FOCUS Series Giveaway

May 16, 2011, 11:53 am  Posted by Lark

In recent years, the availability of affordable, high quality, take-with-you-everywhere digital cameras has turned nearly everyone into a budding photographer. And with versatile hosting and sharing sites such as Flickr literally at our fingertips, it is now easier than ever to tap into a massive community of other image enthusiasts.

As an avid amateur photographer myself, I was thrilled when Lark launched the FOCUS series just over a year ago. Each book in this series shines a spotlight on one popular photographic meme, highlighting the variety in which various people interpret that theme. Every unique photograph begins with a point of view, and these books so beautifully demonstrate that each of us look at the world with a different perspective. Jam-packed with hundreds of photos from photographers around the world, each of these books is a testament to the vast richness of our world and the endless ways it can be captured through the lens of a camera.

To celebrate the publication of the newest book in the series, FOCUS: Letters, and to inspire you to look at your world with new photo-hungry eyes, we are hosting a giveaway of the entire FOCUS series. That’s right, one lucky winner will receive the full collection of all four books: Love, Passages, Found Faces, and Letters. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m EDT on Monday, May 23. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear what your favorite photography subject matter is. One winner will be selected at random and contacted on Tuesday, May 24. Click here for the official rules. This giveaway is closed. We will be announcing the winner here very soon!


61 Responses

    Teri Hack says:

     I love the random moments in life for pictures. A laugh, a reflection in a window a puddle. I love shots of the kids jumping also. This series looks fantastic!

    Terri Stegmiller says:

     Oh good golly!  These books look like fun and I’m betting full of inspiration.

    Celeste Gray says:

     looks like great, fun work, nicole! favorite shots have been of any beauty that mother nature holds.

    That Found Faces book is so intriguing!

    Crystal W. says:

    I would love to win these – what great coffee table material!  I am a very novice photographer but love to take pictures of my dog and up close and personal pictures of nature. 

    Muireann says:

    What a great prize! I’d love to win; my husband has a great camera which I’m slowly learning to use, this would be a great help. I love taking photos of animals and plants, spring flowers especially. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Quilter says:

     This is a wonderful prize! i’d be thrilled to win. :) years ago (back in the plain-old-slr days) I took photography courses. Composition rules haven’t changed, of course, but the things your gadget/camera will do certainly have!
    :) Linda

    erica K says:

    Woo!  I would absolutely love to win these!  I thought Faces would be my favorite, but I’m really drawn to the Love cover.

    Annabel says:

    I guess my favorite theme is sky reflections… windows, water and glass – all that works!

    Carrie L says:

    I just photograph for fun–I suppose my favorite subjects are my kids! These look like such fun books. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Michelle G. says:

     (I love my copy of “Passages”!) enthusiastic iphone photographer here, hoping to graduate to a camera-camera soon. favorite subjects — trees, flowers, clouds/skies. love human portraiture, too, but too shy to shoot much of it. :)

    Edie says:

    I am learning to photograph my dogs! Hard to catch them on their eye level without them moving in to lick the camera lense….

    Wordygirl says:

     My favorite subjects are the ones closest to me–figuratively and literally.  Our dogs, cats, and chickens all “star” in my photos.

    Gail says:

    Natural, candid photos are my favorite.

    sewlindaann says:

    I lose track of time when I’m trying to play with close ups of flowers and leaves, but my very favorite are night time photos like the lamp post in a rain or snow and the different play on lights that happen. I just play with the functions because I haven’t learned technically about them YET, but I’ve gotten some really cool shots.

    Daniell says:

    I really love candid portraiture. 

    BigC says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize. I’ve been intrigued lately with things that are abandoned (for their esthetic qualities).

    Sharlyngp says:

    What great inspiration for all kinds of projects!  Count me in for the give-a-way! 

    Sharlyngp says:

    What great inspiration for all kinds of projects!  Count me in for the give-a-way! 

    Sharlyngp says:

    What great inspiration for all kinds of projects!  Count me in for the give-a-way! 

    Sharlyngp says:

    What great inspiration for all kinds of creations as well as just really neat photographs! 

    Sharlyngp says:

    What great inspiration for all kinds of creations as well as just really neat photographs! 

    Sharlyngp says:

    What great inspiration for all kinds of creations as well as just really neat photographs! 

    justval says:

    This book collection looks fantastic, what a wonderful gift. The passages really intrigues me, have always been drawn to doors of all shapes, sizes and colors. Thank you for offering such great giveaway!

    Jannav says:

    I enjoy seeing unique shadows 

    These are great books, I’d be happy to win one, let alone all four. There are so many things to enjoy in photography–I love the unexpected. Found faces are cute, but as a creativity coach, I am drawn to those wonderful, mysterious passages.

