Sunday, February 10, 2013
Return of a Champion
This anthology of writings by conservationist Frederick Walter Champion is a volume that dedicated camera trappers will want to read.
How do I know when I don't yet have a copy?
Well my friends, the codger has read both of Champion's books -- With Camera in Tigerland (1927) and The Jungle in Sunlight and Shadow (1934) more than once. They are worth re-reading. The anthology is based on chapters from these books and more.
Champion (1893-1970) was a British Indian forester, a dedicated naturalist, and a pioneering camera trapper.
His long out-of-print books are engaging records of how things were in the Indian jungle, not to mention reality checks for latter day camera trappers on their own personal trails of discovery.
Over the years Champion painstakingly acquired a splendid photographic portfolio of the subcontinent's mammals, large and small, and to this day his images remain among the most evocative records of India's striking fauna.
We have James Champion, grandson of the preeminent camera trapper to thank for compiling the anthology.
Here is more information about the book, and you may read selected pages of the work here.
To order it, go here (India) or here (UK).
I am sorry I can't give you a distributer in the US, but if anyone out there is able to locate one, please post it as a comment.