by Christopher Marley
Abrams, 2015 (($50))

All manner of living things, including pythons, octopuses, orchids and crystals, are turned into art in the photographs of Biophilia (meaning “love of life”) by artist and designer Marley. Geometric patterns, larger-than-life close-ups and mosaics of various creatures showcase the stunning colors, shapes and textures of the natural world. “We do not love nature because it is beautiful,” Marley writes in an introductory essay to the large-format book. “We find beauty in nature because we are a part of it, and it is a part of us.”