Hello, everyone! I’m delighted that at last I can announce a project I’ve been working on for a year and a half – my new book, “Vintage Roses”, a 240-page book of my rose photographs, was released a few weeks ago in London! I worked with a wonderful team at Pavilion Books and with garden writer Jane Eastoe. I took the photographs in so many locations – the States, England, Europe and South America – and they represent many beautiful, romantic varieties, including 24 David Austin roses. You can imagine that working on this was such a joy, culminating in me being able to present a copy to David Austin himself recently! Here are a few of the interior pages:
The planning, travel, shooting, editing and production of the book were a tremendous investment in time over the last year, so in case you were wondering why I haven’t been around here as much as usual, this is one of the reasons. :) As always, I appreciate you joining me on this journey. It would not be nearly as rewarding without you!
The book is currently available on amazon.uk, waterstones.com and in bookstores throughout the UK. And I’m very happy to say that it will be released in the US in January! I’ll keep you updated when it is available for pre-order.
Hoping you all had a great summer and are enjoying a beautiful autumn. And on the Paris front, more book news coming soon!
Hello, dear friends! As many of you know, I spent nearly three months in Paris this past spring while writing and photographing my upcoming book on Paris to be published by Abrams early next year. (!!) Many of my shoots required private access to major museums and locations and were set up well in advance, including this very epic one at Chateau de Versailles. And when I say I was “alone” at Versailles, it wasn’t just a solo trip. I literally was the only person (along with my French guide) in these glorious rooms for an entire morning. Let me tell you, my heart was pounding and I got shivers when I walked into the empty Hall of Mirrors, a space normally filled with visitors! (“Don’t blow the shots, I was telling myself!”)
Truly, it was a great privilege to be in this magnificent location under such circumstances. Imagining what these rooms have witnessed over the centuries, sensing the echoes of history, intrigue, personal dramas great and small, and seeing close up the myriad details of life in such splendor was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which I will always cherish. A special mention to the Pubic Relations staff at Versailles for their professionalism and friendliness and to my guide who had the idea to take this photo of me to commemorate the day.
Château de Versailles Some recommendations: The Château is closed on Mondays so Tuesdays tend to be the most crowded. I’ve found Thursdays to be a good choice. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to skip the longest of the lines and arrive early. Be prepared for a lot of walking within the château and grounds and take advantage of the small train and/or golf carts to travel between the main chateau, the Trianons and Marie Antoinette’s Hameau to save time and energy. If you prefer to just enjoy the grounds for a picnic or relaxing stroll, they are peaceful and vast, and entrance is free. Numerous tour companies in Paris offer guided tours to the Château which can help avoid lines and crowds, but the fees can be expensive. The Château website offers a wealth of information and inspiration. Allow a full day, or even two, if you can schedule it, to fully experience and appreciate this extraordinary location.
Wishing you all a beautiful week.
Hello, friends! Last summer I had the opportunity to photograph an abundance of David Austin roses for my upcoming book. Now that it’s off to the printer (to be released in September), I thought I’d share some of the images from the “cutting room floor” to get us all in a summery mood.
Above, new print series “Bed of Roses“, photographed while at All My Thyme farm in Washington.
Above, newly released print “Remnants“, photographed while at the David Austin Rose Center in Albrighton, England.
A carpet of roses from All My Thyme. It took the owner, Dawn, her daughter Claire and me several hours to cut the roses and to set this up!
Above, roses from the growing fields at David Austin, Albrighton, England.
And finally, for more rose-y goodness, pick up the Summer Edition of Garden Design Magazine. I’m very excited and honored to have a number of my photographs, including the opening spread above, appear in a specially-commissioned article on David Austin Roses. The article is fabulous, with new portraits of Mr. Austin himself, photographed by Richard Bloom. It’s a thrill to have my photos appear alongside those of Mr. Bloom and Clive Nichols, two of the UK’s top flower photographers, whose work has inspired me for many years.
Wishing you a beautiful summer!