Wildlife film-making adventures
John Aitchison shares amazing images from his travels as a BBC cameraman.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison is best known for his work on Frozen Planet, Springwatch and other BBC favourites, bringing us such jaw-dropping dramas as the struggle between fledgling black-footed albatrosses and hungry tiger sharks off Hawaii that provides the title of his new book.
He is also a fine writer. These travel tales from some of the world’s most far-flung wildernesses will enthral fans of those behind-the-scenes diary outtakes that accompany today’s wildlife blockbuster. Among fascinating insights into the challenges of weather, equipment and unpredictable animals, it’s no surprise to learn that patience is everything – and a comfort to discover that even top film-makers lose memory cards and have killer shots ruined by a ship’s mast.
Along the way Aitchison’s intelligent, evocative prose brings real depth to his stories, and his human subjects – from a tracker in the Yukon to his own grandmother back home – spring as vividly from the page as his polar bears, humpback whales and wandering albatrosses.
Mike Unwin Nature and travel writer