In September this year, myself and two friends headed to Brussels for a 48 hour city break. It was the first time we'd had a chance to get away for a couple of days which was all about the photography.
Before we set off, and whilst we were there, I don't think of us had the idea to share the images as a collective. We'd all posted our images separately on social media and websites, but that was it.
It wasn't until reading a blog by Barnaby Nutt, that I thought about seeing if Andy and Chris were interested in doing a zine together. Once I'd explained what a zine actually was, and got Chris to say it correctly (it's zeen, and not zign) we decided to take the plunge.
Our approach was simple. We would each put forward about 16 shots, with the intention of getting this down to 12 each. The intention wasn't for the pictures to be grouped by photographer, but to group them in pairings where there was a theme, or a connection between the images. The connection may be obvious, sometimes not.
To aid the process, we printed out all of the images on 6x4 paper and laid them all out on the table. The pairings soon began to take shape. It was interesting to see some of the 'stronger' individual images not being picked, losing out to images which worked better as part of the overall narrative.
Following Barnaby's recommendation, we decided to use www.mixam.co.uk for the printing of the zine. We decided on 12 images each, totaling 36 pages, plus a cover (additional 4 pages). The paper choice was 130gsm Silk.The interface isn't like a desktop publishing app, so you have to get the pages ready, and sequenced, before uploading them. This was a bit more work than I'd expected, but once you've worked it out, it's easy enough.
So was it worth doing? Absolutely. Even if no one else purchased them, having something physical to hold and look at to remind us of the weekend is great. So many images are shared, and then forgotten, online and creating the zine feels like it.