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Includes the Globe and Mail review by Mark Hume on the Dust jacket

All proceeds from this book are donated to Sierra Club BC.

In the summer of 2007, having travelled in both Antarctica and the high Arctic, I wrote of the privilege of being immersed in some of the world’s last pristine ecosystems. I also shared my photographs in the hope that the wonder and the fragility of these environments might cause others to be caught up in my appreciation for the natural world’s beauty and intrinsic core value. Reflecting upon my polar adventures, I concluded that the challenge for the future is for humankind to recognize that, as integral constituents of the earth's ecosystem, we must live within its natural capacity. It is a challenge for our generation to champion and for our children to embrace.

Today, after many expeditions to the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii on Canada’s Pacific rim, my conviction has grown. For along the coast, among the fjords and islands, there is an incredible beauty and natural productivity that reflects the very origins of the planet. But the impact and consequences of our lifestyle upon primordial intact ecosystems are also there in stark relief. Evidence of the onslaught of efficient industrialized resource extraction and commerce is ever present: logging, fishing, open-net aquaculture, supertanker transportation, oil and gas exploration, even trophy hunting of grizzly bears…. Here one can observe the pace at which our consumer lives are stripping the great geological riches which have taken millennia to build. And here we can see with razor sharp clarity that people must live within the means provided by our daily solar income if we and these last few pristine places are to endure.

This book is a collection of photographs from the region, interspersed with accounts of experiences that have helped shape my thoughts. They are thoughts and experiences that have catalyzed my conversion from part-time adventurer to active advocate for this wondrous coast where the great green forests meet the edge of the world.


About the Author

Andrew S. Wright
Cold-Coast Vancouver, BC, Canada
Andrew S. Wright is passionate conservationist and amateur photographer. All proceeds from his photographic prints and books are directed towards environmental efforts and initiatives.

Publish Date  October 04, 2009

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  132 pgs Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Fine Art Photography

Comments (10)


PheromoneAut says


posted at 09:07pm Jul 26 PST


tatiana_tts says

your book is really great too ;)

posted at 10:57pm Jan 17 PST


sophie124 says

great book with lovely images.

posted at 06:55am Jan 08 PST


creativecats says

Dear Andrew,
Your book is quite fantastic and makes me wish I was living on the coast. I was born in Vancouver and I miss the mountains and the beautiful coast. Your photos are amazing, especially of the bears.
Thank you for the comment on my book. Those photos were the first of my photographic "career". Lucky for me that Haida Gwaii is inherently beautiful. I wish you well in all your endeavors.

posted at 05:46am Dec 09 PST


jgehrt says

Simply stunning! Thank you for sharing a look into a world that most of us do not see. We can be so caught up in our daily lives to not realize that there is so much more in our world.

posted at 10:00am Oct 23 PST


awmoran says

This is an impressive piece of work.. Congrats on your success.

posted at 08:28am Oct 23 PST


Cold-Coast says


I'm not surprised this book is a bestseller. The imagery is beautiful, and I saw the Globe and Mail article too. When I have some spare funds I'm hoping to buy a copy. Well done Andrew

posted at 08:27am Oct 05 PST

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