The Challenge of Writing Your First Photographic Publication

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Tonight, a part of the country we know and love - The Chilterns - right there on our doorstep - care of Jon Scourse, a club member. But this was a bit more than a series of images - excellent though they were, 'cos Jon was here to tell us about the processes (and the highs and not-so-highs) of having his book published!

He described how it all started - a conversation with the leader of a "Light and Land" course he was on - and how the idea then developed through a meeting with the publishers who were looking for a book on The Chilterns (ideal as Jon lives in and knows the area well!). In planning the book, however, Jon found that he was discovering parts of The Chilterns with which he was not so familiar (bet he is now!) and that he would be exploring new territory.

Jon explained how he divided the Chilterns into distinct areas and took us, through his superb images, on a circular tour - starting and ending at Goring. In the course of the presentation we visited the iconic Chiltern beech woodlands (apparently there for the furniture industry in the High Wycombe area); we saw picturesque villages such as Ewelme with its mediaeval, Chaucerian roots and Great Missenden with the Roald Dahl museum; windmills at Pitstone and Turville; the house and watermill at Mapledurham - and even a glimpse of Chequers! And then of course, there was the Thames at the area's southern boundary and in the air above, the ever-present red kites.

A really superb evening Jon - and thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Now we wait with bated breath for the book to be launched in the shops - you'll have a few customers here!


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