Life behind the lens

Doug Allan
Doug Allan
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Many people love taking photos, but what would it be like to spend a lifetime behind the lens?

One of the world’s leading wildlife cameramen, Doug Allen, will give a talk about his career at Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday (7.30pm).

Allen never fails to entertain with his exciting stories, Scottish charm and warm sense of humour.

He plans to talk about his latest adventures, which include being dragged under water by a hungry walrus to being poked while he slept by a polar bear.

Allen said: ‘What’s great about talking face to face is that it’s my chance to bring people right in behind the scenes. It’s like live TV only better.’

Last year Allen published his book, Freeze Frame, about his life as a polar cameraman, and he has recently appeared in the BBC’s Wild Cameramen At Work.

His camera work has also featured on the BBC’s Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.

Sir David Attenborough said of Allen: ‘For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no-one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does.’

Tickets: £12.50 from the Guildhall, call 0844 847 2362 or go to