Snarl for the Camera is a book about animals, and the filming of animals. During his many years as a leading wildlife cameraman, James Gray has filmed everything from human lice (which he had to feed on his own blood) to elephants in Thailand, polar bears in the Arctic, anacondas in Venezuela, mountain gorillas in Uganda, and golden monkeys and pandas in China. In a series of entertaining and informative stories, the author describes his (sometimes very scary) experiences filming wild animals – like the time he found he’d parked himself right on top of a polar bear’s den…
James reveals the eye-opening truth behind the making of nature programmes: keeping television producers happy requires not only an inordinate amount of patience and perseverance – wading through swamps or squatting in trees for days on end – but may also require giving nature a helping hand.
An enchanting book - it reminded me of early Gerald Durrell - and it gives us a rare insight into the unexpected problems, the surprising solutions, the frustrations and anxieties of a natural history cameraman
Redmond O' Hanlon, author of Into the Heart of Borneo