The Saddleworth project is now finished and the book is published!!
It’s been hard work, more so because I wanted to create my own layout rather than use the publisher’s template pages. This allowed me the freedom to place text and images anywhere I wanted…and to do my own soft-proofing and CMYK conversions so that I could control as much as possible the quality of the finished product. (Who was it said I was a control freak?). Soft proofing I found to be something of a black art, but got the hang of it in the end and I’m sure that the result is much better then chancing the automatic conversion to CMYK that the publisher would have done, especially those photographs with lots of shadows. I am delighted with the proof copy and trust that further orders will be of the same high quality. (Update March 2010 – after receiving 4 batches of books, the quality control so far has been very good. Update 2011 – I am also buying books in bulk from a printer in Dorset).
I am also very pleased that top UK landscape photographer, Joe Cornish, has written a foreword for the volume and has given me much encouragement along the way. I am very grateful for his support.
I am donating all of my profit to the Christie Hospital Manchester, our local cancer specialist hospital. If you’d like to support this cause, or just have a look at some of the inside pages, please click the book link. You can also buy it directly from me and pay with PayPal or in person from Uppermill Museum Shop. If you don’t want to buy, please have a look anyway and maybe leave a comment! Thanks.