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About

Great Dixter - Portrait of a Garden

Photographs by Julian Anderson

With book design by Michael Harrison

The Project

In February 2017, I embarked on a project chronicling the four seasons in one of Englands most iconic gardens, Great Dixter, East Sussex.

Since then, I've visited Dixter on a weekly basis, photographing at different times of day and in differing weather conditions, for one calendar year. The result is a series of pictures chronicling Dixter's evolving life, as seen through the eye of a portrait photographer.

This Kickstarter project is to enable the publication of a limited edition of 500 copies of a beautiful book honouring the sensitivity of the garden with an elegant, pared-back design and a seasonal photographic narrative. It will be printed in England by award winning printers Pureprint (also based in East Sussex). In order to do justice to the scope of the project the book  will be 250 pages, with approximately 365 images, 235mm x 175mm Portrait, using several different fine quality paper stocks and a linen embossed flexi-bound cover with a ribbon marker. There will be a brief introduction to the work, after which the photographs will be displayed chronologically, with dates. It will end with an index featuring small thumbnail pictures and the plant names, for reference.

Funds from this campaign will be used to print the book, cover travel to the printer to check proofs on the press and make the prints for the pledges. In addition a percentage from the book sales will be donated to the Great Dixter charitable trust. So far, I have funded the project myself and have made over 50 visits to the garden. 

Thank you for your interest. (And thanks also to my son Noah Anderson for composing the slideshow's soundtrack). 

Here are two slideshows of the available prints. Enjoy!

'Beautiful photographs' - Matt Willey, Art Director, The New York Times magazine, May 2018

'Many years ago, I had the great pleasure of going to Great Dixter for the first time, to ask Christopher Lloyd if he would write a weekly column for the Guardian Weekend. Which he did, until the week he died. Christopher showed me round his garden himself and it was a magical experience. For me, the garden will always be magical and Julian Anderson has captured that in his photographs. - Deborah Orr, Former editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine, May 2018

'Take a look at Julian Andersons proposal for a book of his photographs of Great Dixter and think about supporting him. I am. - Dan Pearson, Award winning landscape and garden designer, May 2018.

Julian, May 2018

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The Great Dixter planting spade print.
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Risks and challenges

As the photographs of the year in the life of the garden have been completed there is little risk in backing the project; the funding is to realise the book in its final printed form. I hope to have the books printed and sent out to those who have made a pledge by the end of September 2018, well in time for Christmas :)

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