Photographers Neil Aldridge, Matt Maran and Andy Parkinson, whose work can be seen within the pages of the Guardian, National Geographic or BBC Wildlife, have been photographing and observing red foxes for many years. All of the previously mentioned share a love for foxes – and an understanding.
This collaborative photography hardback, Fox: Neighbour Villain Icon, takes a deep dive into the life of the red fox, with essays by natural history experts and other academics as well as those that do their best to protect foxes. There’s even support from the other side of the fence, so to speak – a chicken farmer who comments, of foxes, “Rural Britain would be depleted and poorer without them.” With the essays accompanied by over 100 magnificent photographs, the book covers all aspects of fox life – from surviving in the wild and within cities alike, to the danger hunting presents to their rescue and rehabilitation.
In a chapter covering facts and myths, it’s intriguing to read of the reflective cells in foxes’ eyes which sharpen their night vision – and that the image of them as scavengers of food waste farfetched (they mostly live on natural foods such as earthworms or rodents). Fox: Neighbour Villain Icon is both visually spellbinding and educational, setting the record straight for an often misunderstood and demonised, but ultimately fascinating and beautiful creature.
Fox: Neighbour Villain Icon, Neil Aldridge / Matt Maran / Andy Parkinson (Hemisphere)
Price: £35. Info: here
words DAVID NOBAKHT