…After our time in Ethiopia, it was just a short trip down to Southern Europe to meet some Spanish coastal dwellers with a very unusual and highly dangerous job. Unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly what we were filming for fear of spoiling a surprise in the TV series. What I will tell you though, is that a day at the office for these guys involves repeated brushes with death. A regular 9 to 5 this most certainly isn’t.
One of the great things about working in the ‘Human Planet’ team, is the way in which we are all expected to totally immerse ourselves in the cultures that we are visiting. This is the only way by which we can bring back an intimate account of the amazing events we are witnessing. This trip to Spain was no exception.
Remaining close to our Spanish friends was certainly a challenge on this shoot and it required us to venture into some rather extreme filming situations. There was a lot of dangling from ropes and climbing up cliff faces, as well as our fair share of extreme speed boat manoeuvres, one of the results of which can be seen in the above photo of our cameraman Keith, who was required to get himself and all his equipment onto this isolated rock in order to get the right angle on a shot. Basically, this involved waiting in a small power boat until the waves momentarily subsided, and then repeatedly driving the boat hard at the rock and putting the motor in reverse at the very last second as each man took turns to jump from boat to rock and vice versa. I can report back that no one was seriously hurt.