Update on my book photography

I've been in London over the last week to take some photos for the book Poems from a runaway book.

"I'll just take some photos and make a film" I said. 'Should be easy' I thought.

What I didn't tell anybody is that even at the age of 32, I've never actually owned a decent camera, so all week I've been stuck on YouTube learning all sorts of stuff about photography I wish I'd learned years ago. But courses for horses I guess.

ISO 400 this, shutter-speed that. I think I'm getting to grips with it all now. 
But not even DIY photography Youtube course could prepare me for the ever-changing London scenery.
So much of what I knew from twenty years ago and really wanted to capture in the book has now simply gone, changed, been built over.

Whitechapel was interesting, it certainly had a much safer feel to it, or perhaps I'm just not seeing things. What I knew as the Royal London hospital on the face of Whitechapel High street has now closed down and the hospital has been relocated to the back.

There was no 'Gherkin' building in the skyline when I myself was in Whitechapel, so in terms of the book it feels strange to have it featured. I'm thinking perhaps getting permission for a few old photos. 
I didn't come across any old faces from Whitechapel whilst photographing there, but then again I was on my own at that time and those folk are to be found roaming in the night-time hours...it was too early even at 10 o'clock at night. 

The fire-exit of the nightclub on Piccadilly I used to sleep in, and the Lebanese restaurant next to it is now being built into something else and the doorway itself is actually blocked off.
I manage to get a few snaps with some of the 'then' Evening Standard sellers I knew from almost two decades ago when I was around late thirteen. Peter and John.
They'd sort of taken me under their wing after finding me gouching out from sleep deprivation on the steps of Green Park station.
I'd spent a lot of time hanging out with the Evening Standard sellers,and I was hoping to find George who I mainly hung out with during the time I spent there, but he's moved elsewhere but I'm tempted to track him down.

A few other contacts I was planning to meet have gone off the radar and I'm hoping will be back in touch soon.
Filming has been a bit of pain due to some technical stuff at the moments, as especially as I didn't hit target on the fundraiser it's slowed thing down a touch. 
So there's still a return trip to London to do soon for some more filming.

Anyway I thought I'd give anyone interested an update. And to my supporter members, I'll working on getting some more quality content to you, it's all in the process.
Here's a picture of me and Peter who sold the Standard at Green Park tube station.
Ciao for now.
Quick rest up needed!



Great news to all my followers of my upcoming book - Poems from a runaway.

I'm taking pre-orders  for the VERY FIRST edition of Poems from a runaway. To get copies out over the festive period.

This will be a short and exclusive print run for anyone placing an order during this time.
After this time it will be unlikely there is a big print run until March, when the official launch campaign for my book will start.

If you'd like a copy or two of Poems from a runaway for over the winter period, then here's your chance to get your 350 page paperback written by yours truly.

If you are based outside of the UK, please contact me at benwestwooduk@gmail.com for special delivery arrangement.


Poems from a runaway - Quantity

A massive thanks to my poetry book project supporters.

Hello!

Ok, so to tell you the truth, I've overwhelmed myself a bit. Oh well, I'm sure it will keep me on my toes!

Anyway, a massive thanks to those who have donated to my crowdfunder campaign which is now over.
So I didn't hit my £600 target but that's OK, I'll still pull it all off and give my supporters some quality film and Vlog content as well as getting some images for the book and internet stuff.

By the time the deadline had finished my fundraising campaign at hit £345 which is fantastic and I'm really happy with the support.
However if your thinking of using 'Crowdfunder' to launch a similar campaign it might be worth noting that funds only come of out peoples account on the time of the project deadline, which has sort of screwed me over a little bit.

I'll be topping up the shortfall with my own money so don't worry about that, but actually £45 of my donations haven't made it into the kitty which is why I'm going to be have to be doing some busking to top it up.
(£40 of it was my own donations to the campaign which I thought had been cleared from my bank which was empty at the time of the campaign deadline. I did think for a moment I may have had some extra money in my account but had presumed everything I'd paid on my card had been cleared.)

So yeah sort of my own fault but in a way I'm sort of lucky it was only mine and one other persons £5 donation that never made it into the crowdfunder pot, it would have been a disaster if a few others had also been skint at the time.
I'm also hoping it hasn't confused everyone else who's transactions were successful in the end, I'm presuming a few of them may have thought their donations had already been added. Sorry to anyone if it has.

Mid-way through the campaign it was obvious I wasn't going to hit target, so decided to change the 'anything over the £600 target' gets donated to The Connections at St Martins , to 15% of the total funds raised.
I would have felt a bit crappy not hitting target and not donating to them after aiming to include them in the campaign, and with just over £50 for them raised from the crowdfunder which is great, I think a charity busk is in order to top that up a little bit.

The Connection at St Martins are a great charity based in Central London providing much help for people finding themselves homeless including help with emergency housing, practical help such as washing facilities, hot food and internet access as well as organising  art/music workshops, sports, therapy groups and trips out.
They have played an important part in my teenage life and important years growing up and continue to provide support to homeless people many years on.

If you'd like to make a donation to them directly you can by visiting the following link.
https://www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk/donate/

Also a big welcome aboard to my new supporter members who donated at least a tenner towards my crowdfunder.
Your welcome packs and all the new unreleased content I've been writing towards my book are on their way and by the time you've read this you may already be stuck into the poems :)
I can't wait to produce you some cool film, thanks for helping me make this happen!

If you missed the crowdfunder campaign but still want to become a supporter member and gain exclusive access to all my new content as well as updates then you can find out more at the following link.
It's sort of like buying the book in advance, in digital for, but getting loads of bonus features such as poems that may not make it into the book, first drafts , films and new ideas.
Once your a supporter member you'll be a vital part of helping my book project push along, and you won't be forgotten.
Find out more here > http://benwestwooduk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/supporters-area-bens-poetry-book-poems.html

So that's it for now really. I'm excited about London but I've done so much yapping on about the crowdfunder that it's taken me away a little bit. I'm going to enjoy doing it but in a way I'll be relieved when it's done.
I just want to get writing again which hasn't been happening so much with all this crowdfunder stuff going on.
So time to get everything wrapped up and give these good people what they paid for.

Ciao for now!
Massive Love.
Ben Westwood.

Great news to all my followers of my upcoming book - Poems from a runaway.

I'm taking pre-orders between 31st of November until Sunday 5th of December for the VERY FIRST edition of Poems from a runaway. To get copies out over the festive period.

This will be a short and exclusive print run for anyone placing an order during this time.
After this time it will be unlikely there is a big print run until March, when the official launch campaign for my book will start.

If you'd like a copy or two of Poems from a runaway for over the winter period, then here's your chance to get your 350 page paperback written by yours truly.

If you are based outside of the UK, please contact me at benwestwooduk@gmail.com for special delivery arrangement.


Poems from a runaway - Quantity