Complete Zine Collection

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This month the complete zine collection is on display at the PNCA Library in Portland, Oregon. I am sure you will not be around to see it so I thought I would allow you to witness the overview.

The angle does not do justice to how many zines there actually are within the collection. Fourteen zines span two cases that command all to enjoy.

There is a project in the works to bring the book back into the mix and produce a compendium of the complete collection. More information will be out for that later however.

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DIY Studio

Warning: You are about to read all the spoilers on how to get a great portrait with your pet.

Waffles, 2010 8.5"x 11" Archival inkjet print

When I began taking self-portraits with my cat Waffles in July 2010, I knew no ordinary lighting studio would be able to handle such a task. I set out to put together and build my own lighting studio complete with lights and seamless paper. I was lucky already to have a gray seamless roll to get me started. While I had no floor space dedicated to taking portraits, I used the open ceiling of my basement to support the paper backdrop. By using 6 nails, 8 zip ties, and a broom handle, I was able to support the paper about 7 feet above the floor.

Notice the scrap 2x4 used to hold the handle.

Now that I had a paper background, the lighting used to handle the task was a set of Smith-Victor Flood Lamps with white umbrellas. Not an ideal choice, but the light is contained in a small area.  For camera support, I have used a Manfrotto/Calumet tripod hybrid. The legs and head can be raised high enough for me to easily walk away from the camera to stand just a few feet away with Waffles.

Nearby furniture can be useful as well.

A lighting studio can easily cost thousands of dollars and months to establish a good working space. I believe at the end of this project (which was less than 24 hours), the project resulted in no money being spent. This is of course since I have no patience waiting for orders and just walked into my garage and grabbed what was closest to me.

Finally, you can see the results of a DIY lighting studio clearly in the quality* and production value of my portrait with Waffles.


Waffles and Edward, 2011 8.5"x 11" Archival inkjet print

*You are also going to need Photoshop for last part of this project. Sadly I cannot provide an accurate description on how to create your own Photoshop with zip ties and a broom handle.