Right, it seems there is a certain amount of fondness for this. Who knows, if everyone who reads this could poke people they know and contacts on social media or elsewhere (boardsies who maybe still reading/not posting), maybe you'd get some additional interest beyond the forum.
Here's how it *could* work with minimum effort (sorry, lazy me
) but might be better than it being gone for good -- maybe ramp up again in subsequent years if there was a desire to do so.
- Pick date. (4 weeks from now or in a day or two if we decide it *might* work).
- Open for immediate submissions (set up a gmail or similar). As submissions are made, they can be added to the publication software.
- Put an upper limit on the numbers of photos (you know.... just in case)
- Choose Blurb solution (or anything that supports self ordering)
- On the appointed submission closing date, whoever is doing the compilation adds the final images and as soon as they can publish the book.
- If someone wants to organise a group buy then let them fire ahead with all that goes with it -- this, if i recall correctly and even with the best of intentions and efforts was an arduous, time consuming, and thankless task -- was even a few rows and close shaves in the past -- a bail out was even involved while paypal froze money of one poor volunteer.
- People wouldn't have to join a group unless the wanted to - they could just order from the blurb site on an individual purchase basis.
You would have to leave it to a persons honour that if they submit an image, then they will purchase a book.
The above mightn't make a fortune for the charity but it might just get the project back on track(ish) for those that are interested.
In reality I get the sense on the forum that there are less people pursuing photography as a hobby *at the moment* [yup, hands up here] or some that might just need this as their muse/inspiration to get back in the game [yeah, hands up here too!].
The above is lower key than anything in the past. A launch party? This is very time consuming (again, if i recall correctly). Maybe don't build the expectation for this. It appears many would be happy just to take part, have something published that they can get a hold of, and help to contribute a little to a charity prior to Christmas. If it were to happen (again, if there was interest and someone wanted to organise), then fine - let it happen. But don't let the organisation of this or lack of prevent a book from being produced.
Now that i'm thinking of it. We could have a photo walk one Saturday in the lead up to the closing of submissions - 2 or more would be enough for a photowalk, with an objective to get *THE*
photo on an afternoon or just meet up for the fun if you already have an image in mind.
So, what say you???.......... Worth taking a lower key approach or not?