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Sir David Attenborough has described Richmond Park as 'A very special place' – and with good reason. This vast oasis of green, just eight miles from the centre of London, is an ecological pearl in the midst of sprawling urbanisation. The park, most famous for its herd of 630 Fallow and Red Deer, is not only Europe's largest park, but is as big as the seven other royal parks combined. Since King Charles I enclosed the park in 1637, it has provided a haven of tranquillity and diversion for all its visitors.
Today, some 2.5 million people pass through its gates each year. In this beautiful book, Alex Saberi captures Richmond Park's unique blend of rare and diverse wildlife, plant life and rolling landscapes. From a crow perching on a bench in the morning haze to a foolhardy Labrador, breaking impatiently away from its owner, the photographs capture its inherent beauty as well as those rare moments of wildlife action and majesty that only yield themselves to the most patient and knowledgeable of observers.
Alex Saberi has been photographing Richmond Park for over seven years and his photographs were featured prominently in the Guide to Richmond Park, published in 2011 by "The Friends of Richmond Park". In the same year they also appeared in The Times, Independent, Sun, Daily Mail and Metro. Alex Saberi won Environmental Protection Agency's photographical competition in 2008 and was placed second in the 2009 Landscape Photographer of the Year award. His work has appeared in all the major photography magazines and most recently in the November 2011 National Geographic - Visions of Earth.
John Karter is a former writer for The Sunday Times, The Times and Independent. He is the author of five books: Biographies of Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori (Headline); On Training To Be A Therapist (Open University Press); The Profit (Roastbooks) and Introduction to the Psychology of Relationships (Icon). He was the editor of Guide to Richmond Park.
"The quality of the photography, the beautifully crafted text and the layout of the book which Alex took full responsibility for have made this such a resounding succeed that anyone, including me, would love to have Richmond Park on their coffee table."
- The Elmbridge Lifestyle