These next few posts deviate from the format of the whole blog, but whatevs.
Probably the most exciting thing in the past couple of years for me has been seeing my photos in magazines. I personally find it much more fun then exhibiting. Possibly because I don't have to spend any money or deal with the stress of printing and my work still gets to be seen.
I've only been published four times, three of those times by the same publication (ELLEgirl Korea), but I thought I'd put up photos of the spreads and the accompanying interviews and write a little bit about my experience with each brief.
This was the first time I'd worked with ELLEgirl Korea. I got an email from their features editor, Na Rang Kim, through my facebook of all places when I was in Paris a couple of days after I found out I didn't make it into the finals of the 2009 Google Photography Prize. She'd seen my work in the competition and wanted to know if I was willing to contribute to the August Summer issue. The premise of the brief was something like 'The Summer Photographers Love (World Student's Photographs of Summer).'
I had to send in:
- 2-3 photos of myself
- 8-9 photos about summer
- Explanation each photograph
- Response to the interview questions
I was mostly happy with the way my part ran. I know not everyone can have a whole page or whole half page to themselves. I only had 3 of my photos run, but they're 3 I loved and still love.
Actually I also remember there being a massive mix up with the deadline and Na Rang gave me the wrong date and then flipped out at me when I didn't send my stuff to her on time. Wasn't much I could do seeing as I was in Paris, but it all worked out in the end.
And because the interview above is in Korean, click below for the interview in English (it's seriously long, I wonder what parts they cut for the article. I will never know).
One day out of boredom more then anything I decided to send Frankie a link to my flickr accompanied by something alone of the lines of 'my photos are awesome, you will love them, just let me know when you want to use them.' Honestly what was I even thinking. A couple of months later, to my absolute shock and amazement, I got an email from Louise Bannister, co-finder of Frankie mag, asking if they could use the photo above (on the left) for a photo book the magazine were putting together. Pretty sure I responded with a 'fuck yes you most certainly can.'
My back and forths with Louise were simple and stress-free. She sent me an interview to fill out, a statement by supplier form to fill out (get money, get PAID. It was $80, if you're interested), and just basic info about image resolution etc etc. So easy, sent all my stuff off, had to wait until the book was printed to get paid, got sent my free copy, done and done.
While I'm obviously stoked with the end result, they did stretch my photo. I understand why it had to happen and I know it might not be obvious, but I can tell. It's also printed a little muddy-looking but that's just the paper stock they've used. (*NOTE: I have since tried printing this photo myself and it is REALLY HARD. Kudos to Frankie, they clearly did an amazing job). Loved the grab they used from my interview too. Devastated India's dog poo drama didn't make it to print but we can't have everything we want.
A couple of months after the last issue of ELLEgirl Korea ran, Na Rang Kim contacted me again to see if I wanted to contribute to another story she was putting together. This brief was about your favourite place and it could be anywhere, indoors or out.
I chose to photograph swimming pool steps. It was the end of spring, it was getting really hot, and I'd been swimming for a couple of weeks and shooting pools so it seemed like the obvious choice for me.
There were soooo many changes to this brief as it progressed, really irritating. I got an email from Na Rang saying now they wanted us to submit photos of not only the space, but us within the space. And then another email saying that they preferred landscape photos. I finally got it done and submitted probably around 6 photos for them to chose from, as well as the interview. This is probably my favourite interview of the 7 I've ever done.
There was something about the placement of my image on the page I really didn't like in this spread. It just annoys me on a whole other level. I know that my choice of place is really different to everyone else's in the story, but I knew everyone would be choosing their desk, their bed, their couch etc etc and I always like to go against the grain if I can/if I'm bothered/if I have the balls.
Click below for the interview.
This issue just arrived yesterday, literally still fresh.
Na Rang emailed me 4 weeks ago, letting me know that she was preparing an article with the premise "Colours of Cities." Basically the story is about how when you travel you can remember the city as representing one colour, for example Croatia’s red roof, London’s gray weather, Japanese students in black school uniforms, etc etc, you get the idea.
All I had to do was identify the colour of a city I'd been to and send Na Rang:
- 2-3 photos of the city that represent the colour
- The completed interview
I chose Paris and identified its colour as green. Explanation as to why in the interview after the jump.
I don't think I've said it yet but I really hate filling out interviews. Really really really hate it. I hate it even when the questions of good, but I hate it more when the questions are terrible. The questions for this story were more then terrible, and I think the translation from Korean to English really murdered them. I can't even begin to say how awful my responses are, I couldn't even work up the courage to post it on my personal blog. I remember filling it out on the night of the deadline, I'd just had an exhausting day of shooting, and I didn't care anymore because most of what I was saying was going to get lost in translation anyway. That's my reasoning and I'm sticking to it.
I also don't think I've mentioned at this point that I get Mariam to edit all my interviews before I send them out. Seriously, she's such a trooper (although I really know she loves it). She makes corrections and suggestions and assures me things aren't as bad as I'm imagining. She also casts an eye over the photos I send in. Life saver.This marks the first time ever I've been 100% happy with how my photos has been selected, printed, and placed in any of the times I've been published. ELLEgirl even selected my photo to represent the story in the contents page. Bananas. Loves it.
Don't love this interview.