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10 December 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 478th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Wild Mouse Photographer.

This one-minute video from 60 Second Docs profiles Yorkshire wildlife photographer Gez Robinson who one day discovered a mouse family in his garden and decided to photograph them.

Robinson starting photographing wildlife in 2010, winning the National Geographic UK Traveler Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 2013. He has been shortlisted for the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year several times and published in a number of newspapers and and media outlets. The BBC has broadcast his videos as well.

To make the mouse family's project interesting, he built sets and props for them. In the video, you'll see a motorcycle made from an acorn, a lemonade stand made from recycled materials with miniature mugs and tiny lemons, a tea set (well, this is Yorkshire, after all), even a pub called The Frog & Mouse.

And, as if that wasn't enough to entice them to stick around, he feeds them as well. Which probably persuades them to stay in the gsrden and out of the house.

On his Web site, he gives a little more detail:

During the lockdown of 2020 when we couldn't go out, I found a mouse family living in our wildlife garden so I started to photograph them. They are a amazing little family and it's amazing how close I can get to them. Since September 2021 I have been video recording a daily video podcast with the little family. I do this seven days a week and the mouse family never fail to show. They give people worldwide so much joy as they do my 84 year old father Eric who suffers with vascular dementia and Alzhiemers. They never fail to put a smile on his face.

Which is as good a reason as any to pop into the garden and summon the little things to another photo shoot.

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