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Adventitious zine Volume 01 “Home”

EDITORS Carlos Cancela Pinto, Mariya Ustymenko

LOGO DESIGN Helena Perez Garcia


CURATOR Igor Termenon

ARTISTS Carlos Cancela Pinto, Carla Andrade, Marija Strajnic, Mariya Ustymenko

- First edition of 30

- All copies numbered 

- 32 pages

- Full Colour

- Digital Print

Please, do not hesitate to contact adventitiouszine(at)gmail.com if you have any questions.

More previews from volume 01!

We are excited with the results and we decided to share more preview photos.

Carla F. Andrade

Marija Strajnic

Adventitious volume 01 printed preview

This a printed preview of our first volume. More images from the issue to appear this week. Thank you for your support!image

Adventitious Volume 01 cover preview

We are very excited about Adventitious Volume 01 . Here is a sneaky peak at the cover. Cover image by Carla F. Andrade.image


Adventitious on Brighton Photo Fringe 

Here is a little update from us!

Sharing the images taken during The ArtsFORUM Feedback Circle, where Adventitious Vol. 1 was presented as a work in progress. The event took place as part of Brighton Photo Fringe schedule of events (24 Oct 2012)

Interview with, the creator of the Adventitious logo, Helena Perez Garcia

Hi Helena, Thank you for your time and help with the project. I know that you have recently moved to London. How do you find the city, and what are you up to at the moment?


At the moment I work at a graphic design studio as well as a freelance illustrator on my personal projects. I’ve been living in London for three months and I’m really enjoying its endless cultural offer.

Can you say a few words about your inspiration for Adventitious logo design?

To create the logo I found inspiration in the botanic definition of Adventitious: “appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root.” My idea was to create a contrast between a very simple typeface and an unexpected element that would grow from one of the letters.


On your website you mention the balance between graphic design and illustration in your work, and the increase of interest in visual identity. What were the key events/ inspirations over the past few years which made you switch now and again between the two?

I would say that the main reason is my academic background. After finishing a degree in Fine Arts I studied a Master in Design and Illustration. Then I discovered that there was no need to choose between design and illustration, as both are perfectly compatible.


Among your personal projects is the design of classic book covers, what are your thoughts on the literary medium of today, in the age of e-books? What constitutes the book’s “bookness” for you?

Lately I’ve been thinking of getting an e-book due to the lack of space and my constantly moving from one place to another. But I couldn’t stop collecting paper books; I love the feeling of turning the pages, the scent of paper…, there’s something romantic and old fashioned about it all that I adore.


What book/s are you reading now, and what is on your wish list?

At the moment I’m reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. A friend of mine recommended me Madame Bovary by Flauvert a long time ago. I’ve been searching for the beautiful Penguin copy designed by Caroline Bickford-Smith, but It seems very difficult to get it!


A good stationary store must have:

A wide range of all kinds of papers and quality brushes.  I also like to collect (and rarely use) all kind of arts and crafts items, like stickers or glitter.


60s appear to have a strong visual presence in your illustration work, what resonates with you most in this particular cultural period?

I love films from the sixties, like Hitchcock´s and Godard´s. I also like 60s fashion and music, so I guess is inevitable that 60s aesthetic influences my work.


The last pair of shoes you bought was:

A pair of burgundy patent leather loafers.


Favorite music line turn motto:

"& I’m not worried that I will never touch the stars
‘cos stars belong up in heaven
& the earth is where we are” Dishes by Pulp

Interview with, Vol.1 curator, Igor Termenon

Hi Igor, It’s wonderful having you on board of Adventitious. What has made you agree to join this new endeavor? 

Hi! My pleasure!


When you guys contacted me and asked me to be part of Adventitious, I really liked the concept and the idea of the artists creating new material for the zine based on the topic I was asked to propose.


There are lots of curated zines at the moment, but I guess this novelty really attracted me and made me want to collaborate with you.


Can you tell us a few words about your chosen brief, and the original inspiration behind it?


The brief was something really personal to me. The theme of “Home” has been a strong part of my personal work in the last three years.


In 2009 I was living in Glasgow and decided to start documenting my life there. A year later I moved back to Spain and after that, back to the UK again. Last year I decided to make a selection from all these photos I had been taken in the last couple of years and created a series called “I used to live here”. At that time I really didn’t know what to call home anymore, I had lived in 5 different cities in 3 years and wasn’t sure where I was going to end up next.


I guess the main reason why I chose this theme was to know how other photographers interpret the word “home”. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results.


Are you working on any particular personal photographic project at the moment?


I’ve been shooting quite a lot of fashion lately, which is always fun!


Can you tell us a few words about Girls on Film and its ‘sister’ publication Boys on Film? I’ve noticed you have introduced several design changes over the last few months.


