A new photography zine focused on equality

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Our Collective Breathing, created by Tom Carpenter, splits its profits equally among each contributor

“Everyone who has contributed will be equal, ” asserts Tom Carpenter. An ethos, that is the driving force at the rear of Our Collective Breath (OCB) , a brand new photography zine focusing on the wider image-making community. “The idea of dividing the profits upward equally between all the members was important for us, particularly when work and opportunities had been almost non-existent because of the Covid-19 lockdown. People in the creative industries are more often compared to not expected to work for free of charge, so we felt it was the best time to find a way we could pay all contributors equally. ”

The Cornwall-based photographer started work on the zine, the particular theme of which is Perform, Explore, Experiment , during the first UNITED KINGDOM lockdown. “I had wished to create a printed publication for a while, and I wanted it to be something that could support other artists and photographers, ” Carpenter says. “I got in touch with a designer, ” he adds. “Lots associated with peoples’ work opportunities had been put on hold and we wanted to create something that showcased the photographers’ work while also ensuring they were paid equally for their contribution. ”

Here, Father reflects on the creative practice behind the zine.

British Journal of Pictures: How did you decide on the particular title?

Tom Carpenter: The title had to be something that manifested the coming together of a group of artists and professional photographers. It also had to reflect our approach. After a lot of time spent trawling through a collection of synonyms, we settled on Our own Collective Breath .  

BJP: Just how did you decide on the theme Play, Explore, Experiment pertaining to issue one?

TC: The theme for issue one particular ( Play, Explore, Experiment ) came to be as we worked out how to take the zine to life. Playing, exploring, and experimenting were what we did to get the first issue of the zine to where it is now. The theme furthermore helped guide us in order to came to deciding who must be part of the first issue.

© Rhiannon Adam.

© Maisie Marshall.

BJP: Which projects surprised you the most?

TC: I’d have to say Rhiannon Adam’s work on Pitcairn Island . It’s task management that I’ve admired for a long time, but it wasn’t until I actually interviewed Rhiannon that I noticed how much she was up against when making the work. For me, it’s refreshing to hear a professional photographer speak so openly concerning the ups and the downs of a project. It gives the rest of us wish!

BJP: What has the first issue taught you?

TC: Issue one has taught us a lot. It’s the first time I’ve worked on a printed publication like this, and it’s the full-time job just looking to keep everything on track.  

For me, one of the main things I’ve learnt from this process is certainly how much support there is from your wider creative community. It can be quite daunting approaching individuals sometimes, but if you do not ask, you’ll never know.  

Issue One of Our Collective Breath is available to pre-order from their online shop .

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable became a member of the British Journal associated with Photography in October 2020, where he is currently the Content Assistant. Prior to this, this individual studied a BA of all time of Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, Greater london.

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