Mini Zines & Merry Christmas


Greetings!

Hello Gang. Seasons greetings to all of you!

Today’s post will be short and sweet. I simply wanted to say thank you for all your support over the last year. I’ve had fun shooting film through 2021, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about my adventures. I promise you (for better or for worse) that there’s plenty more to come in 2022.

This time of year always seems like a turning of the page, and the start of a new chapter. With that in mind I’m going to be trying something new for 2022. Namely, I’m going to be branching out in to the world of printed media.

Sounds Exciting. Tell me more

That probably sounds a lot grander than the reality, which is that I have been busy creating some photo prints and self published mini zines which celebrate the wonderful world of analogue photography. So far I’ve put together seven mini zines which are available now on Etsy, and they cover a variety of things including my obsession with cameras from the former Soviet Union, and a collection of ‘found photos’ from the turn of the 19/20th century.

Wait… What the hell is a zine dude?

A zine (pronounced ZEEN) is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via a copy machine or home printer. Zines are the product of either a single person or of a very small group, and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation.

OK. You were saying…

So far the available zines are all little 8 page folding jobbies which are printed, folded, and glued from a single sheet of A4 paper. Each contains 6 or 7 photos based around a particular subject or camera. I’ll be making new zines regularly so keep checking back as time goes on.

I’m also currently working on a larger zine of around 20-24 pages which will include multiple written articles and photos. Think of that one as a collection of printed blog posts that you won’t be seeing here. I’ll be making a post about that particular zine once I’ve ironed out all the kinks.

Cool! Where’s all this goodness available?

If you’d like to know more about all this, please head over and have a look at my Etsy shop. I’ve been working hard to make it look pretty and I guess this is what you might call the official launch. From today the ‘Shop’ tab at the top of this page will take you directly to my Etsy shop.

Right, is that it then?

Yep… that’s my news! I’m signing off now until the new year so I’ll say thank you once again. Have a wonderful holiday season whatever you’re up to. Look after yourselves, and I’ll see you for more film photography adventures in 2022.

Cheers!

John

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8 thoughts on “Mini Zines & Merry Christmas”

  1. Hello, I found your site through a link on one of your Flickr photos. I live that you’re making zines, from what I see they look to be wonderful works of your art and I find them so captivating and fascinating. So wonderful you’re getting your work into print! Love it!

    1. Hi Amanda. I just finished contacting you via your website when I saw this comment. Thank you for your kind words. Does making zines appeal to you? Your photography would suit a zine very well I think. Please get in touch if you’d like to try. I could send you my template. These little folding zines are lovely to make 😁

      1. John, thank you for your generosity and your kind, encouraging words! Making zines does interest me. I am not too sure about printing my own at home as I’m not sure my printer would do a very good job but it certainly does interest me. If it’s not too much trouble to send your template I could maybe give it a try. That is very thoughtful of you to offer. I’m actually in the process of making a zine through Magcloud at the moment and have ideas for some others as well. I really appreciate seeing your work and reading your blog. Your work is inspiring and I hope to check out more of your blog posts soon.

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