The Virgin Gardener / Jill Mead

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A nice open brief to shoot Laetitia Maklouf gardening in her west London flat for her book ‘The Virgin Gardener’, which became both The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph Gardening Book of the Year.

A lifetime’s experience of shooting in and around some of the most challenging and restrictive spaces was good preparation for the days that followed. The establishment of a great working relationship, the ability to teeter over balconies and imaginative deployment of plant pots all combined to produce a body of work that conveyed the subject’s enthusiasm and knowledge. It was fun and full of mischief. Thankfully there was a sequel; Sweet Peas for Summer.


About Jill

Jill’s love of photography blossomed from early expeditions with her family, taking pictures of abandoned farms on the North York Moors. She now feels incomplete without a camera and is fascinated by pretty much everything

"Everyone has a story to tell. I am not sure how it happens but when I ask the un-askable questions people open up. Whether I am working with a shy child or the most volatile chef on earth. The more trust you build, the more authentic the outcome.

Working with Antman back-up comes with many advantages: chief amongst them simply being able to concentrate on my job. The ratio of successful shots is testament to this.”

(To read more about Jill Mead, see Who we are)

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