Things have been progressing well with sponsorship for the book, but events took an unexpected and even more positive turn a week or so ago! I was contacted by Ken Tomkins, owner of Kaizen Restaurants Ltd., a franchise of McDonald's in Milton Keynes – offering sponsorship for the book, and also saying how much he liked my images.
As a photographer this is always really good to hear, and I am delighted to have such a well-known brand as McDonald's associated with the book. Ken is the franchisee from three of the McDonald’s restaurants in MK and also heavily involved in a variety of events and activities - to support the local community, and to show the company’s love for Milton Keynes. More info about Kaizen Restaurants and Ken’s work his work can be found in the press announcement which went out this week – but here’s a section of Ken’s comments:
“As an employer of 250 local people in Milton Keynes, we are committed to giving back to the communities within which our restaurants trade, and we take our responsibilities very seriously in this regard. Gill’s superb photography of the city and its parks and open spaces, has caught our attention over recent times - and we are proud to support such a wonderful project.”
Our other lovely new sponsor this week is Furzton-based 1st Financial Foundations. I first got in touch with MD Yash Tosar after he commented on my Furzton Lake images in Twitter, and the conversation went from there – so I’m really pleased to have the form on board as well, as our 6th MK photography book sponsor.
Full details can be found in the press release. Thank you again to both Yash and Ken for their support!
In other news, I added a new ‘MK Panoramas’ gallery to my website this week. I have taken quite a few panos since working on this project – or at least, taken the separate images and then stitched them together in Adobe Lightroom. But the book is going to be square and so they won’t really look good on the page, as they would be very small – so I thought I would give them some exposure on my site, or they may never be seen, except on Twitter!
I think they show off MK quite well - or as Destination MK just commented after seeing them,‘Isn’t Milton Keynes stunning?'