To mark their 50th anniversary the Friend’s of Richmond Park have produced a comprehensive and compelling guide book to Richmond Park.

This much needed companion to this amazing park is clearly laid out with over 300 photographs from a number of local photographers, including myself.

The guide book is available on Amazon as well as directly from www.frp.org.uk.

 

I was thrilled to be invited to the Friends of Richmond Park’s 50th Anniversary Party at Pembroke Lodge on Sunday.

The event was a celebration of the work the Friends have done over the last 50 years, from the time the amazing Wendy Macaulay had the passion and determination to make Richmond Park a safe and accessible place for everybody to enjoy.

The event featured an exhibition and displays of the history and wildlife of Richmond Park as well as speeches from FRP chairman, Ron Compton, Friends’ President, Lord Rix and by guests of honour Sir David Attenborough and Wendy Macaulay, co-founder of the Friends of Richmond Park.

Wendy Macaulay, Lord Rix, Sir David Attenborough and Steve Morgan: 

Lord Rix and Sir David Attenborough share a joke before their speeches.

The hugely popular children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson also attended and is currently hosting the Poems in the Park competition.

FRP chairman, Ron Compton gets the event started…

Sir David Attenborough in front of my photograph of “Deer on a winter morning

Sir David Attenborough and myself after the presentation.

Simon and his talented team from MyStMargarets have created a beautiful and very usable calendar of stunning photographs from around the borough of Richmond upon Thames.

I am pleased to say that a number of my favourite photos have been selected for inclusion in the calendar, along with some lovely images by another local photographer, Diana Havenhand.

The aim of this limited edition calendar is to support the local community of St Margarets. Copies are available from “Mrs Moon” and “Gift” in Crown Road and “Denham & Finney” on St Margarets Road.  Copies are also available from Orleans Infants and St Stephen’s Junior Schools at £8 each.

And remember, if you like any of my photographs in the calendar, they (and more) are available to buy online and would make great Christmas presents!

I am pleased to say my photo of a stag bellowing in Richmond Park during the rutting season has been published in a stylish new magazine for Londoners called Lost in London.

Lost in London is the brainchild of Lucy Scott and Tina Smith – ‘two country lovers at heart’. In their gorgous new magazine they bring together all the secret and wild opportunities that exist in our amazing city, from orchards in Hackney to houseboat living in Islington to, of course, the beautiful Richmond Park.

The magazine is stylishly illustrated and packs loads of original ideas between it’s little A5 covers. Well worth a read.

I am pleased to announce that a selection of my greetings cards of Richmond are now available in Waterstones, Richmond.

They have taken pride of place in Waterstones’ Local Interest section as soon as you walk into the store, so please take a look the next time you pass (and maybe even support my photography by buying one or two!)

I have a selection of 5 greetings cards so far which, as well as being available to buy online are also available in the brilliant ‘Gift’ shop on Crown Road in St Margarets.

 

I am proud to announce that my photograph taken of early morning rowers on the River Thames from Richmond Bridge has been shortlisted in the My View of London photographic contest.

This high profile photography competition had support from Joan Collins, Tamara Beckwith as well as WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye.

The competition was a collaboration between the newly opened Park Plaza Westminster Hotel and the Fight for Sight charity.

Fight for Sight is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.

My photo will be part of a month long exhibition of in the Park Plaza so when you’re next in Central London please do take a look. The print is also available to buy online or in the Timothy Graham Gallery in St Margarets.

I am thrilled to announce that my prints of Richmond are available at the superb Timothy Graham Gallery on Crown Road in St Margarets (020 8744 9033).

The limited edition prints are available signed and mounted as well as with a choice of quality custom frames so please pop in next time you are nearby and take a look.

There are also some great prints from other local photographers like Jeffrey Jaye and Joanna Jackson, plus some interesting vintage prints of the local area.

Within walking distance of Richmond Park, The Plough is the perfect pub to showcase the stunning photographs of Richmond and Richmond Park from local photographer, Steve Morgan.

So, with the weather finally improving why not combine an invigorating walk in Richmond Park with lunch or dinner at the relaxing Plough in East Sheen. There is plenty of outdoor dining if the weather is warm or if you arrive for dinner on a colder evening snuggle up in one of alcoves or nooks inside and savour some of the options on the inspired menu such as ‘stuffed chicken breast with wild mushroom risotto’, or the amazing Sunday Lunch.

More about the photographer

Originally from rural Suffolk, Steve Morgan has lived locally in Richmond for many years and was drawn to the area by the beautiful landscapes of Richmond Park, the River Thames and surrounding areas.

Steve graduated with a Fine Art degree in 1997 and soon had a number of group and solo exhibitions across the UK. His work has been selected by Turner Prize winner, Mark Wallinger, and by actor and presenter Griff Rhys-Jones to represent artistic talent from East Anglia. His photographic passion for Richmond is evident in his prints in this exhibition.

What’s more, his beautiful prints of Richmond Park and the local areas are available to buy framed or unframed, or now as greetings cards.

Find out more about Steve Morgan.

We are lucky in Richmond to have to River Thames pass through east to west (or west to east depending on the tide!) which provides some dramatic and memorable sunsets and sunrises as well as some great panoramas of Richmond riverside and bridge.

Going to Richmond Park in atmospheric low-light conditions is one of the most exciting times to photograph the deer. The following photographs were taken with ISO 1600 for a really grainy and moody look just as the last remaining light was fading and I was left to get out of the park in darkness.

These prints, and more, are available to buy online through my website.