Good Reading : August 2005
48 goodreading In 1952 Reg Grundy was a young man try- ing to make his name in radio. On his first assignment out of Australia, he headed to Johannesburg to report on the World Title fight between Australian Jimmy Carruthers and World Champion Vic Troweel. Upon arrival he received the news that the fight had been put back a week. With time to spare he was driven out to a farm where there was no cultivation, simply unspoilt land over which wildlife roamed. He and his guide carried firearms as they wandered the land, which he says could have been the Australian outback. Reg recalls: ‘As we came upon a herd of Impala, I sighted my rifle, pulled the trigger and felled one of them. As I kneeled beside the lifeless body of this graceful animal, I was appalled at what I had done and wished I could breathe life back into it.’ It was at that moment he decided that he would only ever shoot wildlife with a camera. Reg Grundy went on to achieve enormous success in the entertainment industry, but he always found time to indulge his passion for wildlife photography, with over 50,000 shots taken in the last 10 years alone. Now he has collected his favourite images in a book, The Wildlife of Reg Grundy. Interspersed through the pages are his thoughts and his feelings about his subjects. ‘They always know I’m there. I always acknowledge that we are playing this game on their terms… not mine.’ This is truly a beautiful book. Reg Grundy’s passion and love of his subjects shines though, with each image one to savour. A remarkable tribute to the animals with which we share our world. coffee table shot!