January 17, 2013, 16:00 pm  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.

Check out this fun little book teaser to view some of the book’s wonderful imagery.

We’re giving away not one but three (!) copies 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, January 23. 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 Tuesday, January 24. Click here for  the official rules. And good luck!  This giveaway is now closed. We will be announcing our winners soon!


20 Responses

    Marie Waterman says:

    I plan to gift family members with something sweet and an embroidered valentine pillow/mini pillow/small heart X-stitched picture.

    Giddy Stokes says:

    This year I’ll be working (out of town, and flying home), but we’re going away for the weekend! It’s our 2nd anniversary trip, too! :)

    xstitchdiva says:

    I heart hearts! I am making a heart banner as we speak!

    Dhonna says:

    I like to make valentines to put in the mail and a sweet dessert for my husband <3

    Bevin Coffee says:

    <3 I love to focus on love <3

    justval says:

    I plan on making a special valentine for my daughter! I miss her so much!!

    Lin says:

    Would love a copy. Thank you. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    Glenda says:

    I have a long list of Valentines Day friends…and I’m making cards with a scented sachet enclosed. Something special for my hubby, but I don’t want to spoil the secret!

    Lou says:

    I have collected hearts and heart images for many years. This book would be great for my collection!

    Jade Poirier says:

    I would LOVE! to win this book! <3<3<3

    Linda Milos says:

    Perfect coffee table book! Happy HEART day!!

    Cheryl says:

    I love to put hearts on my quilts. They are a wonderful and warm symbol of love and friendship. My hubs and I are in Key West on vacation and we may go to this restaurant we have been dying to try called Better Than Sex to celebrate Valentines Day.

    Kim Reid says:

    Hoping we celebrate by going out to dinner, thanks for the chance to win!

    Megan R. says:

    Hi! I would love to celebrate valentine’s this year with a big fat smoocheroo! :)

    Gaby says:

    This Valentine’s day I will cook a special meal for my family and start a nice photo album for my mom :) Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

    Charlotte says:

    I’ve bought soooooo many Lark books for myself & to give away, it would be nice to receive a free one!

    Meredith says:

    Our 36th anniversary was yesterday and was celebrated in a rather lack lustre way as we had both been sick with the flu. I’m hoping that we can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a tad more finesse.

    Charlene Gary says:

    happy happy! joy! joy! hearts and flowers and valentines day! being with my husband and our loving pets, snoring and snuggling on the couch

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