low-fi

a photography zine documenting my trip to New York and Toronto in May 2019.

 
Inside Grand Central Station even the hallways are opulent.

Inside Grand Central Station even the hallways are opulent.

I didn’t go into the Gugg, but I got some cool abstract photos. It’s a wild building.

I didn’t go into the Gugg, but I got some cool abstract photos. It’s a wild building.

 
 

I took a trip to New York City and Toronto in May 2019. I decided to document my trip in 35mm film. Upon developing the rolls I decided to make a zine about the trip.

 
 
In NYC I was obsessed with the greebling—details on the surfaces of buildings that added nothing to the structure, but added greatly to the beauty.

In NYC I was obsessed with the greebling—details on the surfaces of buildings that added nothing to the structure, but added greatly to the beauty.

Another thing I really enjoyed about the architecture in the big city was the mixture of old and new, art deco and 80s buildings.

Another thing I really enjoyed about the architecture in the big city was the mixture of old and new, art deco and 80s buildings.

 
 

I realized the photos would take away from the background less if they were black and white. I wanted to do a layout where the photos did not take up the whole page, allowing me to play with spacing; colour photos would distract from any background other than white, and I like pastels.

 
 
The darkness between buildings was more pronounced than in any city I’ve been in. The sunlight doesn’t quite touch the ground the same way as elsewhere.

The darkness between buildings was more pronounced than in any city I’ve been in. The sunlight doesn’t quite touch the ground the same way as elsewhere.

 

I used the Pantone website to create a rainbow across the book in pastel blocks. I moved the photos around so that while they were still the hero of the zine, they gave up some space for inane ramblings and peeks at the background colour of each page

 
 
 
 

One photo I shot from the hip turned out pretty well. It was the only option for the zine’s cover.

Hotdog man, thinking of cooler days.

Hotdog man, thinking of cooler days.

 
 
The first two pages.

The first two pages.

The spacing came out as expected; I was nervous before printing even though margins are pretty explicit. Good to know I measured correctly the first time.

The spacing came out as expected; I was nervous before printing even though margins are pretty explicit. Good to know I measured correctly the first time.

 
 

I went to Clubcard for printing the thing; this is the proof before the final print. It came out exactly as I expected—it was a very good first professional printing experience.

 
 
This photo was in Central Park of one of the ever-present hotels peeking over the treetops.

This photo was in Central Park of one of the ever-present hotels peeking over the treetops.

Hotdog man, low-fi man.

Hotdog man, low-fi man.

 
 

I’m already thinking about my next design project, but this was super fun to work through and see in physical copy.