Book review:  The Shark And The Albatross

JOHN AITCHISON has a job most of us could only dream of.

A wildlife cameraman who has been lucky enough to film on every continent, from Alaska and the Antarctic to India and China, capturing the lives of many different creatures for the likes of the BBC and National Geographic.

Here, he brings to life some of the expeditions he has been part of, as he tells behind-the-scenes stories of the lives of some of the creatures he has caught on film.

Through his evocative narrative and masterful storytelling, Aitchison makes the reader feel as if they themselves are observing as he films. The dialogue is both tense and dramatic, as he explains the various challenges he faces with each individual assignment.

This is a must-read for any budding cameramen, and for those with an interest in wildlife photography/filmmaking and natural history. Perhaps, most importantly though, Aitchison also raises several thought-provoking questions about conservation issues around the world.

The Shark And The Albatross: Travels With A Camera To The Ends Of The Earth

John Aitchison

Profile Books, €23.70


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