Hardcover coffee table book, full color

Inanimate, by Dan Plunkett and Ellen Plunkett
This book began at 1:37 p.m. on October 24, 2011 when, while driving back from a night of stargazing at Cherry Spring State Park in western Pennsylvania, we saw a black bear by the side of the road lying in a bed of soft green grass, dead. It had been hit by a car and walked, blood pouring out onto the road, until it lay down in that comfortable, caressing place, to spend its last few minutes alive. We took the photo on page 33 and spent the next 4 hours driving home talking about this idea of wild animals in the civilized world of humans. We spent the next 6 years working on this project.

Foreword by Bob Sliwa
The concept of this book, Inanimate, is as ambitious as it is unique. It combines sophisticated art photography with skillfully edited facts about the animal kingdom, packaged in a stealthy, tongue-in-cheek guidebook form. These slightly disparate elements—artful photographs, purely factual text, and casual form—are intended to come together in the reader’s mind as a strong environmental message. And it is the tone and delivery of this call to take another look at our relationship with nature that sets Inanimate apart. In this polemic era in which sledgehammer-like diatribes are the norm, the authors’ willingness to let the reader reach his or her own conclusions shines through.

The photos speak as much through their formal composition as how they document the depiction of animals in our culture. The carefully selected, minimal text is a thought-provoking foil to the visuals. Concise and fully referenced, these annotations are presented with the breathing room to allow their significance to bloom. As a whole, the book invites repeated review and serious consideration. Inanimate breaks new ground in the crowded arena of environmental books. It neither dumbs down nor overly intellectualizes its core message: It is time for the human race to rethink its position in the natural world.

All proceeds from this book will be donated to the Doris Wilderness Foundation, Inc., LLC,

About the authors

Ellen Plunkett is a microbiologist who spent her childhood roaming the Hill Country of Texas. A co-founder of the Doris Wilderness rainforest preserve in central Belize, Ellen divides her time between Central America and the high desert of northern New Mexico where she lives with her husband, Dan, in their solar-powered, net-energy-exporting home.

Dan Plunkett is a naturalist, a documentary photographer, and a former advisor to CEOs. He was raised down the bayous of south Louisiana. His previous book, Southerly, is a documentary of that upbringing in the South. He co-founded the Doris Wilderness Foundation with his wife of 29 years, Ellen.

Hardcover with dust jacket / 10.5″ x 11″ / 265 pages
ISBN 978-0-9986043-1-2
Published by Ophidia Press