How did the two of you come to the idea of creating Stolen? How did this progress to the finished debut issue?
We work next to each other during our day job in a print and design studio. And we both amateurly take photos using Holgas, La Sardinas, Polaroids, and the like. One day we just got chatting and thought we could make a magazine, or book, with all our photos in it, and include some of our friends work too. Then we thought, why not include everyone’s work? And we began the search for like minded folk… It took a few months to gather enough content, but once we had it, we put it all together and sent it off for print. Now we are stocked in over ten places both in Melbourne and New Zealand, and hoping to grow our reach, and expand content for Volume two.
One of the most distinctive elements of Stolen is that every aspect must be analogue in some form; what lead you to focus your publication on this feature?
We like the idea that with analogue you can’t edit anything, and you can try as hard as you want for it to be perfect, but you can’t just hold down a button, shoot ten photos and choose the one you like. It’s more of a process. Things are a little more thought out. You can shoot a whole roll of film or paint a picture and nothing will turn out, or you hate the way the picture appears, but it’s all part of the process. You build on it, or you go out and shoot again.
What do you look for in your pool of submissions?
We aren’t necessarily after professionals, we are after interesting content. Whether film photography, illustrations, painting or even hand written notes. It’s that voyeur inside all of us, that likes to look at a snapshot of other people and their lives.
What’s in store for the future?
We are wrapping up submissions for Volume Two - which close end of November, and then we aim to have Volume Two out by the end of March. We hope to grow our stockists, both Australia wide, and internationally too. Ultimately, our main goal is to support those who believe in analogue, and share all these uncovered, talented people with the world.