Parker’s (See with Your Heart: Thoughts, 1996, etc.) photographic tour of a road trip she took around her native Australia.
In 2013, the author set out from Albany, her home on the southern coast of Western Australia, and drove counterclockwise around the continent with her partner, Doug, documenting the trip via photos of road signs, sites of interest, and natural beauty spots. “Many of the images within this book were taken from a moving vehicle so some may appear blurred,” she warns, but overall, the quality of the images is reasonably high. The nature photography, especially, is impressive; views of Natural Bridge and Glen Helen Gorge are particular standouts. Kakadu National Park is another highlight. Wildlife lovers will appreciate seeing pictures of kangaroos, crocodiles, and Australia’s many magnificent birds. Animals occasionally show up in delightfully unexpected places, like a small green frog huddled under a toilet seat. However, photos of random road signs, tourist information panels, and billboards don’t serve much purpose other than to chart the progress of Parker’s tour; this might have been better accomplished via an ongoing map tracing their route, chapter headings, or more extensive captions—not all scenes are identified. Commentary can lean toward overblown or poorly edited prose; e.g., “You are invited to step inside this book and to immerse yourself into a unique Australia that will surely capture your attention and imagination.” The layout could also be improved; the color photographs often overlap, sometimes obscuring content, which makes the book resemble a jumbled photo album. A couple of images are even repeated.
Resembles a personal scrapbook; still, it may whet the would-be tourist’s appetite for exploring Australia.