The Virgin Gardener / Jill Mead
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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.
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)