My first zine

During COVID it was not possible to travel as much as I had been doing. I therefore confined myself to walks in the immediate vicinity of my house and started a series of photographs, which with my usual lack of inspiration I decided to call “Around the Neighborhood”. I defined this as meaning anywhere that I could walk back and forth to from my house.

I intended to make a photo book out of these these photographs, but it quickly became apparent that I risked having too many pictures for a single photo book. Also there was a danger that the task of selecting appropriate pictures, processing, editing, sequencing etc. would become so overwhelming that I would become paralyzed and not produce anything at all.

For a while I had wanted to try producing a Zine and this seemed like a good time to finally get around to it. I therefore decided that instead of a single photo book I would try instead to create a series of Zines. This is the first in this series.

The subject is a single tree in a nearby woodland. I’d already taken a number of pictures of it but on this occasion I decided on the spur of the moment to attempt an exercise that I’d recently read about. This exercise consisted of taking thirty six photographs of a single subject all at once (See: A Photographic Exercise).

Quite easy at first, but after about twenty photographs increasingly more difficult. In fact at that point I almost gave up, but I stuck with it and in the end found it to be quite useful. I’m the kind of person who will walk up to a subject, take a few pictures and then move on. This exercise made me slow down and look more carefully. Indeed, towards the end I was noticing things, which I had already walked past a couple of times.

Bluebells

Blue is my favorite color and I’ve always loved bluebells. I lived in a largely rural area of the UK when I was a child and loved to walk in the woods and the fields. You would often find huge carpets of bluebells in the woods at this time of year. In my woodland walks here in NY I haven’t come across such large numbers of them, but I have seen isolated groupings (probably blown from a garden somewhere) like this one.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Sony FE 28-75 f3.5-5.6 OSS.