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…
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! :)