The bestselling Beautiful... series has embraced sheep, pigs, cows and chickens in its growing portfolio of handsome beasts given the full studio treatment by a leading portrait photographer. Next into the frame waddle the humble members of the Anatidae family of birds.Beautiful Ducks plucks 40 of the world's most distinctive duck breeds from the pond and displays them in all thier glory. Stylishly lit and shot against draped backgrounds, these sitting ducks are prize-winning examples that have been primped and preened for their moment in the spotlight. They reveal not only a surprising diversity of shape and hue, but also a range of mischievous personalities and an uncanny ability to look the viewer in the eye. The book includes descriptions of each breed, covering their origins, physical attributes and uses. There's also a history of ducks, and introduction to breed basics, and reportage photography from rare breed shows. So, whether you wish to get abreast of the duck world, admire beautiful photography, or argue endlessly over your favourite portrait, if you're looking for an irresistible gift book then Beautiful Ducks is sure to fit the bill.
Liz Wright edits Smallholder magazine and is the author of several books on small farming. She is a panel judge for the Ponies Association (UK) as well as the British Show Pony Society (BSPS), and is a regular judge of Gypsy Cobs and retired race horses at horse shows. She also breeds Exmoors and Welsh Cobs on her own farm and has written articles for many horse publications, among them Horse & Hound.
Andrew Perris has tackled a wide range of challenging commissions during the 20 years he has worked as a photographer. These include photographing champion breeds at agricultural and poultry shows for Beautiful Pigs, Beautiful Chickens and Beautiful Ducks. His numerous corporate and advertising clients include Virgin, Sainsbury’s, Parker Pens, P&O Ferries and Royal Bank of Scotland.
As primped and polished as any supermodel, 40 of the world's most remarkable breeds of ducks take to being photographed like, well, ducks to water. The quirky, characterful portraits are backed by a history of ducks and descriptions of each breed. Fits the bill perfectly for spring.