Girls/Boys on Film is a contemporary photography zine I started in March 2011. The idea behind the zine was showcasing the work of emerging photographers that shoot with film cameras.


The concept is still the same. Every issue, I make a selection of portraits taken by photographers from all around the world and put them together in a small zine format, both in digital and print versions.


The design has changed because I usually get bored of things quite easily haha! So that’s the main reason, I wanted it to evolve and try different things, but the editorial line remains the same.


What are your thoughts on the future of the photo zine medium, print vs digital?


There’s definitely a revolution in print right now. If you look back a couple of years ago, there weren’t as many print publications as today. I think print can really survive but I wonder if we’re going to get to a point where there will be some kind of saturation and people will get bored.


A few months ago I had a quick chat with the owners of Good Press Gallery – a small zine shop and gallery space in Glasgow- and they were telling me how people are publishing zines nowadays but not many buy them, not even those people who are inside the “zine scene”.


I believe that’s something which is definitely happening, so I wonder when it will reach a point where it’s not sustainable anymore.

What is your average week day schedule like? Early bird, or an owl?


Early bird definitely! I wake up at around 7 and go to the digital agency where I work. I usually arrive home at 6,15 and try to spend some time replying to all the Girls on Film emails I receive.


What’s the last track you’ve listened to over the past 48 hours?


This is embarrassing, but I’m going to be 100% honest. I’ve been listening to this cheesy pop song called “Ready or Not” by Bridgit Mendler non stop over the last 4 days.


The top three favorite zines on your pile are:


1.       Traum Noir – Extremely cheap and amazing editorial line.

2.       No Thoughts – Really cool photography zine and Michael J DeMeo, its founder, is a great guy who´s always supported Girls on Film.

3.       Anything from OWT Creative – The quality of their zines is amazing and, again, they’re also great guys.


Who are the new kids on the photographic block to watch out for in the next year or so?


Berta Pfirsich, a Spanish photographer who has a great vision, especially for fashion. Her editorials are amazing.


Charlie Brophy . She´s so good with fashion photography! I love how she captures the models, there’s some really personal and relaxed in her photos.


Quote of the day:

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry” Jack Kerouac 

Photo of Igor Termenon by Jakub Michalski and interview by Mariya Ustymenko

Interview with Adventitious editors

Please, introduce yourself.

CCP: Hi, my name is Carlos. I am 33 years old geologist by profession, and photographer by passion based in Lisbon, Portugal.

MU: Hello, my name is Mariya. I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine, but I now live in the United Kingdom. I am a PhD student, a month from my final submission, writing my research at the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. Photography is my buzz, and I have been involved in the medium over the past ten years. This is my first collaborative project as an editor.


How did you two get together? What was the original concept behind Adventitious?

CCP: After I had self-published a zine Shoreline that I created in collaboration with a friend, I sent the publication over to several experts in the field for a peer review. Mariya read one of these online and contacted me shortly as she has also just produced a photo publication dedicated to her project Motion and Silence. We exchanged our copies, and kept in touch ever since, so publishing in collaboration came up naturally. But this time we wanted to extend the project to involve fellow artists whose work we hold in high esteem.

Adventitious is based around the idea of challenge. Each volume is set to bring together a selection of photographers who agree in advance to create new work in response to a mystery brief they do not yet know. This brief is provided by the invited curator of each issue. The curator sets the theme/ the task. The artists have to work with this brief within a set period of time (three months) and come up with their own unique interpretation which gets consequently published on the pages of Adventitious.

What is Adventitious?

MU: The word itself comes from the Latin root advenire which means “to come or be superadded.” In botany the term refers to structures that develop in an unusual place. We believe in chance, as well as in the added value brought by the unique perspective of many highly talented people involved, who come into the project “blind folded” but have no limits imposed on their creativity the moment the brief is out. The final product is thus bound to be an original, hard to pre-design creation. We are waiting for submissions to come in with baited breath

How was the current team formed? A few words about your selection process.

CCP:  Mariya and I approached the photographers we both admire and sent out invitations. The photographers agreed to meet the challenge so to speak. I have contacted Igor Termenon of Girls on Film to be our first curator for Vol. 1 and we were very happy when he accepted the offer, and sent over a wonderful brief.

MU:  Helena Perez Garcia was very generous to provide Adventitious with a brand identity that far surpassed our expectations from logo design. It’s really exciting when all things come together in a wonderful manner. We have extremely talented people and we’re are planning to put up more information about the work of Carla F. Andrade, Marija Strajnic, and Laurence Tarquin Von Thomas in the next few days on our resources.


What’s next?

CCP: Publish Adventitious! I expect we will have the publication ready in time – we have a neatly planned tough schedule.  At the moment we are negotiating with future distribution partners, and are in communication with printers and binders. We’re also open to offers –communal creative effort is out ethos.

MU: Stay with us ;)