Tor McIntosh | Freelance writer and photographer

Alex Saberi

Interview with Alex Saberi for Photography Monthly magazine

What first started out as a personal project for amateur photographer ALEX SABERI has grown into a collection of nature images that has attracted national media attention. All of the images published here were taken in Richmond Park in London and, as TOR McINTOSH found out, you don’t have to travel very far to shoot extraordinary wildlife images.

Impatience, having no interest in using a super-long lens and shunning a static camouflaged hide for the mobility of two wheels aren’t attributes you would associate immediately with a successful nature photographer. But then Alex Saberi isn’t your average nature photographer. The London-based web designer turned award-winning photographer sidestepped formal training and instead turned to the internet to learn the skills which helped him create a beautiful portfolio of nature, wildlife and landscape photographs. What is even more impressive is that many of his stunning photographs capture scenes that a lot of city dwellers would expect to see in remote rural locations, rather than only a few miles from London’s metropolis.

From a rooftop in Notting Hill, west London, with the constant drone of traffic and the occasional ear-piercing siren providing the familiar background noise of city living, I spoke to Alex about his transformation from keen amateur photographer to having his collection of photographs taken in Richmond Park, in south-west London, grace the pages of many of the country’s national
and regional newspapers. “I was always interested in photography, but I only had a point-and-shoot camera and never really expanded on it,” he explains. “But [in 2005] I started to compete on this website called DP Challenge where you have a challenge every week under a different genre, such as taking the best picture of shadows or the best landscape photo; after everybody has voted on their favourite photo you have an overall winner at the end of the week who is awarded a virtual ribbon.”

Read the full article here.

Published in Photography Monthly, August 2011.