Sleeping with the Blackbirds

 Original photograph

Original photograph

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This is the front cover I photographed for Alex Pearl’s teen novel, Sleeping with the Blackbirds’. The book is a dark, comic tale that comes with a hefty dose of magic realism, so I wanted to create a stylish and moody cover that conveyed something of the fantastical, dream-like nature of the narrative. The shot was taken on Hampstead Heath, which features in the story. I also arranged and oversaw the design of the typography, which was hand drawn by Lyndon Povey. The book is published by Indepenpress and was launched at Waterstones.