We recently asked Marcel Rollock some questions about his work & his new zine, Serenity Now.
Empty Stretch: Age/ Location
Marcel Rollock: 24 / Brooklyn
ES: How did you get into photography?
MR: I started taking pictures when I was 17 or so while living in Australia. Our group of friends were always skating or going out drinking and doing stupid, random stuff and taking pictures of it all just seemed normal. A couple of few of us would bring cameras and I was one of them. Shooting on film was the cool thing so we would go around to goodwill stores or whatever and pick up cheap 35mm cameras.
ES: What were some early influences?
MR: Definitely being exposed to so many places growing up, my family, friends and music. The homie Lloyd Stubber was coming out with some rad stuff and really seeing his pictures and feeling a connection to them was cool. My girlfriend Shay Richardson would always be showing me her latest shots and rolls of film which kept me wanting to shoot more.
ES: What made you decide to do a zine?
MR: It had been something on my mind for about a year before starting it and I have always thought photographs are better in print. Looking though a zine gives you a whole different feel then just looking at pictures online.
ES: What were decisions in sequencing/ editing/ layout?
MR:It terms of sequencing and layout I really just went with what felt right. Nobody knows your photos better than you and that being the case it was just a matter of putting photos in an order that complements them the best. All works were shot on film so the only editing done was for printing purposes for example dpi.
ES: Any newer zines recently that you’ve enjoyed?
MR: ‘The Last Best Place’ by Brian Merriam just made me want to move to Wyoming. ‘Division of Vision’ by Jay Dymock and Lloyd Stubber has those Aussie vibes and ‘Play’ by Pat O’Rourke is sick!
ES: Do you decide whats a photograph while shooting or during editing? Are you more documenting time of a scenario or composing an image?
MR: Shooting solely on film forces you to decide what a photograph is while taking the picture and that is what’s so appealing about it, you are telling a story in a way. In the past I have used digital cameras but never really liked the results.
Find more of Rollock’s work over on his website.