Book Review: The Last Great Wild Places by Thomas Mangelsen

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Being Inspired By the Art of Thomas Mangelsen

A couple of years ago I spent some time out in Colorado during the winter. A friend of mine talked to me about a photographer that sometimes comes into the area. I had never heard the name, but I promised to check out more about the photographer when I got back home, and had better internet. It did not take that long to learn more about Tom Mangelsen. While we were waiting for our flight out of Steamboat I realized that an entire gate was adorned with his images. I knew right away that I liked his work. I watched Thomas talk about his craft on CreativeLive, and I knew that I wanted this book. A well placed hint made the book appear as a Christmas present. When I saw it for the first time I knew that it was a great gift.

The Last Great Wild Places

When I opened up the package holding the book the first thing that I was taken aback by was the size of the book. Books like this one make me want to buy a coffee table to set it on. This book is the culmination of the last 40 years of Thomas Mangelsen’s wildlife photography. Each page shows his expertise. He has a knack for being in the right places at the right time. It is not enough that a unique event is occurring, but he captures it at a beautiful time of day as well. Looking through the book has me ready to book a trip to Wyoming. The beautiful country that he shows makes me upset that I have only visited a sliver of the state. This is not the kind of book that you read mid winter when you have been cooped up for too long. It will make you want to get out into the wilderness to make images. The purpose of these small posts about the photography books that I have read are to share with my readers what inspires me. This is one that I want everyone to see. Tom has inspired me to go out and see my town that I live in during great light to see what I can get.

Some Images From the Book

Below I have included a couple of images that you can find in this book. The book is 224 pages, and almost every image had me gasping. Thomas has a way to show the world that really connects with me. Below is just a taste of what you can expect from the book. If you buy the book you can find it on Amazon here. It is worth the money for sure. A picture on a blog will not do any of these justice. You have to see them in the large format of the book to truly appreciate each photo.

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