Sharing is Scary DIY Zine
What bridges the gap between a good body of work and photos you wouldn’t consider publishing? Might there even be the possibility that one photo could be supportive of another? Maybe there is some element in that one particular photo that another recipient could like, and by highlighting this element, probably could make something completely different, something worth publishing after all?
sharing is scary is a photo-zine – publishing rejected photos – by Lena Matrosova and Caro Tolkemit. The first issue was published in April 2018 as a zine for home-printing, along with a website featuring a how-to zine section.
About Lena & Caro
Lena is based in Berlin and interested in conceptual photography and photography as an object. Besides working with installations, she’s also editing publications for other photographers. Her friend Caro is based in Dortmund, and besides exploring the idea of diary strategies – shifting perspectives in an abstract way – she’s also working in the field of graphic design; both study photography. Having been working on different University projects together for a while now, they decided to team up again and come up with their own project: the sharing is scary zine
Sharing is scary & how it all started
The idea behind sharing is scary is to look out for never published material from photographic archives. Lena’s and Caro’s goal is to show that every image has the potential to be something great – placed in the right context that is. Their project deals with the subjective/ objective rating of one’s own image: What is a bad/ ugly photo and can there be another perception of it in a context that wasn’t anticipated by the photographer? Furthermore, it is an exploration if “classic” rules of composition always play a role when it comes to a positive rating, or if there is probably more to it?
They initiated their project with an open call to send in rejected or unused photos – also in hopes of rescuing them from the garbage bin – online via Facebook and through leaflets distributed in Dortmund and Berlin, alongside some information about the selection process of their authors. Their open call resulted in receiving about 350 photographs from all over the world – test shots, everyday pictures, double exposures or just plain bad pictures.
In addition to the subjective artist rating they received along with the photographs, they analyzed all of them in an objective manner, using criteria such as composition, subject, and color, and sometimes they sorted out images based solely on their aesthetic perception. The full documentation of the process can be seen on their website’s making-of section.
The premise of DIY & the future
The zine itself is created in such a way that it’s possible to print it completely on your own: the format is DIN A5 and it is hand bound – the stitching varies. It has a total of 128 pages featuring 103 photos, of which 16 pages are reserved for its index. How it could be printed and bound is shown on their website’s how-to zine section.
Now that the sharing is scary zine is done, Lena and Caro are thinking about some possibilities to exhibit the photographs – one could be virtual.
In addition to that, they are also thinking about publishing the zine as a hard copy version. If you’re interested in pre-ordering it, participate/ collaborate in/ on their second issue, feel free to contact them via mail HERE.
120 g/m² – DIN A4 – white
100 g/m² – DIN A4 – sand-grey recycling-paper
030 g/m² – DIN A4 – typewriter paper