After a 5 hour drive we arrived at Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s place in Devon. Compared to the illusion we see on TV about a quiet country house, it is a large area of farm land with a full time TV production and Hugh’s operational team attached to it. Down the bottom of a large hill stands the perfectly kept vegetable patches and a nice farmer’s house where all the filming takes place. Attached are the barns, one which is filled with offices and the other is now only a stone a stark reminder of the fire which disposed of the rest of it not long ago.
We had planned a studio shoot feel to the shoot so I had a backdrop to hand. The problem was that there wasn’t a space for me inside. Awaiting rain any minute I took the chance of setting up everything, open air, in the burnt down barn. The wind was too much for the backdrop so I ended up nailing it to a wooden frame that was there. Finally I had my studio ready and the checklist of ideas were waiting to be visualized. I still felt that the ideas I wanted to execute could get better so I looked around the farm and found some edible flowers. The idea of making a ‘hippy style’ flower headpiece struck me and I knew it would look good provided Hugh was up for it.