From the summits of Australia to some of the remotest peaks in the world, Australian photographer David Neilson has spent his life exploring and capturing photos of natural beauty. His work has appeared in books and museums and even on a set of stamps.
In his latest book, Chasing the Mountain Light, David is taking a look back at his own life and adventures and delving deep into love of the mountains through the medium of images and writing.
David Neilson’s life-long quest, chasing the mountain light, has resulted in this striking collection of 150 black & white landscape and wildlife images from South West Tasmania, Patagonia, Antarctica, Karakoram and the Australian, New Zealand, and European Alps. The text describes the author’s early mountaineering activities and his evolving interest in photographing wild places and their conservation .
"Magnificent is not a word I tend to throw around lightly, but it's hard to find a more apt word to describe David Neilson's latest book. David has spent a lifetime chasing, as the title says, "the mountain light." He's travelled the planet on his quest and this book captures the very best of the fruits of his labours; more than 150 landscape and wildlife images, all processed superbly, to create one of the most stunning coffee table books I've ever seen." James McCormack –– WILD magazine Editor
"This book is simply fabulous. It is the greatest delight to have it on your lap and you need to it's so big and to turn it around, but it needs to be big to allow us into the space that David was in when he took these photographs. What is so wonderful about this book is that it is also a biography. And it's beautifully written, and it takes you right into the places in the world that you can only dream about going to." Bob Brown –– former Australian Greens Senator
DAVID NEILSON is the photographer and author of four previous books. South West Tasmania: A Land of the Wild highlighted the threatened wilderness of western Tasmania. Wilsons Promontory: Coastal Wildness celebrated the beauty of one of Australia’s foremost national parks. Patagonia: Images of a Wild Land drew on his climbing expeditions to the southern Andes and his most recent book, Southern Light: Images from Antarctica, was the result of six journeys to the Antarctic.
In 1990 and 2004 he received Antarctic Arts Fellowships from the Australian Antarctic Division that enabled him to spend two summers taking photos in East Antarctica. In 2021 he was one of four Antarctic Arts Fellows to be featured on a set of Australia Post stamps.
Dimensions: 305 mm x 325 mm
Hardcover Book, 264 pages, 190 black & white photos