Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun facts from an animal photographer by Steve Grubman with Jill Davis

Orangutans are TicklishHave you ever tried to take a picture of your dog, or even worse, your cat? For someone with my talents—and I use the word loosely—it can be an exercise in frustration. I have long wondered how nature and/or animal photographers maintain their sanity.

After reading Orangutans are Ticklish by Grubman, I learned that there’s a lot more involved than an unwilling pet. There are cages and assistants with huge biceps not to mention the great pair of track shoes for when a session with the lion goes really south in a hurry.

However, the most amazing thing I learned from this eye-opening book is that all this, at least in Steve Grubman’s case, happens right here in our own backyard. Here I thought that Mr. Grubman was traveling to Africa to shoot hippos, Australia to get the kangaroos and who knows where to photograph an aardvark. All his work was done in a studio in Chicago!

And what work it is. The photos are clear and the animals are in interesting “poses.” There’s enough factual information on each subject for the beginnings of a school report and there’s a really cool “insider” note about each of the animals—the hippo ate 300 pounds of hay during the shoot– at the bottom of the double page spreads. Even the cover is original and engaging.

Orangutans Are Ticklish makes me want to throw caution to the wind, grab a handful of dog treats and start shooting up a storm. If you see a large curly haired dog running down your street, just get out of the way. I’ll be clutching my camera and running somewhere close behind.

Posted by: Eileen

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