    Shannon M. says:

    I love seeing photographs of life in motion.  Catching the perfect shot of a moving person or animal is always breathtaking! 

    chinguri says:

    … i LIKE found faces!

    Denise says:

    Really love night photography.

    Marmar16 says:

    I love children’s faces when they are captivated by something else and unaware that a picture is being taken …. My favorite picture is of my mother with my son, then 3 years old, looking at a sparkler at dusk …. the images are soft-focused and the light from the sparkler lights up and reflects off their faces …. you can feel the innocence and wonder just by looking at this picture …. and taken by a very novice, working mom!!!   I would LOVE to own these books!!!   Thank you!!!!

    AnuschB says:

    what a beautiful idea, and what a source of inspiration … the book covers say a lot already … I didn’t realise how strong a theme ‘passages’ could be until I saw this post …. adn I love ‘found faces’  … one more passage: Grand Case,St Martin, French Carribean a few weeks ago 

    Grace says:

    There isn’t much I don’t like to photograph – flowers, babies, landscapes, animals, weather – love it all!

    christy says:

     i love taking pictures of my friends and family.  i also like trying to capture strange things.

    BeadHostage says:

    My favorite subject to photograph is anything with a lot of color

    Heather says:

     I’m really intrigued by the Passages cover…I wonder what’s behind all those doors and what adventures await you around every corner!

    My favorite subjects would be colorful nature scenes and really ‘messed up’ signs in front of businesses, etc.  Some of them have hilarious (unintentional) misspellings!  ;)

    Phyllis says:

     With the advent of cell phone cameras, I find myself taking tons of pictures of wildflowers and nature, as I live in a rural area.  Looks like a great series of books!

    Reece P says:

     With a degree in photography from the “film era” it was very hard to make the transition to digital.  However, that being said once I took the leap forward I haven’t really looked back.  Having children has really helped that.  It’s so great to see that perfect smile right away.

    debpaint16 says:

     These books look Amazing!!!  I am so thrilled to have the chance to win, Thank You!!debpaint16@aol.com

    Mona Garg says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway. These books are so cool. I would have to say my favorite subject is my daughter. We have taken pictures of her every single day, without fail, since the day she was born 6 years ago. Hubby ordered a new digital camera solely fir this purpose.

    Besides my daughter, I like candid shots, nature, scenery, and unusual/unique objects.

    Barbb says:

    These books are wonderful…..I love to photograph my grandchildren, they are 2,3,3 and 6. Such fun!! I also like to take pictures of interesting architecture elements and nature.  

    Michelle Young says:

    I love to photograph nature, my kitty-babies and the world around me.

    Cintra04 says:

     ..lark yes! XO

    Kelly massman says:

     I’d love to get some inspiration for my photos!!! thanks also for a chance to win!



    Kristin says:

     I love to photograph the sky- it never looks exactly the same. :) Clouds, sunrises, sunsets, I love it all!

    Elizabeth says:

     I need, yes need these books.

    Tracy says:

     Always looking for new things to inspire me – and these books look incredible!

    Daina says:

     This looks like an amazing seriously amazing set of books!

    MemphisWeaver says:

    This series is a lovely concept. I enjoy discovering hidden imagery in handwoven and handprinted textiles.

    Nessoftheforest says:

    Wow – found faces!  I see them everywhere – so glad to know that you have filled a gorgeous book with them too!

    jimcan says:

    The concept for these books is pure genius!  Can;t wait to pour over
    each and every page! 

    I love, love, your books and am really looking forward to this series.  Thank you for being here, there and everywhere (in print and online).   I’m drawn to photographing color – be it human, animal, plant, water, earth, sky, etc.  My photographs are used as references for or in my mixed media art. 

    Carmela says:

    This giveaway is an awesome idea and I’d be thrilled to win!  Each book in this series is incredible.  Photography is such a gentle method of expressing oneself ; I love walking around the neighborhood and finding hidden patterns and textures in leaves and petals that I photograph.

    Catherine Anderson says:

    These books are inspirational and inspire one to pick up a camera and go looking at the world in a new way.  Windows are some of my favorite images – they can be portals into a new world.

    christy says:

     i love taking pictures of my family

    Amy Weurdig says:

    I seem to love taking pictures of flora and fauna – of just things growing in my garden.

    Mandy Knapp says:

    ‘Love’ is my favorite one, but I love them all!!  

    Kathleen Wheeler says:

    Portals or doors are my favorite.  Maybe because I like wood, stone and metal; rust, decay of any kind; and then of course the crazy colors that some doors are painted.

    Carolyndebion63 says:

    I just ran across this series yesterday on Amazon and I am quite excited about it. When my kids were very, very little up until their current adult selves, they have always enjoyed these kind of ooks so I think they will appeal to a large audience. I know I will enjoy them myself as it always surprises me how much I overlook in life.

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