by Clare Conway
The Joby Gorilla stand is an ugly looking thing – a cross between a spider and a set of anal beads. It looks nothing like a gorilla, not even by a three-year-old’s finger painting standards.
So I guess the name is in reference to a guerrilla warfare weapon. Because it’s a cunning thing – discrete and practical – employed by the most sleuthy of journalists. It’s a device for propping up your camera, phone or Ipad (depending on the make you choose) and with the Gorilla you can shoot video, take pictures and type, all on the move.
You can tie it around a Boris bicycle and go Rambo if you’d like, capturing moving footage of roadworks or anarchists spraying destructive messages on walls.
The man in the video will demonstrate for you. Word of warning, though, he comes across as a bit of a perve, and I wouldn’t take all his advice as gospel. At 1 min 28 he talks about getting your shots in strange places, like wrapping the Gorilla around a pole. I’m pretty sure filming is illegal in most of those clubs. If you like it and you want to buy one, they’re around £20. Try Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/4cot2g5