No Cherry Curton, who has just returned from Africa with a cinema camera for the third time, met him in his private office in London (Manchester United correspondent).
He was trying to have a telephone conversation. Around half a dozen happy friends stood by, refusing to take anything seriously because they were overjoyed to receive him. The author of several standard books was giving a picture of a roaring lion, while others laughed loudly.
Mr. Curton greeted me with a hint of Northern origin (from Yorkshire). “Go to the other room, there are a lot of wildlife in this area; It’s worse than Africa. ”
When we got out of the “accident”, Mr. Certon gave me a report on his last great adventure.
“On April 24, 1913, I left England with the intention of moving Africa from East to West and obtaining unique cinematography. This was my third trip to the Dark Continent, but this time I wanted to find wildlife untouched and untouched films in their homeland, not a stage-hunting and “driver” painting, a trip to Nairobi. It was made up of two other white people, including me, my partner Mr. Barnes, who came from New York with a fictional name. We traveled on a ‘safari’ with hundreds of porters and porters.
“By the way, after leaving Nairobi with two fine modern theaters, we arrived some 300 miles[300 km]north of Abyssinia to avoid heavy rain. We have not seen our own white face for months in British East Africa, Uganda, Belgium and the French Congo. About a year after we started, we went to the West Coast in the Belgian Congo to watch the 16,000-17,000 ft film.
“Throughout the trip, we saw 12 lions coming together at a time. But I could only approach making two films. We arrived at a distance of 30 feet from a large rhinoceros, and with the help of my friends, I came across a beautiful film, which, after being brutally watched, decided to give the camera “the best” and left. On another occasion, I was lucky enough to see 12 giraffes scurrying off the roofs of trees. For this nature painting, I often had to stay in one place for 35 or 40 minutes – in a country surrounded by hot flies, very unpleasant but small movements frightened my subjects.
An Inchor refused.
“Some of my best films are elephants and crocodiles. As for the former animals, Mr. Barnes was unkind to make the most of the adventures on my camera. He entered a large herd of hunters and shot himself in the head, narrowly escaping. I suggested that we follow the herd and repeat the show, explaining what a wonderful movie it would make, but even though it was my old friend, it did not seem very optimistic.
“In Uganda, we were greeted by Kabaka, a well-educated, English-speaking young man. He has his own cinematography camera, and we have produced some of his films. He also has his own small art theater, and here he shows thousands of miles of English, French and American life films, which he bought during his travels abroad.
“Following the Stanley route in the Congo, we met many of his former followers. It would not be an exaggeration to say that half of the people in Stanley’s day were killed by a sleep disorder.
I expect the first part of my films to be ready in a few weeks. We aim to present a duplicate collection of my natural research to major museums around the world. The American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Congolese Museum in Brussels show these films for free in their classrooms.
Biography: Cherry Kearton
September 30, 1940
The death of Cherry Curton, a naturalist, author and one of the first wildlife photographers, has been announced. He was born in Thwaite, Swaledale, Yorkshire, to a farming family, and since childhood he has shared his love for his older brother, Richard, a naturalist, an animal lover.
Richard was a close student, but Cherry came up with a completely original idea of taking a picture of animals that would not be seen by all in the audience – the private life of the animal world. Although the work required a great deal of patience and ingenious ingenuity, the brothers successfully produced the first books on natural history, illustrated by photographs.
In later years Cherry practiced these techniques in Central Africa and other foreign lands and photographed a large game. He has been as successful as ever in Yorkshire, and for many years he has been leading the way with his unique series of photographs of lions, rhinos, monkeys, pythons, buffaloes, and small creatures such as white ants and locusts. He lives in the wild.
He has made many films in recent years, which has been a huge success. He boasted that he had never used a gun on an animal except to defend himself.
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