Unbridled Enthusiasm #3

Just finsihed printing, folding, and stapling some copies of my newest, Unbridled Enthusiasm #3.  My first two UB zines were no word photozines, and while I kind of like doing that I also want to write.  After trading with Ken Bausert and reading his “Chronicles” I was inspired to make a perzine with some personal stories, news, along with some photos.

I’m really happy that I was able to include a couple of fun pieces with my wife and interview “The Darkroomist” for a piece of film photography.  I’m really happy with this and also with the excellent output of my new laserjet 4300!

The zine is available for trade, or I can sell you one for 3 dollars.

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Tramp by Julius Smit

My goal is to purchase and review a new photobook or photozine every month.  The first that caught my attention was Julius Smit’s “Tramp.”  There were several things that drew me to Tramp.

  •  The cover had some eerie somewhat out of focus image with a nice composition.
  • The title Tramp really connected with me, I often feel like I tramp when I’m out on a solo photo walk.
  • The book and artist are both from England so there was some international flair there,
  • At. 2.69 cents the price was just right

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Honestly I’m surprised this book could be sold for 2.69 cents, it’s good quality paper, constructed well and I can’t image it costing much less then that to print.

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So Tramp’s theme is the paths that people walk, the landscape and sights that become so familiar that people don’t notice them.  It contains 25 images, two poems, and some introduction text.  I will not comment on the poetry as I am less than an expert, I’ll just say that the poetry didn’t really connect with me.

I will comment on the photographs.  Reviewing and judging an experimental art book is kind of a precarious thing.  Experimental is all about breaking out of the norms, and what not, still when I see a photograph that bothers me it doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t seem right.

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There are a few photos I find very compelling in this book, My favorite is a group of people walking to a seafront in a very dynamic composition.  I loved a two page spread with a poem and photograph of two fence spikes that complement each other.  There is a great image of the word “playing” that fits very well.  I also am very fond of an image of a stone wall that is very much impact.

 

On the other hand some of the photos in this book are just flat, they lack contrast, a hook, an interest.  I think part of the problem is the black and white conversion process.  I’ve looked at Julius’s photos online in color and found them better, but they often didn’t translate well to black and white.   I found some questionable composition choices in a few of the photos. as well but those are debatable.

 

I received this book on a day that my wife was undergoing an outpatient back procedure at the hospital.  I tried to absorb the work while sitting in a small waiting room with a TV wailing “Dog the Bounty Hunter” at volume that was beyond loud.  In short order I gave up and retreated to the main lobby where there was a level of civilization.  Perhaps “Dog” tainted this book for me.  Perhaps not.

 

Unbridled Enthusiasm Vol 1 No 2

Fake Lomography

Back when I shot film I almost bought one of those toy cameras several times but always talked myself out of it.  If I had one it would be collecting dust somewhere.  Lomography is something I find kind of interesting, I like the randomness of the images, the spontaneity and all that.  I’ve been interested in exploring analog effects in Photoshop and looked through my archives for pictures that I believed could be made more interesting if they were “lomographied.”

The second edition of Unbridled Enthusiasm is a collection of some of these photos.  As usual it will be limited to 50 copies and signed.  It’s currently available for trade, so comment if you’d like to arrange a trade.

 

Unbridled Enthusiasm Vol 1 No 1

This is an 8 page photozine that I make a couple times a month.  This first issue features a trip my wife and I took to Branson MO in 2008.  We were both a bit let down by the area, though I’m not sure what we were expecting, it is the Las Vegas of the Midwest.  Anyway, the zine is available for trade so just comment if you’re interested.