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Making a Zine - Ruth Storey

Making a Zine - Ruth Storey

We have followed Ruth Storey's work on Instagram for some time now and have always found her polaroids beautiful and captivating. So when we saw that she had produced a zine 'Under the boughs', we reached out to find out about her experience of creating her first zine. 

 The collage that started it all

The collage that started it all

"I have an obsession, a love affair with two trees a short walk from my house. Since I started shooting analogue photography I have photographed them in every format I have used. Instant (both integral and peel apart), 35mm, 120mm and 127mm and, in the process, have developed a growing collection of images.

A while ago I put a few of them into a collage and shared it on social media. The collage got a great reception and many people commented on how nice it was to see them altogether. And this got me thinking, a spark somewhere in my brain, maybe there was a way to do something more tangible with this collection of images."

"Around the same time a lot of photographers I follow were releasing ‘zines and I purchased them eagerly to get ideas and inspiration. It wasn’t long before the first fleeting idea started to take shape and quickly developed into something I really wanted to achieve, a little ‘zine of my trees.

The biggest challenge for me was the practical, technological side of the process. I am a complete Luddite and anything computer related just confuses me. I’d never even used photoshop before, so it was going to be a steep learning curve! However, with some sound advice from some photography friends, I was able to format each page just as I wanted it and saved it as a file, naming them in page order to make it easy to upload to the printers website. I had a 7 day free photoshop trial, so I had some incentive to get cracking!"

"The process was much easier than I thought once I’d figured out the computer side of it all and within a few weeks I had decided on my images, arranged my page layouts and placed my order with the printers!

I was ridiculously nervous about it arriving, I was so anxious it wouldn’t be any good, that the images would look bad and that it wouldn’t work well, but I was delighted with the results. Within a couple of days I’d sold all 50 copies via social media and they were sent out to 12 countries!

If anyone is considering making a ‘zine I’d urge them to do it, jump in with both feet and make something tangible. It’s immense fun and incredibly rewarding and humbling to have such wonderful feedback from your film photography peers."

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Thank you Ruth for sharing your words and images, we hope this post inspired you to go out and create your own zine!

Follow Ruth on Instagram @roo_roo_s

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