Book Review: Tall Tales, Long Lenses
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Clare Disano delves in to John E. Marriott’s latest book, Tall Tales, Long Lenses: My Adventures in Photography.
CLARE DISANO

When a famed wildlife photographer, such as John E. Marriott, has a new book out, I always get a little excited. So, to have the opportunity to review his latest titled ‘Tall Tales, Long Lenses’ was an absolute pleasure.

This book is different from his previous titles, which are focused more on specific species, or areas in Canada where he has been photographing wildlife for some twenty years. ‘Tall Tales, Long Lenses’ is a chronicle of John’s entire career, beautifully presented and accompanied by a whole host of captivating images, in particular the bears he has grown up around and come to know.

Instantly, what I find encouraging is that Marriott makes a point early on, telling us that all of the photographs included in the book were obtained naturally in the wild, ‘without the use of baits, lures, calls or attempts to modify my subjects’ behaviours.’ which echoes again at the end of the book, showing just how passionate he is about the conservation of the bears he has come to care so deeply for.
His passion really comes through, down to his chosen quote by Charlie Russell: ‘I’ve spent most of my life surrounded by incredible beauty, enjoying wonderful relationships with wild animals most of us were taught to fear. We really need to get over our fear of the wild. It’s what sustains us; not what threatens us.’ This passion is carried all the way through the chapters...

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