Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies

Summits and StarlightI never imagined publishing a book just six years after buying my first DSLR. At some point the idea of doing a book crossed my mind, but I thought it would be the culmination of a much longer career. Perhaps that book is still in the stars in the years to come, but the door was opened to me much sooner by publisher Rocky Mountain Books, and hence the journey began.

Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies is my first book and the culmination of the last five years of photography. Most of the images featured in the book are from the last year or two, and demonstrate a more recent swing in my work to nighttime photography and a quest to find unusual ways of capturing common mountain subjects.

One of the most interesting aspects of the journey of creating the book – apart from selecting just over 100 images from thousands – was the process of writing the Introduction for the book. Reflecting on my personal approach to photography and the impact it has had on my experience in nature was deeply introspective. Having greater awareness of my own philosophy has since inspired me to take my work in new directions. Here is an excerpt from that Introduction to give you a taste:

While my other mountain activities brought me into the landscape in a special way, I realized that photography allowed me to observe nature more closely. Looking at the wilderness through the camera lens made me more aware of my surroundings and my observations became more deliberate. I began paying attention to how sunlight filtered through the evergreens, how all but one twig pointed in the same direction, and how fast the clouds were moving. Soon this magnified way of observing the natural environment became indistinguishable from living life as I had known it.

(From Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies, pg. 19)

You’ll have to pick up a copy to read more!

I am so grateful that I am able to share my passion for photography and the Canadian Rockies in a book format so early in my career. Many thanks go to Rocky Mountain Books for approaching me with the idea of doing a book, and to everyone for your support along the way.

Where to find your copy:

Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies can now be purchased at a variety of book stores and retailers. Look for a copy at your local bookstore or order online below!

For wholesale orders or to purchase a signed copy from the author (pick-up/hand delivery only in the Bow Valley), please Contact Paul.

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With fellow mountain photographer, Glen Boles, at a book signing at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Glen wrote the Foreword for the book.

With fellow mountain photographer, Glen Boles, at a book signing at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Glen wrote the Foreword for the book.

Join me for the official book launch!

November 29, 2013, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Communitea Cafe, #117 1001 6th Avenue, Canmore

Check out all the details on the Facebook Event!


6 Responses to “Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies”

  1. Powell, Kerry

    Paul, my daughter is a big fan of your work. We are going to attend you book release in Canmore next Friday and are really looking forward to it. I would like to buy my daughter one of your photographs framed for Christmas as a surprise. How would I go about doing this? Amazing work. Thank you for your sharing your passion.

    Kerry Powell Partner T 403-292-9805

  2. Christopher Martin

    Congratulations Paul. I’m looking forward to picking up a copy soon. This promises to be a wonderful collection of unique, beautiful images.

    I’ll be away for the launch but wish you nothing short of an exceptional turnout – it is well deserved.



  3. Jens


    Congratulations on your book ‘Summits & Starlight’. I grew up in the Banff area so I purchased your book as a Christmas present for my parents to remind them of what great times we had hiking and skiing in the Bow valley. I’m sure putting your book together was a huge amount of work, but you must have felt great when you first saw your book on a shelf in a bookstore.


    • Paul Zizka

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write Jens. The selection process required to make the book was a little painful to go through, but I think the result was worth it. Thanks so much and have a great Christmas!



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