From the President of NANPA

Clay Bolt

© Clay Bolt

Like most people, I like to kick off the New Year with a fresh burst of inspiration. My January ritual involves purchasing as many books as possible followed by spending the remainder of my winter mentally running from the Montana cold across pages that take me into warm tropical forests, the minds of the world’s greatest artists, and (hopefully) to a better understanding of the craft of photography. Since I’m too busy reading right now to write a very long president’s letter, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with you instead. Watch for this post on NANPA’s Facebook page, and share your own favorite reads with the NANPA community.

May 2017 become a year of inspiration and adventure for us all.

Kind Regards,

Clay Bolt


Photo Inspiration:

Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine and The Smaller Majority by Piotr Naskreski

Au fil des Songes by Vincent Munier

Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild by Michael Forsberg

Jungles by Frans Lanting

Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall by Krista Schlyer

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions by Mark Moffett

On this Earth: Photos from East Africa by Nick Brandt

Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat by Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup

Photo Techniques and Theory:

The Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing by Philippe L. Gross and S.I. Shapiro

Digital Close-Up Photography Q&A: Great Tips and Hints from a Top Pro by Paul Harcourt Davies

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe McNally

The Art of the Photograph: Essential Habits for Stronger Compositions by Art Wolfe and Rob Sheppard

Thoughts on Nature and Tales of Adventure:

Wilderness World of John Muir by John Muir and Edwin Way Teale

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold

Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjöberg

River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Best Wishes,

Clay Bolt