7 Years of Camera Shake

By David Plummer

A collection of wildlife photography in support of Parkinson's UK

Monday, 25 April 2016

Start of the 2nd Week

Monday morning and the first thing I did was check the status of the funding. 36%!!!!!! Way beyond my expectations. I've been in discussion about the cover image over the weekend. Personally, I'd like to go with the beaten up lion shot, but some are saying it's too brutal. That's kind of my point in using it. Comments anyone? dp
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Leanne Roberts
 Leanne Roberts says:

I didn't realise about the beaten up lion until I shared it. Was a bit concerned me sharing a pic of a beaten up animal if people didn't read what it was in aid off (working for an animal charity and all that).

posted 25th April 2016

Gary Neville
 Gary Neville says:

I'd have to go with the 'no' camp on this one David. Whilst it is a cracking shot, I feel that putting it on the front may cause undue discomfort to certain people, especially if the cover is linked and then shared across facebook, twitter, etc. I know my mother would not like it if I left the book on the coffee table... ;)

posted 25th April 2016

Jan Green
 Jan Green says:

It's pretty brutal! Lure people in with beauty, let the story unfold within the pages. Create your life and pain in pictures, I'm sure the stunning moments outweigh the ugly ones largely, celebrate that for the first seven years ..... There's always a sequel to think about ....

posted 25th April 2016

Joanne Hedger
 Joanne Hedger says:

The best cover photo will be the one that sells the most books for the charity; Irrespective of how good the shot is or how fitting the message. I'm no marketeer, but I suspect the wounded lion has lower appeal to the masses than say the cub in the rib-cage... new life from old.

posted 25th April 2016

Colin Gregory
 Colin Gregory says:

Its your book. If the lion image conveys your feelings about the book and its purpose, then stick with it.

posted 25th April 2016

Judith Green
 Judith Green says:

I am in the no camp too - it is too brutal for the cover. I agree with Gary's mother that I wouldn't want it on my coffee table!

posted 25th April 2016

Catherine George
 Catherine George says:

The picture is brutal, life can be brutal, and Parkinsons can be brutal. Its your book, its your story.

posted 25th April 2016

ann stuart
 ann stuart says:

I agree with Joanne Hedger the cub in the rib cage is brilliant, the lion with the gouged eye is brutal and although very good will put people off in buying the book.

posted 25th April 2016

Jomo Mitchismus
 Jomo Mitchismus says:

I'd say go with your gut feeling on it :0) .... that image can convey so many different messages of survival and strength and I can't imagine it putting people off; it would make me open the book.... x

posted 25th April 2016

Leanne Byrom
 Leanne Byrom says:

As much as I like it, and understand why you'd want it to be the book cover, my gut feel is that the image is too brutal as a cover shot. I'd be looking to entice readers whilst still showing the reality of nature, and unique shots and I think the cub in the rib cage does that better.

posted 25th April 2016

Joanne Whittaker
 Joanne Whittaker says:

Well if it was just for you then go with your heart. But if it's important to you to raise as much money as possible for Parkinson's then you might want a design that will appeal to as bigger audience as possible. Cubs - sell. Gory Mufasa - probably not! Good luck!

posted 25th April 2016

Lizzie Sparkes
 Lizzie Sparkes says:

I agree with the people who are saying no. Great image but as others have said need to entice them in but doesn't have to be a cute image. However stay true to your vision of the book.

posted 25th April 2016

Lawrie Garland
 Lawrie Garland says:

I also would encourage you not to use the injured lion picture, for all the reasons mentioned above. I would suggest the bellowing stag which is a strong image and gives a flavour of the strength and determination you have shown to deal with you health issues.

posted 26th April 2016

Gary Neville
 Gary Neville says:

A quick thought, as the book is hard cover, would there be a possibility of a dust jacket/cover? If so then use a family friendly (sits nicely on the Waterstones bookshelves) image on the dust jacket/cover and then on the hard cover itself, use the lion image?

posted 26th April 2016

Rachel Bicker
 Rachel Bicker says:

Brutal lion good, but best to draw in a wide audience and then blow their minds once they are in. Id also want to see this fascinating author in action; somewhere unexpected (like the dramatic storm facing shot you use on this blog).

posted 27th April 2016

Irene Maclennan
 Irene Maclennan says:

I wouldn't want this image lying on my coffee table either, it would make me uncomfortable, although happy to see the image and its powerful message in the inside of the book. Agree with the comments so far, an image with more appeal on the front will sell more books. I've just pledged and I hope it's not on the front cover.

posted 7th May 2016

Irene Maclennan
 Irene Maclennan says:

P.S. What about using the Kingfisher? You mentioned on the One Show they were your favourites? Lots of brilliant images though. I can imagine it will be hard to choose.

posted 7th May 2016

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