New book ‘UNCOMMONERS – Portraits of Life in the New Forest’ launches in May

Acclaimed photographer Steve Poole has created a study of the New Forest unlike any other: a series of environmental portraits that shed light on the vibrant, idiosyncratic human ecosystem at the heart of one of the UK’s most beloved National Parks.

Photo by Steve Poole

From extraordinary, intimate pictures of New Forest commoners engaged in ancient agricultural practices to spectacular shots of athletes, workers, hobbyists and artists among the area’s diverse landscapes, UNCOMMONERS is an expansive homage to a place that leaves a mark on all those who visit it—and to the people who call it their home.

Hampshire naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham who calls the New Forest his home said: “The New Forest is a hell of a place . . . one part hell, nine parts the best of heaven we have left. Steve’s photos are mostly of its angels and they are beautiful”

“Its a brave person who plunges their lens into the New Forest cauldron to focus upon its cast of disparate but passionate players – Steve stays sharp and finds some harmony.”

Photo by Steve Poole

The book is professionally written and beautifully designed, and features famous faces including naturalist Chris Packham, film critic Mark Kermode, actor Geraldine Somerville and legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler.

You can buy the 304 page book via Steve’s website.