Chris Packham

22nd February 2010 Television presenter, photographer, traveller and wildlife expert Chris Packham takes us on a fascinating journey through the eye of his camera.  Chris is an experienced photographer and throughout his travels and expeditions he has collected thousand of images of the people, places and creatures he has seen.  This illustrated talk is for photographers, travellers and of course wildlife enthusiasts.

Evening sponsored by Mark’s Mobility Centre

Chris Packham

Chris was born in Southampton in 1961 and as soon as he was crawling around suburbia Ladybirds were being desiccated in matchboxes and tadpoles tortured in jam jars. Husbandry skills improved and the menagerie expanded to large collections of reptiles (inside) and birds of prey, foxes, badgers, squirrels etc (generally outside). A precocious young scientist, swat and nerd in training he studied Kestrels, Shrews and Badgers in his teens and undergraduate days at the Zoology department of Southampton University. He also embraced Punk Rock and played in a band and the DIY ethos and determination to never take ‘no’ for an answer are forcefully retained.

Post graduation and a cancelled PhD, (the Badgers were getting a bit much), he began taking still photographs and trained as a wildlife film cameraman. The photography continues with exhibitions and invitations to judge prestigious competitions but the camerawork gave way to presenting. Chris began with the award winning ’Really Wild Show’ in 1986 and has been working ever since. Credits include, ‘Wildshots’, ‘Wild Watch’, ‘Go Wild’, basically lots of things with ‘wild’ in the title. ‘X-Creatures’, ‘Postcards from the Wild’, ‘Hands on Nature’ and most recently ‘Natures Calendar’ almost had more inventive programme names.

At the turn of the century Chris ran a hugely successful production company ‘Head over Heels‘ making programmes for Animal Planet, National Geographic, ITV and the BBC.

Chris has had the good fortune to travel widely and he has explored many habitats from Antarctic Islands, rainforests, deserts, the Everest range, the deep oceans and some of the planets most notorious nightclubs and drinking dens. He is a sucker for Archaeology and likes to holiday amongst ruins.

He has a couple of old cars which don’t get much exercise, a couple of dogs who can’t get enough exercise, has no fondness for unnecessary exercise himself but reads and writes continuously. He dabbles in the art market and wishes he had a Miro. His top-ten favourite birds has a hundred in the list, he wants to see a Philippines Eagle before he dies and thinks Audrey Hepburn has no known earthy equal. He cannot sing and cannot dance.

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  1. 22nd February 2010 Television presenter, photographer, traveller and wildlife expert Chris Packham

    The Arts and Literary Society spent a very interesting evening with Chris Packham, the photographer, traveller and wildlife expert. His aim was to show us 100 photographs and explain things about them. This he did brilliantly. We saw the most wonderful pictures of leopards, lions, cheetahs and elephants. Lots and lots of elephants in all sorts of places, gorgeous baby ones as well as other members of the herd. We were fascinated and amused at the antics Chris had to perform to get these incredible shots, although he told us that in every picture there was something not quite right. Chris Packman is a perfectionist and that condition is hard to obtain. We saw marvellous pictures of foxes, wolves, otters and many other species. We learned of the hours he spent lying in mud or water just waiting for the right moment to press the shutter and get the picture. There were the most impressive shots of birds in flight – albatross, penguins and others from the southern Atlantic around South Georgia together with icebergs. We also learned some of the tricks used to present the perfect picture with imposed backgrounds.

    It was one of the most interesting and exciting evenings and very much appreciated by the members and the sponsors Mark Mobility Centre of Holland on Sea.

    Audrey Owens Press Officer

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