In Nature can be described as a photographic exploration of the man’s career, his finest works and most prized subjects.

As such, the publication is as individual as Rennie’s photographic style, juxtaposing realism with the abstract so as to generate a series that provides at least one interpretation of the artistry that pervades everything within nature. Breathtaking wildlife shots are paired with majestic landscapes, all interspersed with the photographer’s anecdotes. But don’t write this one off as just another coffee table centrepiece – this title has as much to give to the appreciators of fine photography as it does aspiring wildlife photographers themselves, as Rennie can’t help but provide the occasional hints, tips and, perhaps mostly, inspiration along the way.

From the very beginning, Rennie provides an explanation of how living with bipolar disorder has been both a blessing and a curse and in doing so demonstrates how passion can overcome just about any personal impediment.

'Oldest Life' - a landscape documenting the thrombolites of Lake Clifton.

‘Oldest Life’ – a landscape documenting the thrombolites of Lake Clifton.

At times, Rennie suggests that his mood swings may have actually assisted in becoming a skilled photographer, stating: ‘It was those manic times, when sleep evaded me for days on end, that kept me out in the field, day and night, stalking the birds I loved to shoot or capturing the perfect second in which light and landscape rendered their magic’.

Regardless of the level on which you connect with Rennie’s work; whether as bird lover, fellow photographer or general outdoors enthusiast, this publication provides honesty, aesthetics and Australian wildlife on every page.