So it’s been a cool minute since we posted a new Know Your Zine and were genuinely sorry for that, but on the bright side were back from a hiatus with Quinn Arneson‘s Color Graphics in Bed. With the help of Nighted publishing company, our pal and The Good Company representer Quinn put this twenty-four page zine together using his 35 mm photos in a very unique way.
Besides the subjects and photos themselves, Color Graphic In Bed‘s creativity lives in its full color aspect which lends to the transition of one core color in the spectrum to another, flowing throughout the zine. To grasp the full concept yourself you can grab one over at Nighted, but for now check out a short Q&A we did with Quinn as well as some of his photos below.
Mass Appeal: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you originally from? How long have you been shooting for? Do you have any formal training in photography? etc, etc.
Quinn Arneson: I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco at 17. I have been shooting with film for over 10 years and as of lately can’t seem to go anywhere without a camera. I went to school for painting but have always been interested in photography. I don’t think it was ever something I wanted to be trained in.
Can you describe the satisfaction you gain from creating a zine?
It is all very satisfying but I think the best part of the process is having the tangible object versus seeing my photos on a computer. Being able to give out copies to friends is pretty awesome too.
What was the publishing process like putting this zine out? Was it all DIY or did you have assistance?
Because of the style of this zine, I laid it out myself on the computer and I believe Nick at Nighted usually does things himself too.
Can you tell us the story behind the Dill photo in the zine?
Oh yeah, I think he was with some of the FTC crew in SF and I used to live with those kids out there. He told me he was filming in Chinatown and threw his shoes on some roof. He got some nice slippers that day and was wearing them real good.
What do you see in an image that makes you say ‘hey I want to shoot this’? Is it colors, the subject, or is it a multitude of things?
I am pretty all over the place but subject matter and color are very important. I feel like, and this may sound immature, but a common theme in my work is fun.
Can you explain the experimentation of the transition of colors throughout the spectrum within the zine?
I was asked to make a full color zine with the guys over at Nighted. I really appreciated the opportunity and wanted everyone to appreciate their willingness to produce a full color zine with me. It’s a pretty simple concept really.
Is this your first zine? If not tell us about your other projects in the past and what you may have lined up in the future.
This is my first solo zine. I have participated in a few small projects over the years. I also have projects in the works as well as a few art shows lined up that I am really excited about.
Fun fun. Thanks.