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ELE Interview: Taking Five with Jessica Biggs, Photographer

Tumbling wisteria, candy coloured buildings and bunches of beautiful blooms, it was photographer Jessica Biggs’ photos of London, (making it look like the prettiest city of our dreams) that first captured our attention on Instagram. A click on her website had us hooked – revealing more of her beautiful travel photography from around the world.

We take five with Jessica this week to find out about her inspiration and to share some of her beautiful photography.

1. Where is your favourite travel destination and why?

That is such a tough question because I have so many! I’ll go with Italy. My family is Italian – they ran factories in Pisa (which are now the university’s Pontecorvo buildings) before they were forced out during the Second World War. We visit the area almost every year and I’ve used it as a base to explore the country a bit more. You can’t beat the magic of Italy, between the history, food, wine and obviously gelato… and it also has that special family connection for me. Kazakhstan is a very close second though, it was such a fascinating place!

2. What is your go-to recipe to cook at home?

There’s a Minimalist Baker recipe for pesto pasta that I make all the time. I work full time so I usually go for something easy and quick, and I try to cook plant-based meals at home to be healthier, so this ticks all the boxes.

3. What can’t you live without in the garden?

I live in central London so I don’t have a garden as such. It’s actually probably for the best though, because as much as I love wandering around and admiring other people’s gardens and greenery, I am actually terrible at keeping my own plants alive! I love climbing plants like jasmine and wisteria so I guess if I had my own garden I’d want something like that, along with some big palms and a nice chair.

4. What inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who tough it out to make something happen. Whether it’s taking a risk, taking a side hustle full time, building a successful corporate career, whatever, seeing other people’s perseverance and graft is a huge motivator for me.

5. Describe your perfect day.

As much as I love to sleep I also love starting the day early, with good coffee of course, and exploring somewhere new before everyone else wakes up. I love wandering in London and then finding somewhere nice for breakfast or lunch or more coffee, or escaping London to explore more of England. Walking, taking photos, and seeing new things probably sums it up.

Visit Jessica’s website to see more of her gorgeous photography and travels.

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