Ocean Garden The Secret Life of Seaweed
An Ocean Garden
The Secret Life of Seaweed
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2014
  • Price: $16.15
  • Trim Size: 7 x 7
  • ISBN: 1-61312-591-7
  • EAN: 9781613125915
  • Page Count: 144
  • Illustrations: 100 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Ebook
  • Rights: World/All
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In her captivating new book, artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin returns to the seashore to reveal the unexpected beauty of seaweed. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin's vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. Her engaging text, which accompanies the images, blends personal observation and philosophical musings with scientific fact. Like her previous books, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed is a poetic and compelling tribute to the natural world and the wonder it evokes.


“Beguiling. . . . Ms. Iselin’s images made using a flatbed scanner are a reminder that the natural world and that of abstract art aren’t that far apart.”
The New York Times
“Visually captivating . . . a visual delight.”
ForeWord Reviews

About the author

Josie Iselin is a photographer, writer, and book designer with six previous books to her credit, including Beach Stones, Heart Stones, and Beach: A Book of Treasure. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. She shows her artwork regularly at galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work is on view at www.josieiselin.com. She lives and works in San Francisco, where she walks the beach often.