I always say repeat jobs are my favourite kind of work; a) because you know the people and can really start to build relationships, and b) because it shows the customer is happy with my work and wants me back. Since this is the 7th project I’ve done for Hitchin Historical society and 4th book launch I assume I’m doing something right.
Hitchin Historical Society are known for their regular publications describing local history, and their latest venture is a book describing the plants and history of the Physic garden in Hitchin. The Physic garden was created in the grounds of the town library in the 1980’s and houses a number of plants with medicinal and household uses. The book entitled “The Physic Garden in Hitchin” was written by three of the team who maintain the garden and a small celebration was given by Hitchin Historical Society to launch the book.
My first task on arriving at the book launch was to introduce myself to the authors and ask them to pose for some formal portraits before the day got too busy. The bright sunshine made for a beautiful day, however wasn’t ideal for portraits so I asked the authors to pose in the shade of a group of trees and made use of the white walls of the library as a giant reflector to give some nice soft light.
I discovered that part of the day’s celebrations included guided tours of the garden, so I approached on of the guides and asked for a tour so I could learn about the flowers before taking some shots to show off the garden. The official book launch itself did begin until 12:00 so after the tour I had plenty of time to walk around the garden to take my photos, and knew which plants were of special local interest, or were key features in the garden. The center-piece of the garden is the bronze sundial shaped like a pestle and mortar, so I was particularly keen to include this in my shots.
As part of the event a series of gazebo’s had been set-up for sales and for the authors to sit while they signed copies of the book, however this also contained a display about the garden and it’s history so I made sure I took several shots of the display and the sales team and authors at work.
At 12:00 there was a short presentation recognizing and thanking all of the team who put the book together, and those who’s families had played a part in the history of the garden, ending with a series of toasts and gifts for the relevant parties.