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Meeting Lewis Chaplin from Loose Joints Publishing.


I was fortunate enough to sit in a talk with documentary and conceptual based photographer and co-owner of Loose Joints Publishing Lewis Chaplin. This speaker and presentation was of particular interest as at this point in my own project I had made a dummy book after feedback from Yan Preston and Karina Lax to turn my project into a photobook.


As I was very tentatively exploring the possibility and potential formats to turn my own project into some form of phonebook this talk would prove to be most beneficial to help when considering size, layout, paper stock, binding, etc.

Elemer by Marton Perlaki©, Published by Loose Joints©, 2016.

Chaplin stated that his love for phonebooks began when he was a student and would make photobooks just for his own enjoyment with no intention for them to be seen by anyone. After Chaplin's presentation he put aside time to spend with guests to discuss and offer feedback on how the work we show could be improved or potentially approached from a different angle. Spending time with Lewis Chaplin was a personal highlight, it offered the opportunity to present and discuss the work to a completely fresh pair of eyes for advice.


I was fortunate enough to sit in a talk with documentary and conceptual based photographer and co-owner of Loose Joints Publishing Lewis Chaplin. This speaker and presentation was of particular interest as at this point in my own project I had made a dummy book after feedback from Yan Preston and Karina Lax to turn my project into a phobook.
Seabird by Bobby Doherty©, Published by Loose Joints©, 2018.

While showing work and my crudely crafted handmade dummy book to Chaplin his first comment was that my working title of #gay was too obvious, literal and didn't do the work within the pages the justice they deserved. He was right and I respected his honest feedback. Chaplin commented on the strong social analysis and deconstruction of social media but specifically homosexual culture online. Stating although the project is queer based it's still relatable as everyone can relate to being snubbed or ignored online while giving an intimate glimpse into the hidden toxicity of homosexual culture online.


Chaplin also stated that although the work is both intimate and educational, it possesses moments of comic relief for the viewer to keep them engaged to keep reading the responses received. A final analysis made by Chaplin was that he can see a large portion of myself and my individuality within the pages of the book making it even more interesting as the viewers are able to see the toxicity of homosexual culture online through the eyes and screen of a young homosexual man living within it.

Snow Cab bySean Vegezzi©, Published by Loose Joints©, 2016.

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