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by KB Meniado

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!)

Over the years, I’ve watched Erin grow – from Mindy to Barbara to Basterda to Erin Noir – and witnessed her artistic endeavors. And, to put it simply, she’s awesome! Her courage in just going into the world and doing her thing is – OK, Erin, you can flinch now, haha – inspiring.

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MONO by Erin Noir

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.

Bedside story

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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

Up in the clouds

Now, I don’t know much about art technique and all that, 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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These are experiences most 20-somethings today undergo and that 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…” well, me. (Although, I must admit, not as cool or as alternative.)

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If you’re into analog photography and supporting artistic endeavors, then this book should be in your bag, maybe on your wall and definitely in your mind. ☁

Visit Erin Noir here. Check out updates on MONO here.


KB Meniado is bookbed’s Head Cheer Reader. In the words of writer Orhan Pamuk, she read a book one day and her whole life was changed. Follow her @heykebe on InstagramTumblr and Twitter.

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