Disclaimer: None of these photos are mine. Link below.
Zine. Like, magazine, get it? Photo zines are little self published magazines from photographers who just want to share their work in a more tactile way. These zines can be hand made, printed on basic ink jet printers, or given to a professional printer to create. Usually one makes these for a certain project as a sort of celebration of that project. Some of these zines are sold to make a little bit of profit, while others are simply given away. The point, though, is to have a physical object to give to people who want to see your work instead of pixels on a screen.
Recently I picked up Eduardo Pavez Goye’s zine “several hours ahead.” If you want to as well, you can do that on Eduardo’s Etsy shop, or if you just want to see more of his work you can see his Instagram here, or his YouTube channel here. I picked this up for a few reasons. One, he was having a sale! Two, I have followed Eduardo for a long time. I love to support the film photography community and Eduardo is a great asset to it. His videos are fun, engaging, and his photography has an inspiring quality to it. Third, however, was that “several hours ahead” was taken by him on a trip to Tokyo. I love Tokyo. Anywhere you point your camera in Tokyo, you are sure to get a great image, the city is just so vibrant and special.
This zine was simply beautiful. Shot over two weeks on multiple different cameras and 23 rolls of film, this little book really captures what it feels like to be in Tokyo. From the quirky to the beautiful, each image serves to tell a story of what Tokyo and, more importantly, its people, look like. Each page is laid out with vivid reproductions of the original image and in a way that makes amazing use of the negative space on each page.
Something that struck me as a bit bold in this zine is Eduardo’s mix of both black and white and color images. Personally I do not usually enjoy photo books that mix the two. Yet Eduardo chose to mix both, sometimes even on the very same page. Yet, despite my usual aversion to the mix, “several hours ahead” does it in a very transitional way which removes that jarring feeling of going from black and white to color. On one particular page he very slyly uses two shots, one in black and white and another in color, from the Hasselblad X-Pan, which produces a very unique image format, to smooth over this transition. If instead he had used say, a 6x6 BW photo, and tried to pair it with a 35mm color shot, the effect might not have gone over so well.
Eduardo Pavez Goye really did create an exceptional zine with “several hours ahead.” I was stunned at the quality of the print, layout, and images contained within. I am glad I purchased it.
For a while now I have considered making a zine of my own. At the moment, I do not think that I have a cohesive body of work to compile into a zine however, and until I graduate this semester, I have absolutely zero time to shoot like I want to (I work 45 hours a week and I am taking 6 classes). But that does not mean that I do not want to create a zine sometime in the near future. Maybe after this semester I will think up a project with the intention of creating a zine.
I highly encourage you to take a look at Eduardo’s work with the links I provided above. If you are at all interested in photography, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Thanks for reading. See ya.
(I purposely used low quality images—with my fat fingers in them— instead of scans because these are not my photos and I don’t want anyone to think I am trying to pass them off as such. I highly encourage you to check them out the way they were intended to be seen by purchasing Eduardo’s zine.)