About the Book
It took Christoph Stopka more than five years (“…and many frostbitten fingers, toes and ears…”) to photograph the extraordinary images for this unique book around his hometown of Westcliffe, high up in the mountains of Colorado. Frequently crawling on all fours across often brittle ice of remote, frozen creeks, looking for unusual formations of ice crystals or chasing snowflakes in blizzard conditions and enduring many nights outdoors in sub-zero temperatures in the company of howling coyotes.
Christoph Stopka is an award winning journalist, author and internationally acclaimed photographer. Born in Germany, where at the age of 21 he became the youngest newspaper editor, he moved to the USA in 1986 and worked as a Foreign Correspondent in New York City, Los Angeles and Santa Fe. His articles and photography have been published in dozens of major international publications and he has produced many documentary film features for multiple Media and TV outlets worldwide. In addition, he has photographed ad campaigns for international fashion companies and also a number of record covers for recording artists. In recent years Christoph Stopka has focused his ambitions on his true passion - Nature and Adventure Photography - and has directed his skills and connections to help preserve Earth's precious Natural Resources.Christoph Stopka lives with his wife Cathy and their two dogs - Frankie and Tracker – in the mountains outside of Westcliffe, Colorado.