Friday, August 30, 2013

OUR MOUNTAINS by Paul Hersey and Mark Watson

'Three-quarters of New Zealand lies more than 200 metres above sea level, making us one of the more mountainous countries in the world, so it’s no surprise that many of us have a great affinity for the rugged backdrop against which we live.
Two men with a particular respect for our high places, writer Paul Hersey and photographer Mark Watson, both experienced climbers, embarked on a year-long journey across the length of the country to visit, climb and tell the stories surrounding 15 of its most significant summits.
The narrative that emerges has an overarching environmental theme, as Hersey questions the value New Zealanders place on our ecological heritage and discusses local issues with the people living on and near the mountains. In addition to accounts of tramping and climbing experiences, there are references to local history, Maoritanga, geology, farming and conservation, alongside entertaining and engaging personal comment.
Stunning photographs captured by Watson show some of our best known peaks in a fresh way, completing a moving evocation of the New Zealand landscape and its mountain-related culture.' 
- Press Release

I'm looking forward to this book hitting the shelves in October. Mark has captured some evocative images of our most significant mountains around Aotearoa, and the underlying environmental questions raised are very close to my heart.
I would like to thank, not just all of those who helped Mark and I during our year-long quest to capture these mountains in words and images, but everyone who shares the same values and ethics towards our precious land and our measured footprint upon it.

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