Our work is a response to our direct surroundings. We both use photography to create zines of the people and places we occupy. Tony's zines operate within the mystic interactions between himself and the long term residents of the hotel he lives and works at. Mike's zines observe human interactions with nature and the consequences of man made structures/events in his direction surroundings.
The completed zines are about human interaction/handling of social crisis. This spans from more introspective issues like depression to larger scale issues such as natural disaster. we are trying to examine and contrast the depths of both the individuals reaction and the mass movement when conflicted.
This is the unifying tie together that brings the diverse nature of our zines together.
I started making zines in my 2nd year of going to csulb. I used the practice of creating mini books to help build stories that i would want to make as films. At this point I started to realize the interactions of photography words and drawings and how if you bring them together there is a new flow of ideas that therapeutically helped release ideas from my brain into a new form. the zine.
most all of our zines start with photography. we take images and bring them into a digital workspace to later print ourselves or have printed.
I think independent publishing is important as it allows for any voice to be expressed, critiqued and shared with others. I feel like it emphasizes the individuals efforts to create and manage to publish without the luxurious and promotions that inc. have.
I feel that the independent publishing market is growing fast and is saturated enough to provide content for many different types of people to enjoy. In the future I see zines being created by more and more people at a earlier age empowering those who partake with the skill and boldness to create more and more impactful work.
my first zine was called maybe nothing. It was about the idea that maybe all the photos i put into the zine itself was nothing at all. It was a reflection of photographic messages that could be taken as nothing alone but together with other photos could have a vague meaning.
i like the experimentation. there is a rhythm that you find , that i think is universal for any action humans partake in. But this rhythm of having a idea and kind of just letting it flow together through experimenting is my favorite part.
the biggest challenge is the idea. and then next is the putting together process. for the most part it is fun trying out different printing process but when it comes down to actually printing and stapling my computer always rearranges what i initially intend to make.
these zines are going to be pretty big one day.