I was so busy with everything that I forgot to wright a blog post. And to tell you all a super exciting update!
My Souls of Iran work is now available as a two part Zine!
I am so happy with this. I can't describe it into words. But I will try it anyway haha.
And yes, I know I know, I should write more... I'm working on that!
I wanted to to make a book at first. But I got really inspired by a special about zines. Or zeenes...
The origin of Zines is rooted in Sc-Fi, Punk, and Photography sub-cultures. It was, and is used to self publish their work or their own ideas and spread them around there scene or the world.
And with me being a photographer and still have a lot of rebel in me left from when I was a little Cris, it seemed like a better idea.
The book was actually already done. The spell check was back, had some people look it over and review it whom I hold in high regard. And I was good to go!
Until I was watching a episode of Ted Forbes's YouTube channel "The art of Photography"... Btw, if you are really into photography it is a awesome channel to follow. It brings the art back into photography.
Anyway! I was so inspired! So I decided to sort of re-work it into a Zine format.
Making a version of a4 size paper stapled together was maybe a bit to rebellious for the way I wanted to present my photographic work from Iran I decided to go with the most used self publishing service out there named blurb. Blurb is a very cool platform for everyone who is trying to get his or her work out there and offers incredible quality and services.
I also made the creative decision to split my work up into two parts. Isfahan & Shiraz, and Yazd & Tehran. It seemed more fitting. And that way I think the focus is more on the photographs instead of the volume of pages.
And in this day and age I think that was the best fitting way to present it. Everything is already in bulk. If for example you look at Instagram. I don't now how long people look at a photograph. But it is way to short... I guess that is the reason why I like physical prints so much. You have something real...
Another factor was price.
My fine art prints are expensive as they are. They are of course worth every euro. But it is still a fair amount of money. And I wanted to make something that is more accessible for everyone. A book would cost around 70,- euros. And the Zines are 20,- and 15,- euros. So that is a big difference.
Small side-note. Every cent and euro make it possible for me to continue my photographic journey and tell the story world. And makes new future projects possible. So it is a big support!
The end result you can see below. And yes, it makes me very proud!
Like I said before. It feels good to see your work in physical form. And hopefully all of you like it just as much as I do!
If you are interested you can order it through here or just click on the shop and than Zines menu item.