When in lockdown… Make some zines!

With some extra time on my hands during the lockdown, I got the idea to try and make a few zines. I have made some books before but zines seemed like a fun yet nice way to put some smaller projects on display.

So I decided to go through my archive and soon enough I got some ideas for different zines.

There was this citytrip to Lisbon in 2015, where I got mesmerised by all the pretty textures of the city, and that time I went to the Moroccan blue city of Chefchaouen and got to see all the friendly cats living there. Not to mention the four times I went to Iceland and had lovely encounters with its rugged but sweet horses.

As mentioned in my previous blogpost, at the time I was also working on a self portrait project during the days of corona lockdown. I came up with the name ‘Quaranzine’ (a zine during quarantine ;p) and was pretty pleased with myself for finding this name, so even if just for the name, this project would also be made into a zine.

So, four projects, four zines. Days of selecting photos, trying to find long lost photos on old hard-drives (damn my old unorganised self!), deciding to re-edit photos, and lay-outing later, the zines were ready for a trial order. And when they arrived on my doorstep a bit over a week later, I was actually pretty pleased with the result. The zines looked very polished, so I decided to put them up for sale.

If you’re interested in supporting this mad photographer, you can find the zines and my previously published books on Blurb. Eternal sunshine and happiness will come your way if you do! ;)

I am definitely thinking about doing some more in the future, maybe I will do some every 3 or 4 months… It would also be a good way to push me a bit out of my comfort zone and try different types of photography. I remember for example having a lot of fun doing street photography way back in college…

See my zines see my zines oh please would you see my zines

What about you, have you ever made some zines? What was your experience? Or do you have some zine ideas for me for the future? Let me know in the comments! :)

I made a book! Or two…

When I started making self portraits way back in 2008, I never would have thought I would be doing this for such a long time. But here we are, at the end of 2019 and I have decided to gather some of my favorite self portraits from the past decade into two books.

One More Creature‘ is an 80-page hardcover book, featuring self portraits divided into three categories: “Everything looks worse in black and white”, “The inescapable nude” and “It’s all in the details”. It’s an overall overview of the work I produced in the past ten years, starring some of my absolute favorite photos.

In Monochrome‘ is a softcover book containing 42 pages and features exclusively black and white self portraits. The cool thing about this book is that it also features some of my analog portraits as well as a couple previously unpublished photos.

I have put all my effort into creating these two beautiful books. They are basically… My life. If you like my photography and want to support this starving artist, consider buying one of these books. It would mean the world to me!

One More Creature
One More Creature
By Els Vanopstal
Photo book
In Monochrome
In Monochrome
By Els Vanopstal
Photo book

Guess who’s back, back again

I’m very happy to announce my new website! The design is completely revamped and lots of new images have been added. Go check it out at www.elsvanopstal.com and please let me know what you think. :)

Another little secret of mine is that I’m trying to get more into shooting video as well. To start this off, I’m going to be making a video to put on the about page on my website. It would be nice if you were to send me some questions about me or my photography, that I could give an answer to in this video. Don’t be shy! :)