Photo Rehab Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrap up #8 New Challenge #9

Cover Makeover is the new themed feature of the Photo Rehab, created by me and Desley from Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist.

Every week we give a new prompt, and participants go wild, using all their creativity, and producing fabulous covers far better than the original ones used by publishers.

Welcome to last week’s Wrap up and to the new challenge for the week.

Apologies for this delayed post which should have been out on Thursday at 12:15 am CET. It is a long and frustrating story to tell, so I’d better give you something better than ranting, which is to appreciate last week’s wrap up with the stunning covers of all challengers!

This was last week’s theme:

And here are the gorgeous covers made by the participants. We’ve included the links to their blogs, so that you can visit them to learn how they made their covers. Go and visit!

We start with a new challenger who joined us this week. A warm welcome to Book Genesis, bringing a stunning cover! In making the cover, the country/rural aspect of the story and the scene of the electric chair were the inspiration for the creativity. That’s the scene of the movie that I also never forgot.


Sabina Ayne from Library of Cats. Toby is a very gifted artist. He took one of mom’s photos from Alaska and one of the crows she likes so much, overlayed the crow, greened it up a bit, zoomed it and added the text. What a gorgeous result!


Jennifer Nichole Wells didn’t use miniatures or images this time. She showed her mastery editing a photo of  a 1930s electric chair on green linoleum with a mouse added to the image. If you watched the movie or read the book,  you will agree that this cover represents it perfectly. Fabulous.


Joanne from Coffee Fuels My Photography tried to go out fishing  with Master Fourteen and mates but it didn’t go well as expected. On the way back to the highway she took this photo as proof they’d at least attempted to fish the infamous Power Line!  And at least she had a fabulous photo to make the book jacket.


Debbie from Deb’s World! chose a photo with an amazing white marker line on the field. And she smartly concluded that it fitted in with the ‘mile’ in the title and the green! Great cover, Debbie.


Disperser Tracks posts on the Cover Makeover always bring explanations to his choice of photos and editing processes, and this was no exception. This cover evokes many memories from remarkable passages of the book/movie. Well done!

Savannah, Fort Jackson,
Savannah, Fort Jackson,


Julie Powel Photographer and Graphic Artist, made her stunning cover for this week’s challenge with a shot inside Beechworth Gaol in Victoria, which house many criminals including Ned Kelly and Chopper Reed. She transformed it in Silver Fx into a grainy B&W and then in Photoshop added an olive-green gradient and then a black gradient to darken and give a moody feel. Then the text.


Sara Vernon from First Night Design didn’t think she could get this ready in time. She had loathed everything she’d tried. But when she could not sleep, inspiration was her best company. She replaced one of her photos of some museum gates with a photograph of some prison gates from Wikimedia and blended it with a texture from 2 Lil’ Owls. She was more than happy with the result. I am absolutely happy! It is fabulous.

Original & vintage art © First Night Design []
Original & vintage art © First Night Design []
 And now is the time for you to learn about the theme for the Cover Makeover #9!

When deciding what to go for the new challenge, I opted for the classic novel written in 1949 by English author George Orwell’s, the famous Nineteen Eighty-Four or 1984! 

I read it when I was a teen and it has greatly impressed me. I am sure you will all agree that this book is timeless, and any of us, regardless of the year we were born, will admit that fiction can sometimes be softer than reality. Here is an excerpt:

“The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government’s invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrime”.

The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality but who may not even exist. The Party “seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power.” The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party, who works for the Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to rewrite past newspaper articles, so that the historical record always supports the party line. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.

As literary political fiction and dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot and style.”

Source: Wikipedia

Here is one the latest covers:



And as you may know, Desley and I make our version of the challenge. Here is Desley’s version This is her turn to create our own version.

So, ready to go for the next challenge?

Here is how it works.

  • Every Thursday we will give you the name of a book, music or movie, etc. and share with you our take on a new cover.
  • You will prepare you own cover by using your archive photos or shooting a new one to go with the theme.
  • Prepare your post and publish it. Remember to Ping Back (hyperlink) to this post. You may also copy your link to the comments section of this post.
  • Use the tag #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover, so that we can find your post in the WP reader.
  • Add your photo to the link provided below. In this way, you expose your photo to the other participants and the audience of the Photo Rehab.
  • If you wish, you can add to your post the badge we made for the challenge (below).
  • We will make a weekly wrap up of all the ingenious cover makeovers photos!

Every Thursday at 12:15 am CET you will find here the combined post. Immediately after that, every Thursday at 12:30 am CET, you will see the post with our version of the cover, which either Desley or I will create.

Isn’t this a cool challenge?!

Now that you have your theme, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in.

Here is the link to add your Cover Makeover to the link where all photos are. Click on the image below to add your cover when you are ready.


Happy Cover Makeover-ing 🙂

Lucile and Desley

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