I first met photographer, Dave Campbell back in 1992 when I worked for Owens DDB in Dublin.
He had quite a fearsome reputation as one of the best photographers in the land. His work was second-to-none, and, suffice it to say, we got on like a house full of stout.
He wasn’t fearsome. He was just a perfectionist. (What he can’t do with a pint of Carlsberg and a twizzle stick isn’t worth knowing.)
And thus began a friendship that has lasted 20 years.
Not only is Dave Campbell a brilliant advertising photographer, he’s a pretty amazing bloke too. The sort of fella you’d want in a trench beside you.
But the reason I’m writing this little post is not to laud him as a professional advertising photographer, but as a wildlife one.
Dave has been going to a place called Knight Inlet in British Columbia for the past dozen years or so and has taken some pretty extraordinary shots of bears and their habitat.
Anyways, he’s published an amazing book of his travails in the wild west of Canada called Voice of the Great Spirit.
The book was also designed by a lady called Margaret Healion, who is one of the preeminent art/creative directors in Ireland. So not only do you get a book full of breathtaking shots, it’s beautifully designed too.
So, if you like your National Geographic and David Attenborough, I reckon you’ll like this.
If you fancy buying a copy for Chrimbo, you can do so here:
Voice of the Great Spirit.