BOOKS: "Walking Thunder"

Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant

SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE – Contact us directly otherwise, purchase through Amazon below. Large-format book | Photographs and text by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. Forword by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Merrell, London, 2009. Hardcover, 160 pp., 85 duotone illustrations, 13.75 x 10.75 inches. $60.00


BOOK: Walking Thunder by Christo & WilkinsonWALKING THUNDER: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant is the first black and white book of its kind dedicated entirely to a single species in the wild.

The African elephant is one of the most majestic creatures on Earth, yet it faces an uncertain future. Walking Thunder is a superb tribute to the remarkable beauty of these endangered creatures. Striking duotone images by award-winning photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson capture not only the awesome strength and size of the African elephant, but also its gentleness and human-like emotions. Accompanying the photographs are quotations, myths and stories from the past 400 years, from folklore and from explorers and tribal members, presenting both Western and indigenous perspectives. At once entrancing and thought-provoking, this is the perfect book for anyone passionate about the conservation of our planet.


Walking Thunder Book Testimonials

Christo and Wilkinson capture the gentle, imposing nature of these animals against the stunning backdrops of their plains environment. Big, bold, black & white double-page spreads are as arresting as the creatures themselves and draw you into their world. This is more than a wildlife book; it’s documentary photography at its finest.
 —Jeff Meyer Amateur Photographer UK

With some 85 stunning black-and-white photographs, an informative and often poetic introduction, and a beautiful Ndorobo fable, Walking Thunder is not just a picture book, but a moving visual manifesto. Stephen Perloff, The Photo Review

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson’s stunning images highlight the luminous beauty of Africa’s elephants, says Ruth Styles, and show why ending the ivory trade is more important than ever. With only 450,000 individuals left in the wild but with an Asian appetite for ivory that is showing no signs of abating, the future looks bleak for the most magnificent of mammals, and Walking Thunder sets out to show us exactly what we stand to lose.

 Taking in Namibia’s vast roseate deserts and Kenya’s rolling savannahs Christo and Wilkinson’s sumptuous black and white photography highlights the beauty, but also the vulnerability, of the African elephant. — Ruth Styles, The Ecologist, UK

In a breathtaking tribute to the intelligence, majesty and sheer size of the African elephant, photographers Christo and Wilkinson have compiled this amazing collection of duotone images and short essays. Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

A fine and thought-provoking collection of photographs of African elephants recorded against the peaks and plains of their natural environment… accompanied by a few, well-chosen quotes, as well as short myths and stories, from both Western and African perspectives. Clover Stroud, Telegraph, UK

In Predatory Light Book Testimonials

The photography and text filling the pages of In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears (Merrell, 2013) haunt like the dissolving edges of a gripping dream.
Zoe Krasney, Izilwane

Devoted to meditations on three of our planet’s most charismatic mega-fauna, this ambitious book explores through numinous texts and some striking monochrome photographs, humankind’s historical and contemporary relationship with lions, tigers, and polar bears (…it’s notable for comprising an elegant fusion of mythology, folklore, and historic anecdotes of native peoples, … in many places the prose itself positively sings off the page, a classic hallmark of accounts by writers with first-hand experience of animals in their natural environments. In Predatory Light is recommended for all those particularly interested in humankind’s multi- faceted relationship with three of our most iconic terrestrial animal species.)
Edgar Vaid, The Ecologist, UK