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.