A Kitschy New Book and Video Take Audiences On Safari

Book created by Dan Kainen and written by Carol Kaufmann

A Kitschy New Book and Video Take Audiences On Safari

A new twist on an old technology brings Africa's wildlife to you. 

Review by Julie Leibach/Video by Mike Fernandez
Published: November-December 2012

Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufmann's Safari (Workman Publishing, $24.95) is kitsch--like something you'd find in a novelty store, only it serves a loftier purpose than the coolest snow globe ever could. In this "photicular" book about African animals, a cheetah dashes across the cover. On another page, a mountain gorilla munches on roughage. Elsewhere, a spindly-legged young zebra gallivants across grassland. (Click on the video player below to explore these pages, and more.) Photicular imaging is a twist on an old technology--lenticular photography, which incorporated a composite of interwoven graphics overlain with plastic lenses; the setup revealed an image that appeared to move, depending on an eye's angle. Instead of photos, Dan Kainen--an inventor, artist, and photographer--uses layered video stills to create each master image--"and it comes alive in fluid, film-like motion." Meanwhile, journalist Kaufmann describes aspects of each species' biology, ecology, and threats while also recounting going on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara national reserve. "Few experiences match watching a wild animal move," she writes. Safari is an imaginative interpretation of the real thing. 

 

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