So I held out for a long time before finally picking up a Fujifilm Instax camera. I loved my old Polaroid, but I thought I’d moved on to bigger and better (and sharper) images. Plus the actual camera design looks like shit. That said, when Caitie’s friends decided to fly in and surprise her for a “ladies weekend”, I thought it would be the perfect time to snag one. All I can really say is it was pretty damn fun having it around.
Here’s a little bit of context on all the shit went into MD vol.1:
So that’s it. Leave me a comment or send me an email if these blurbs were interesting mark@marksdemise. Regardless, I’m going to do the same with MD Vol. 2.
Over and out.
Mark’s Demise Vol. 2 is hot off the presses. 24 small pages of pure toner. Inside you’ll find photos, a live action comic “The curious case of the meeps”, an excerpt from the Police Blotter of a tiny town, the best of craigslist: Cleveland musicians section, and (not much) more. Email me for a copy!
Today I shot and developed the first roll of film on my newest garage sale find, the Zenza Bronica S2A. It’s a medium format 6X6 camera which uses 120 film. I ordered a smattering of different 120 rolls earlier in the week, which conveniently arrived just as I was wrapping up work for the evening. I just had to go shoot one, so I didn’t over-think it, loaded a roll of HP5, threw the camera in my bag and strolled around the neighborhood for a half hour…
I couldn’t be happier with the results! The camera is super fun to shoot (love that shutter slap) and 75mm lens is sharp from corner to corner. My focusing needs some work (*cough* the portraits yikes), but all in all I’m really energized to get out and shoot more with it!
So I’ve learned a lot in the past month or so since making my first ‘zine and mailing a bunch of copies all over the damn place. First and foremost, I learned how much postage is required to send a letter within the US, to Canada, Mexico, the UK, and the Philippines. Great first step.
More importantly, I’ve learned that the people behind the ‘zine culture are awesome – they create interesting content, but more importantly – they want to share it (often times not for a profit). Enter TRADES. To me, this is what it’s all about.
When I printed off 60 copies of mark’s demise volume 1, I looked at this stack of photocopied/stapled booklets and thought to myself “now what”? After some sporadic googling I was fortunate enough to find a few websites that facilitated zine-communication (most notably http://wemakezines.ning.com/). Honestly, my first response was “oh wow, there aren’t many members on this site that are still active…”. But I posted anyways, and sent a few messages…to my surprise, there were actually quite a few people interested in trading.
So I spent an afternoon stuffing envelopes and writing addresses…it all felt kind of zen, and I loved the physicality of the whole process – so much more tangible than a blog. I put handwritten notes in a bunch of them, and photocopied “thanks for the trade” notes in the rest (lesson learned: It’s better to ALWAYS include a handwritten note…every time I got one it totally made my day).
I think that’s the appeal of zines (for me) in 2016…in an age where everything is online and pixelated, where people are snapping/insta-chatting dozens of times a day with shortening attention spans…for someone to take the time to actually curate a body of work to print instead of just puking it onto the interwebs shows that we are still capable of taking a thoughtful approach towards sharing what is important to us, instead of just letting the internet decide.
(yes, I get the irony that this is a blog post.)
Ok long story long, the point of this post is to share some cool shit I got in the mail from cool people. Clearly these aren’t “reviews” (if you’re interested in that: http://syndicatedzinereviews.blogspot.ca/), but I wanted to take a few pics of things that stood out to me.
Most importantly, I really enjoyed getting the handwritten notes from the zinesters I was trading with…writing letters is a a lost art! Hopefully we can continue trade, and I can get to know all of them a bit better through their work and words.
Now off to make issue #2!
Without further ado…
As featured in the first print issue of mark’s demise here’s…Dave’s Tour Story.
If you would like a copy of this issue (I have about 10 left as of today), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES of our local OfficeMax. The first print issue of mark’s demise. Limited run of 60. Once I’ve mailed/sold/given them all out, I’ll post the content on the website.
Leave your email in the comment box below if you’d like a copy, and I’ll ship you one lickety-split.