MK50 photography book project announced
Gill Prince, a Mitlon Keynes-based freelance urban, landscape and travel photographer has announced a photography book initiative as part of Milton Keynes Council’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
‘Vision to Reality’ will be a high quality art book which features 50 urban, landscape and architectural images of Milton Keynes as it is today. The purpose of this book will be to demonstrate to readers how beautiful and unique Milton Keynes is at 50 - to raise awareness and to help promote the town as a vibrant and exciting place to live and work.
To cover production costs for the initial 1,000 print run, support from Milton Keynes business in the form of sponsorship will be vital, and this is currently being sought. Lead sponsors will receive an agreed number of books for use as corporate gifts for Christmas 2016 and throughout 2017, and will have the opportunity to include an introduction message and branding in the front of the book. Additional supporting brand sponsorship opportunities will also be offered for smaller sponsors, whose logos will be included on the sponsors page and in supporting publicity.
Gill explains more about how the idea for this book came about, and why it is so important to her:
“The idea for a book of Milton Keynes images came about over lunch with Charlie Waite - an industry colleague and mentor, who is renowned as one of the leading landscape photographers in the UK and Worldwide. I was looking for a new project and happened to mention that Milton Keynes would be 50 in 2017, and that I would also be 50 in the same year. Not only that, but I first moved here in 1992 at 25, which was of course during the 25th anniversary celebrations.
Since then I have brought up a family here, and also run a successful freelance business in the town for well over a decade. I am a passionate supporter of Milton Keynes and take every opportunity to tell those who are less 'informed' never to judge based on perception or hearsay, but instead to come and see for themselves. My aim is that this selection of images will go some way to helping people understand what a beautiful and often surprising town we live in.”
Milton Keynes Council’s MK50 Project Manager, Lallie Davis also commented: “We’re delighted that MK’s 50th birthday is proving so inspiring to local artists, organisations and businesses and we wish Gill all the best as she develops this inspiring book.”
Subject to copyright, the book will also feature a number of extracts from the iconic Milton Keynes street maps which have been produced over the years, as well as from the original plans which were drawn up by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the run-up to 1967. Each extract will show an element of the map which indicates a 'future development' - for example a dotted line where a lake would be created, or a designated location for an iconic building - alongside an image that structure as it is today.
As part of the project we also plan to run a competition for schools and colleges within Milton Keynes to submit images of the city. The competition will be judged by a leading UK landscape photographer - and the winning entries, in two age categories, will also feature in the book. A full announcement on this, and on how to enter, will follow.
Gill started taking images for the book last Autumn and will be doing so for the next few months, to capture all of the different seasons. To keep up to date with how the project is developing, and to see images from all of the different shoots which Gill will be carrying out over the coming months, please follow her on social media and via her blog:
If you are interested in sponsoring the ‘Vision to Reality’ book initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07595 161855.