We recently interviewed University of the West of England graduate, Ted Homer, about his work. Ted kindly sent us a copy of his brand new zine, Gloucestershire, and so we've decided to create a short review. If you'd like to create your own review about a favourite photobook or zine, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographer and Title: Gloucestershire, Ted Homer
Presented in the form of a flexible paperback, and A4 in size, this zine has a good amount of information and images inside it. The text and images flow well, and the introductory paragraph is a must. The zine takes us on a journey, seemingly allowing us to follow Ted around and find out more about Gloucestershire where he currently resides.
The layout of the zine is what works so well. Single images to a page are printed as big as they can be for the overall size of the zine, presenting us with detail and clarity. Other pages show us two images together, giving the opportunity to contemplate and perceive different spots next to one another. On the odd occasion larger images are presented next to each other without text, and I think these are visually my favourite.
I've given Gloucestershire a 4.5/5 rating as I usually much prefer a more stable book that I'm able to leave open and look back at when I feel the need to. This is of course very much a personal preference, and is probably due to the fact this is the first zine I've ever owned.
Overall the sequence and selection of images work well; a quick flick through the zine gives an obvious insight into Ted’s photographic style and the sorts of locations he likes to work in. This is a very simple layout nonetheless, a great flick through zine when you need some inspiration!
Images and text by Melissa, Photograd co-creator.