Last week my friends Alex and Cassie joined me at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas’s home for National Geographic Live) to listen to Bertie Gregory, a National Geographic photographer and filmmaker, speak.
When telling friends and family about the event, many people expressed a desire for more information – so let’s jump in!
At this sold-out event, we got a lot of things: self-deprecating humor, or “humour” as he’d likely spell it, a British accent, great stories, and incredible photography (some of which you can see below, others you can see on BertieGregory.com).
Bertie is only two years older than me, but he’s done more in his life than I could imagine. He’s won lots of fancy awards and spent time in places I didn’t know existed. He told tales of finding jaguars in the middle of Mumbai, diving alongside mischievous sea lions, and getting up close and personal with polar bears.
The presentation, about ninety minutes long, covered a brief history of his experience as a photographer/filmmaker, his major projects, and what he’s currently working on – all a mixture of story, photo, and video. While I had watched some of his content before attending, he didn’t reiterate the same stories and videos and I found that the context only solidified my understanding
Overall, the consensus was that if you get the change to hear Bertie speak – take the chance. If he isn’t coming to your area (yet), I’ve linked all of his information below for you to keep following along with his storytelling.
This event also gave me a much larger appreciation for National Geographic! I’ve known who they are and read their material over the years but hadn’t checked out their website in a while. If you’re looking for some new TV shows (Nat Geo even has an app on my Roku!), a trip around the world, a speaker, more email content in your inbox, or a new magazine subscription (though most of their information is also free on their website), go on over and check them out!
*While the tickets for the event were $40 ($35 if you’re a member), we found it to be good value for money.
I sent Bertie an email to confirm he’d be okay with my using a few of his photos from his website along with this blog (which he graciously agreed to – thanks, Bertie!).
I also asked him about a book he’d recommend, as I’m a big reader and post a lot of book content here.
This was his recommendation – The Last Wild Wolves by Ian McAllister.
I put in a request to my local library and can’t wait to pick it up!
Interested in Learning More?
Below you can find Bertie’s content and more National Geographic events near you.
Here’s the playlist for Bertie’s online show “Wild_Life” on YouTube —
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