Bookface Literary Group to Feature Award-Winning Photographer and Videographer at Upcoming Event


BAFTA and Emmy award-winning photographer and videographer Doug Allan will recount some of his extraordinary adventures on ice at a sustainable book swap luncheon in March.

The wildlife snapper, who has worked extensively with Sir David Attenborough, will discuss his captivating book Freeze Frame: A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice at the popular Bookface book swap breakfast at Glasgow’s Glaschu restaurant on March 5.

Doug Allan, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning photographer and videographer

Bookface events are the brainchild of Coatbridge-raised broadcaster and creative director Heather Suttie.

Coatbridge High alumna Heather is an avid reader and created her Bookface 2020 book group on Facebook during the pandemic, which has attracted an incredible 1900 members in Lanarkshire, Glasgow and around the world.

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It features a monthly book swap event and gathering with a host of famous authors and guests discussing their latest books.

At the upcoming event, Fife-born Doug will talk about how he spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to film full-time in 1983.

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Since then, he has become a world-renowned and highly respected videographer, having won eight Emmy Awards, five BAFTA Awards, and twice won the underwater category for Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Doug will share information about his experiences filming nature and living in the polar areas. He will also tell some of the stories behind his unique collection of photographs that appear in his book.

Heather told Lanarkshire Live: “This is a dream come true for me in 2022.

“I love Doug and his work; he is fascinating and a brilliant speaker.

“This book is just amazing and I can’t wait to hear how he manages to befriend polar bears and penguins. .”

Doug’s film career spans four decades and in that time he has worked for Discovery, National Geographic, BBC, and his camera work has been featured in groundbreaking series such as The Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Expedition Iceberg and Forces of Nature. .

Sir David Attenborough said of Doug: “Doug Allan appears to be immune to most of the limitations that govern other humans. Also, he is not afraid at all, in a way that does not come from recklessness but from deep knowledge and experience.”

Doug added: “There are great days when animals behave spectacularly in front of your lens. And other quieter moments in which a deeper understanding is revealed, a new vision of the environment and what is alive there.

“I’m looking forward to talking about these moments of truth and how they are a wildlife videographer’s greatest privilege.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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