Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Interesting article about use of photography to challenge stigma in mental health by Chris O'Sullivan of TMF


Six percent update

Its onwards and upwards - well at least I think so.....  Last few weeks have been hectic although the designer is now on board and we've met to agree the way forward.  He now has the cover image and the aim is to produce a pdf of the cover so that we can start to use it for promotional purposes.  I have a meeting with a potential distributor and then printer this week and so that part is being nailed down.  The printer does work for bloomsbury and so the quality should be very good.  Distributor looking for between 50 and 60% of the cover price which seems to be the norm and so setting the RRP will be key. Initial print run 500 we expect.

Also need to look at an exhibition venue in Edinburgh as suggested by DSS - they will tour the exhibition next year around scottish venues. Work to be done there also in terms of how the images will be presented.

And last but not least the picture taking.  I have shoots this weekend and next and and following up on others.  I need to get the content substantively finished in Sept.  Meeting the twins again Saturday although its kind of weird as I'll be circulating Edinburgh until they have their nap and will get a call when I'll dash over and photograph them sleeping as I missed it first time around.

So lots to think about but can't wait to see the end result.

Putting less images in my blog right now saving them for a bigger impact.... G

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Presenting at SMHAFF in October

I had a great call with Chris O'Sullivan at TMF and he has invited me to present at SMHAFF in Edinburgh later this year.  I'm really looking forward to the event and the discussions that follow. @mentalcapital

6% goes to Prague

Just got back from the weekend to Prague when I travelled with Cameron and his Mum and Dad.  I wanted to visit the hospital where Cameron was born and take photographs for potential inclusion in the book.  In the end the Gynaecologist, Jana, gave my unrestricted access to the birthing suite for an hour and I had all that time to work.  The project continues to be a very emotional one as I could imagine the sights and sounds of what must have been happening as Cameron was born and as he struggled to breath.  I still prefer to take fewer photographs than whats become the norm with digital cameras as that works best for me. And so its quite normal for me to leave with 36 or 72 photos but knowing that I have what I need.  Sitting in the gloom of the hospital corridor looking at the light coming from the door of the delivery suite I noticed in the reflection of the stainless steel door a doctors white coat, hanging over chair.  I knew I had what I needed...

Next week more photo shoots as I need to get what I need before the end of September.  Meeting with our designer Umair Akthar next week to discuss final details and to agree his costs.

George James Ltd donated £1000 towards print costs and set us on our way towards covering the £12k needed for the first print run.

The new camera provides huge files and so I've now filled my hard disk - rethink required re my storage system.......