The Large Pics facility on the Orkney Image Library of Orkneycommunities.co.uk has returned, and I am pleased to say can in some instances be applied retrospectively (approx 2 years back). Any favourites you want to see large, get in touch and I'll see what we've got on file.
Also there was a short-lived problem about a fortnight ago where comments were added to the wrong pictures. This should be fixed, but if you added a comment between a week and three weeks ago and it hasn't appeared, please add it again.
What support can you give?
Well, to underwrite the production costs and increase the amount to charity we are looking for businesses and other bodies to sponsor individual months. For sponsorship of £100 you can get a colour banner on the page, carrying your message to the 1500 households that we hope will use it in 2011, and being associated with a very worthwhile project. The banner will be up to 3000mm2 in area, e.g. 200 x 15 mm or 55 x 55 mm.
Send an email to email@example.com if you wish to sponsor a month or find out more. Act quickly though as we will be finalising everything in the next few weeks!
The other support anyone can give is to buy it when it comes out, hopefully early in July. An ideal Christmas gift.
The calendar will be printed full colour on quality paper, opening to A3 size for the view per month. The featured picture will predominate, with a calendar section for notes on the rest of the page. However, as this is the Orkney Image Library we are talking about, we also have comments about the pictures and we'll be making use of this wealth of information too. Every picture tells a story, and production values will be high.
The pictures themselves are diverse, reflecting the range of contributions to the Image Library- some of the pictures that might be used can be seen here, subject to permission or availability of a large version. Grateful thanks goes to the many contributors who have already allowed their pictures to be used free of charge, and gone to the trouble to dig out high resolution versions.
Generally individual pictures will used per month but some work well together so there will be pages with themes. These are likely to be the County Show, the Otter Bank from launch as the Otter to the present day, and the Ring of Brodgar at night, from above and in the snow.
It's surely to destined become a sought after collectors item attracting bids of hundreds of pounds at the mart in years to come. Better buy two and keep one pressed flat, in a dark dry space.