Signed Books

Here are the books I have created. All available for sale and signed with a personal dedication to you.

Through the Night, the passion of motorsport
Through the Night, the passion of motorsport
Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm 40 Pages UK softback edition. The theatre of the pit lane is something of a magical experience, hidden from the crowds in the grandstand, the drivers, mechanics and engineers all work towards winning the race. My first night time event was the Spa Six Hours where, I fell in love with my Leica Noctilux lens, providing me with such detail from utilising simple car headlamps. Visiting the Monte Carlo Rally Historic, Hitching a lift to the FIA World Endurance Championship Series at Le Mans for the 24 hours race, I slept in a car trailer empty of its Ferrari. A lifestyle editorial piece commissioned for the Nurburgring 24 hour race allowed me to walk around the Nordschleife Forest to witness the motor sport fans. Through the Night is a selection of my favourite photographs from these races. Some commissioned and others taken out of pure curiosity.
Spirit of Place, the Whisky Distilleries of Scotland
Spirit of Place, the Whisky Distilleries of Scotland
Large Hardback UK language Edition: Author: Charles MacLean Photographer: Lara Platman/ Allan MacDonald Format: Hardback, 288 Pages ISBN: 9780711235403 Publisher: Frances Lincoln A wide-ranging and evocative portrait of Scotland's distilleries, with text by renowned whisky expert Charles MacLean and photographs by Lara Platman and Alan MacDonald. Treating Scotland as eight distinct regions, this fascinating book describes the 'cultural terroir' of the country's fifty greatest distilleries; the ingredients, practices and traditions that result in such an exquisite range of whiskies. Specially commissioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes and communities through the changing seasons, as well as portraits of those craftsmen who work there, and the fabric of the buildings themselves. Spirit of Place is a unique addition to the literature on Scotch whisky, from the world's greatest expert on the subject. The perfect gift for anyone planning a tour of Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home.
Spirit of Place, the Whisky Distilleries of Scotland
Spirit of Place, the Whisky Distilleries of Scotland
New Small Hardback UK Edition Author: Charles MacLean Photographer: Lara Platman / Allan MacDonald ISBN: 9780711238916 Publisher: Frances Lincoln The new small-format edition of Spirit of Place, a wide-ranging and evocative portrait of Scotland's distilleries, with text by renowned whisky expert Charles MacLean and photographs by Lara Platman and Alan MacDonald. Treating Scotland as eight distinct regions, this fascinating book describes the 'cultural terroir' of the country's fifty greatest distilleries; the ingredients, practices and traditions that result in such an exquisite range of whiskies. Specially commissioned photographs capture the texture of the surrounding landscapes and communities through the changing seasons, as well as portraits of those craftsmen who work there, and the fabric of the buildings themselves. Spirit of Place is a unique addition to the literature on Scotch whisky, from the world's greatest expert on the subject. The perfect gift for anyone planning a tour of Scotland's distilleries, a souvenir for anyone who has visited them, and simply the perfect companion to a dram at home.
Harris Tweed, From Land to Street
Harris Tweed, From Land to Street
Author: Lara Platman Foreword by: Patrick Grant Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages ISBN: 9780711235625 Harris Tweed is a unique woollen textile that has been hand-woven by islanders off the west coast of Scotland for generations. Worn worldwide, it is cherished both for the clothing made from it and as a fascinating traditional craft. Lara Platman spent a year with the farmers, mill workers, weavers, tailors and designers who are carrying this tradition forward into the twenty-first century and in Harris Tweed: From Land to Street she follows the chain of craftsmen, from the islanders in the Hebrides to the tailors of Savile Row. With an eye for character, colour and light, and an ear for a good story, she has created extraordinary portraits of these living national treasures, complemented by evocative images of the landscapes of Harris, the tweed patterns whose textures and colours seem to emerge from the land, and the use of Harris tweed in the work of fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood, Margaret Howell and Paul Smith. Offering insights into a lifestyle whose continued existence may surprise many, this group portrait is a heartfelt celebration of craftsmanship and a way of life.
Art Workers Guild, 125 Years
Art Workers Guild, 125 Years
Behind the black door in a quiet Bloomsbury Square, the Art Workers Guild has guarded its secrets. Since the time of William Morris, whose portrait bust has pride of place in the meeting hall, the body of members has spanned generations and more artistic activities than that of any comparable organization. Lara Platman turns her lens to the art workers in their workplaces. The words and pictures show 130 of the many outstanding designers and makers at work in Britain, recording lives of dedicated commitment practical wisdom and enjoyment of the unexpected.
The Cygnet Goes to Monte Carlo
The Cygnet Goes to Monte Carlo
Lara takes the Aston Martin Cygnet to Monte Carlo. A small car & drives a long way. Her account is based upon records from woman drivers in the 1920's & encompasses some of her favourites: Route Napolean & 'Col de Perty', arriving in Monaco to watch the 8th Historic Grand Prix. The story of the road trip continues homewards to England.

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