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We’re putting the finishing touches on our zine, SHELF LIFE, Issue 1, and I am too excited to keep myself from sharing another image from it. Remember to come by our table, STUDIUM/punctum, at Brooklyn Zine Fest on Saturday April 26. If you’re outside of NY, you can also order zines from our Etsy shop. We’ll be adding SHELF LIFE to Etsy very soon!
*addendum: My has my hair grown since I first drew this picture! And Tim’s got hipper glasses! We’d sure love for you to see our cute faces in real life at BZF!!

We’re putting the finishing touches on our zine, SHELF LIFE, Issue 1, and I am too excited to keep myself from sharing another image from it. Remember to come by our table, STUDIUM/punctum, at Brooklyn Zine Fest on Saturday April 26. If you’re outside of NY, you can also order zines from our Etsy shop. We’ll be adding SHELF LIFE to Etsy very soon!

*addendum: My has my hair grown since I first drew this picture! And Tim’s got hipper glasses! We’d sure love for you to see our cute faces in real life at BZF!!

Yesterday, Tim wrote all day while I finished up inking illustrations and scanning them for our forthcoming zine, SHELF LIFE, issue 1, which will be available for purchase at Brooklyn Zine Fest in two weeks on Saturday April 26!! SHELF LIFE will also be available very soon in our Etsy shop, so check back often!!

Yesterday, Tim wrote all day while I finished up inking illustrations and scanning them for our forthcoming zine, SHELF LIFE, issue 1, which will be available for purchase at Brooklyn Zine Fest in two weeks on Saturday April 26!! SHELF LIFE will also be available very soon in our Etsy shop, so check back often!!

Peter Riesett, Gatherings

GATHERINGS is a body of work that, through photography, investigates domestic environments, idiosyncratic personalities, and life’s perplexing and ironic relationships. Gatherings relates to the process and to the approach taken throughout my work. It is a meeting place of people, objects, and situations. Compositions reveal themselves during visits to friend’s and family’s personalized environments.

The suburban environments created by my family and friends are full of “stuff,” familiar and generic items made for mass consumption that have been given a personalized niche, or left forgotten on a nondescript shelf. My straightforward, sharp, frontal approach to this subject with a large format camera imposes a stylistic convention of “order” on the already ordered or disordered objects, heightening their status as both symbols of particular lifestyles and emblems of consumer detritus, or junk. The tension between their value as precious (as an icon of sentiment) and worthless (as cheap junk) creates an absurdity that is humorous and poignant. Other images describe left-overs, the remains of celebrations and holidays, unfinished birthday cakes, Christmas trees wrapped up and ready for the garbage, a Halloween costume lying on the banister. The disparity between the intended use and its gaiety and the lonely, collapsed after-effect creates a sense of alienation that is also comic. Titles often come from within the images themselves, lifted from texts therein, taken from advertising slogans that appear on objects or found in scrawled messages. Phrases such as “The Personalizer”, “Certified Cabinet”, and “Man’s Two Best Friends”, crafted by some copywriter, find themselves commenting ironically on the situations they have fallen into. Stories lie behind each image, and images also transcend personal attachments and anthropologically evidence facets of American culture.

The action of photography becomes a way to integrate myself into any given situation. Photography allows me to have wordless conversations with the objects of use and disuse. Investigating spaces, questioning reality, and documenting the colorful mundane becomes an obsession. With these inanimate objects I hope to animate the minds of the viewers.”

(Source: tedbunny)


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Just a friendly reminder that Tim and I will be tabling at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 on Saturday April 26th at Brooklyn Historical Society. We are STUDIUM/punctum, and we’ll be selling a few zines that we wrote this year. Please come say hi, check out our goods, and think about supporting our creative efforts! We’d love to see you there!

Just a friendly reminder that Tim and I will be tabling at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 on Saturday April 26th at Brooklyn Historical Society. We are STUDIUM/punctum, and we’ll be selling a few zines that we wrote this year. Please come say hi, check out our goods, and think about supporting our creative efforts! We’d love to see you there!

Christine Collins, selections from New Path

The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, April 2014

The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, April 2014

somenotesonfilm:

SOME NOTES ON FILM ZINE NOW AVAILABLE!!!

I’m happy to announce that after working on it for months and months, the Some Notes on Film zine is now available to purchase.

I’m super proud of the way this turned out, and I’m hoping that you’ll want to take a look for yourself. The zine collects a number of my favorite original essays I’ve written for this blog/tumblr during its first six months - all of them revised and expanded - and adds original illustrations, film stills, and an all new, zine-exclusive essay.

Topics for this issue include:

  • Steve Martin’s goofy tenderness in The Jerk
  • Josh Safdie’s microbudget indie The Pleasure of Being Robbed (as seen on the cover)
  • Brian Eno’s idea of art as a “trigger for experience” (and why I don’t like it)
  • Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints compared to Terrence Malick’s Badlands
  • Billy Wilder’s The Apartment and physicality in screenwriting
  • the difficulty of portraying digital life in movies
  • plus a lengthy intro essay on the differences between zines and blogs

Half-sized
56 pages
Black and white
Card-stock cover
Saddle-stitched (stapled)

I’ve always felt that long form writing was best experienced not on a screen. I’m hoping you’ll agree.

You can buy the zine for $4.25 on Etsy.

(not selling internationally at the moment, but should be very soon - let me know if you’re a non-US resident and interested in buying)

PLEASE RE-BLOG FAR AND WIDE, Y’ALL!!

Oh yeah, I’ve been so wrapped up in photo stuff lately that I forgot to mention that Tim and I started writing zines this year. Our Etsy shop, STUDIUM/punctum, is officially open today!! You can purchase Tim’s zine, Some Notes on Film, Vol. I,  which, in addition to some amazing essays by Tim, just so happens to feature a few illustrations by yours truly.

Very soon you’ll also be able to buy the first issue of our collaborative zine, Shelf Life, in which we review and recount our nationwide adventures in used bookstore shopping (each issue focuses on a different city/region). Our first issue is on the “East Village Triangle”— The Strand, Alabaster Bookshop, and East Village Books. Look for it in a few weeks!

Also, we’re tabling at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 on Saturday April 26, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 11am - 6pm. Come stop by and meet us in person!! Some Notes on Film, Vol. I, Shelf Life Issue #1, and Embrace Failare (a zine Tim wrote about John Kilduff and Let’s Paint TV) will be available for purchase, and at an even better price than on Etsy!

We are super excited to be diving into the world of zine fests and Etsy, so come show us your love!!

First things first, I’m ultra flattered and proud to say that the New York Botanical Garden official Tumblr “liked” my post from last week about my friend Haleigh; the one with photos of her dancing there. Wow! Thank you, NYBG! I like you, too!

Such flattery has motivated me to post more photos from my visits there (I went twice last week, and am heading there again today). Here’s a few from the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; I’ll be posting more, including images from this years’ Orchid Show… stay tuned!