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Bookbed reviews: ‘MONO’ by Erin Noir


For someone who hasn’t met her face-to-face yet, I assume to know a LOT about Erin. I’ve known her since ’03 or ‘04, when we were still on Tabulas (Remember that site? Yeah? High five!), and over the years, I’ve watched her grow—from Mindy to Barbara to Basterda to Erin Noir—and witnessed her artistic endeavors. Her courage in *doing her thing* is inspiring.

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This is why when she released her latest project, MONO, I made sure to get a copy. It has been a good, decade-long (online) friendship, after all, and local artists, like Erin, need as much support as they can get.


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Erin loves monochromatic and minimalist aesthetics, so I wasn’t surprised to see that MONO, the first release of her mini-magazine of analog photos, showcases black-and-white photos featuring at least one element or subject per image.

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The book opens from the back, like a Japanese comic


Now, I don’t know much about analog photography, but I’d like to say that the power in these images lies in the subjects of the snapshots themselves. Snapshots of strolling cats, reveling in gigs, commuting in public transport, staring at fauna, making friends (even love) and immortalizing mundane things.

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Plus, I feel like these reflect the experiences most 20-somethings today undergo—just like Erin and yours truly. This is why these images hit close to home. Going through the photos page by page feels like going through “A Day in the Life of…”

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If you’re into analog photography and supporting artistic endeavors, this book should be in your bag or on your walls. ☁

Visit Erin Noir here.
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