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Serengeti Spy: Views from a Hidden Camera on the Plains of East Africa Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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About the Author
Anup Shah has been a wildlife photographer based in Kenya and England for more than 30 years. His images have appeared in National Geographic and many European nature magazines and calendars. Shah is the coauthor of two Abrams books: The Circle of Life: Wildlife on the African Savannah and African Odyssey: 365 Days.
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Anup Shah spent months hiding multiple cameras in key locations across the savanna in order to capture intimate images of animals living in their environment, with no human presence to affect their behaviour. The result is the most amazing portfolio of the usual characters (lion, cheetah, elephant, wildebeest etc) but in the most unusual of poses and from strikingly low angles.
This book does not shy away from huge image usage - from the cover, inside jacket to a glorious number of stunning double page spreads... this is a perfect coffee table book indeed. Should you manage to stop marvelling at the images for a minute however and turn your eye to the text then Shah supports his art with well crafted words that supply the detail to the animal's behaviour, the season it was taken in, what the animal did prior or after the shutter was released. It's an effective combination - lots of images, not too much text.
Shah's intention was to view a well-known area to himself from a different perspective, that of a hunter-gatherer. Not many of us will ever be able to creep up on a lion feeding on the flesh and bones of a gazelle, perhaps not many of us would actually want to, but it's a real privilege to be amongst the legs of adult elephants, standing protectively around a small vulnerable calf, finding its feet for the first time.Read more ›
I bought it for my 10 year old granddaughter. She is going to LOVE it. There are a few photos I was concerned about. One was of a stranded baby animal. You know it's end is not going to be pretty. It is heart wrenching, so I talked to my daughter ahead of time and she's ready for the strong feelings the photos will bring up. Great life lesson.
Very highly recommend.
After getting by first book of photographs by this author, I got the others.
I really like his work , both visually and what I can learn about animals from it
On the whole I like really crisp images of animals and their world with some images that are more artistic..
Gettting those truely rare shots is hard work. Some photographer's stake out say a small waterhole and wait to see what shows up. They will get a number of good shots , but only a few really amazing shots-- it's just so hard getting all the ingredients right at the right time.
Anup Shah used hidden cameras-- he clearly knew the area very very well to get some of the shots he did. It is one thing to put some cameras outside an Hyaenas den , but quite another to put cameras were kills occur. There a number of shots of animals that have been killed, with various animals plus birds around the site.
It depends on what animals you are interested in as to how excited you will be about the book-- don't get me wrong. This book is first class animal photography.
I like photos that help tell a story or at least part of it.
There is a beautiful two page spread of a Territorial male Thomson Gazelle in the rut trying to herd a group of females ( about 10 ) He wants to keep them in his patch to test them for mating. The female appear uninterested by his efforts and concern
There is a picture of a young Thomson's Gazlle standing-- it is a two page spread. You see it's frail form, that it has soon after birth.
Alas all to often it lands up a someone's meal. Unfortunately it has to stand to suckle and at times when it is at risk of being trodden on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book! This is a great book for children of all ages, as well as adults. It is a hit with my pre-teen and teenage daughters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Medical Mom
Great reference for the Art classes I teach. Gives a different perspective of the animals that is valuable for the sculptor and cartoonist.Published 18 months ago by david parsons
Amazing photos and unique point of view. After being in Kenya and Tanzania to see the same animals from their viewpoint is an enriching experience.Published 18 months ago by Thaisa N. Farrar
We were at Serengeti this fall and this is only pictorial book we found that provided the type of photos we wanted.Published on December 17, 2013 by Steven Greenlick