Written by James. Published on
under the Zines category.
A few weeks ago, I composed a zine called Quiet Edinburgh, a photo essay based on my experience visiting Edinburgh coming out of lockdown. The zine contains photos taken between April, days after travel restrictions were eased allowing for people to travel outside of their council areas, and June. I composed this zine shortly after taking a break from travelling due to rising COVID cases.
My goal for this zine is to share some unique moments I do not think I will see again. Streets that are typically filled with people -- from locals to tourists from across the globe -- were almost or completely empty. I passed by Princes Street Gardens on a nice day on one of my visits to see nobody there. Of course, as lockdown eased, more people started to visit but on my first visits there was a strange vibe. There's nothing quite like being able to walk around a city seeing few people there on your travels. In a sense, you feel like you are the only person in the world.
The Quiet Edinburgh Zine is stocked in Good Press, a zine store based in Glasgow.
This project was incredibly fun to produce. When I was taking the photos, I had no idea that I would be putting them into a print publication. However, I wanted to share what I saw and document some history that others can access, a perfect use of the zine medium. If you pick up a copy, let me know what you think.