February 03, 2012, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark

For many centuries and across cultures, the heart icon has served as a symbol of union, togetherness, passion, love, spirituality and even the essence of the human soul.

Who among us hasn’t spent time prepping a Valentine’s Day card featuring a heart shape cut from colorful paper? Is it even possible to look at a heart without softening just a little into a smile?

The evocative shape takes center stage in our book, FOCUS: Love, one of the books in our series showcasing digital photographers in their quest to see the world around them with perceptive eyes. Whether crafted by human hands, formed by nature or simply pulled together from our own need to make sense from the highly visual world around us—graffiti scrawled on an alleyway wall, the sloping curves of an iron gate, shapes cut from paper by a child, worn stones scattered on a forest floor—hearts can be found almost everywhere … as long as you’re looking. You’ll find 250 photographs by 150 photographers from 30 different countries within the pages of  this book.

View this little book teaser a sampling of the great imagery in the book.

We’re giving away one copy of FOCUS: Love. So, how do you enter for a chance to win? Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 9. Any comment is fine, but you’re welcome to leave a comment letting us know how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. One winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday, February 10. Click here for the official rules. And good luck! This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Christine!


14 Responses

    I live on what’s left of an ancient riverbed. Bad for gardening but great for finding heart shaped rocks.
    I’m always looking for hearts in the world around me.

    DonnaJ says:

    This book looks awesome.  It reminds me of an ancient little man who comes to my camp every summer.  He collects heart shaped rocks – sometimes it takes a little imagination to see the heart but it ALWAYS brightens my day!

    Tamie says:

    Our daughter is getting married on the 11th so my hubby and I plan on relaxing on Valentines Day.

    Laura Reads says:

    We celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary yesterday (Groundhogs Day) and on the 14th we will be helping out our daughter who manages a florist shop. I am a photographer, blogger and professional editor and reviewer. I would LOVE to Focus on this book!

    Wordygirl says:

    Our dog had knee surgery last week, so I suspect we’ll be spending Valentine’s Day the way we’ve spent every day since–tending to him, praising his progress, being thankful for his resilience and for our good vet.  

    justval says:

    Building raised beds in our organic garden with my husband. Not only will I will his belly with organic love food but also his heart !

    Thehappycrochetchic says:

    This looks interesting!!!

    Christine Bolin says:

    I love books like this!  And, I’m amazed that someone could find enough hearts everywhere!

    Helen Moyes says:

    I will be enjoying a break from teaching as it is half term and spending time with my fantastic husband, Nick. Love the book!

    Kenneth Setzer says:

    I want one!!! Not sure how we’ll spend Valentine’s Day yet.

    Martiemr says:

    Love, love, love hearts.

    Wordygirl says:

    I suspect we’ll be spending Valentine’s Day by tending store our sweet dog, Nick, who just had knee surgery. Fine with us, as we love him dearly. If I get busy, we’ll be snuggling under a new quilt, too.

    Appletanisis says:

    Valentin’s Day!!! Woot-Woot!! I had to beg…& beg to get the go ahead token the party & be he snack Mama at my daughter’s preschool! Okay, okay…no one fought me on it! ;) Let’s just think pink, pink, pink!! Lots of hearts: heart shaped food & pink cupcakes. My daughter & I have made cute decorations for the tables & heart tableclothes! Can’t wait ’till next week!

    Maureen says:

    This book looks very unique, you can always find inspiration in photos such as this!

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