Photographer has eye for the English idyll

Doug Kennedy - published a book called An English Village Idyll, pictured in Cuddington
Doug Kennedy - published a book called An English Village Idyll, pictured in Cuddington

A photographer has compiled a book of images capturing the charm of the traditional English village.

The photographs, taken in villages around Bucks including Long Crendon and Cuddington, provide a snapshot of a quintessentially English way of life.

Doug Kennedy, the man behind the camera, says: “This book is a celebration of the beauty of our traditional villages.

“These are picturesque, peaceful places with a good community as well.

“It’s how an English village should look.”

The 64 year old, who lives in Cuddington, was motivated to bring the book to market by the response of friends and family to the images.

He said: “I created the book for myself initially, but when I showed it to people almost everyone told me that they would like to have a copy for themselves.”

Called An English Village Idyll, the book is made up of 60 pages of photographs from around the local area.

Although the focus of the camera is on the villages of Bucks, Mr Kennedy believes that the images have a wider, national appeal.

He said: “The book is produced for local demand and covers a very limited geographical area, but is attempting to get over the atmosphere and loveliness of a typical English village. I hope it will have a wider appeal than simply local interest.”

The book is Mr Kennedy’s second compilation of 
photographs of the natural world, following the success of Chiltern Landscapes which featured pictures of the 
hills and valleys of the Chilterns.

Mr Kennedy, who has a ‘passion’ for nature, said: “I’ve been taking photos since I was 11 and did not realise that there was any market for me to sell them.

“I’m just doing something I love with these books, which is taking photographs of our nature and landscape.”

Mr Kennedy admits his professional life has ‘been nothing if not eclectic’.

He is a trained biologist with a masters degree in environmental science, was at one point a professional classical guitarist and currently runs an IT business.

“I have a very eclectic life, an interesting one but a crazy one.”

To see a selection of Mr Kennedy’s pictures, or to contact him about a copy of the book, visit his website at

The book is officially launched The Book House in Thame on Thursday, December 6 at 6.30pm. It will also be available from Waterstone’s in Aylesbury and local gift shops.