A N I N T E R V I E W W I T H P A U L I N E M A G N E N A T
Pauline has a new book due out on April 3rd that’s published by the fine folks over at Various Publishing. I’m always excited to see what the girl behind Rocket Science has to say so I asked her a few questions about what’s in store when we crack the cover on “Summer Lights”.
Why is making a photobook important to you?
It is important because seeing a work on the internet, which is where about 99% of the people who look at my work see it, will never be the same as in a book - and also, I am huge collector of photo books and zines. Having a physical object, something you can actually possess and go back to is important for me.
What was your strategy for creating “Summer Lights”? Was it in mind before you were shooting or did you look back on your photos and think that this is what needs to be done?
It started when the founder of Various Publishing emailed me about my work, this was in early September. I had graduated college in June and just ended a relationship - before I started a new one. So it had been a weird, yet exciting, summer. It felt like everything was uncertain and, while I was still taking photographs throughout the months, I really didn’t know where I was going with all of this. It was never my intention to make a book specifically with these pictures - to be honest, I had spent the last year of college focusing on my degree series, Missing, and I was more concerned about self-publishing these. I was just taking photographs throughout the summer - and when I met with Jonathan Cohen, the founder of Various, I showed him a bit of everything I had but we quickly decided these worked well together and really said something about the atmosphere of this particular summer.
What are your relationships with the people depicted in the book?
Without saying too much, in July I had just ended a relationship and quickly after, began a new one. It was the first summer I spent back in my hometown for the past three years and it felt both awkward and nice. I was hanging out with my sister mostly and we spent more time together between those two months than we had or have ever since. She helped me go through all of these changes and insecurities and besides, we had a lot of fun. I also went back to my family house in Tuscany and spent a couple of weeks there, and then met my boyfriend there at the end of the summer. So it was, once again, a weird summer but I got closer to my sisters and brother - and that’s also part of what “Summer Lights” is about.
So what didn’t make the cut?
A few photographs of extra people - friends, mostly. There was a portrait of a friend of mine, Elise, that I really liked and a few others as well, but putting them in the book would have changed the narrative and it didn’t go well with the other portraits featured. It was hard to decide on the final selection, but I’m thrilled with the results and I hope people will like it.
"Summer Lights" is released April 3rd 2012 by Various Publishing with a foreword by Jason Lazarus. The book will be available in selected galleries in bookstores across the UK, US, Switzerland and France.
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