For the first in a series of interviews with members of the zine / photography community, Brian Arnold of Phone Home Press talks to Nathan Pearce about recent projects and his creative process. Nathan is a photographer, zine maker, and one half of Same Coin Press along with fellow creative Claire Cushing.
Here’s what he had to say:
BA : Hi Nathan, start off by telling us about your background.
NP : I am a photographer based in Southern Illinois. Most of my work deals with the Midwest not only as a backdrop for my work but it often times acts as a subject in the work as well. I have recently released a photobook called Midwest Dirt.
BA : So how did the idea and theme for Midwest Dirt come about?
NP : I actually went about it a different way than I have any other project I have ever done. I didn’t set out with the project in mind but in mid 2012 I began to look back over my recent work and saw the themes that would become Midwest Dirt standing out. The themes of stillness and home were some of the keywords that I began to focus on when editing the project and from there I shot more focusing on that theme. Even though I have released the photobook featuring the Midwest Dirt project I think that the project is still ongoing and even evolving. Even other projects that I work on still have a lot of connections to Midwest Dirt.
BA : What camera(s) were you shooting with throughout the process?
NP : Too many to mention here. I really like to experiment with different cameras and the ways that they force me to change my approach a bit. I rarely have more than one with me and never more than two.
BA : Tell us about Same Coin Press and what you guys have planned for the future.
NP : Same Coin is a project that I started with Claire Cushing. We put out our own zines and photobooks. The first of which is Same Coin V.1 which Phone Home Press is currently stocking in the web store. That one is a split zine between Claire and I. We also put out the Midwest Dirt photobook and a few other zines that I have done. Claire has been working hard on her next zine called I’ve Been which will be out shortly and we are also working on a group zine that we are going to have at Alt Press Fest July 12th in Salt Lake City. We have a lot more planned for the future including more group zines and lots of other books and zines by Claire and I.
BA : Anything else you’d like to add?
NP : I would like to say thanks to Phone Home Press for continuing to support my work and carry the books and zines that we put out through Same Coin Press. Speaking of books you are carrying Midwest Dirt will probably be sold out by the time that this comes out so some of the very last copies are for sale in your distro. You will at least have the only two copies left in the country.
Many thanks to Nathan for taking the time to share with us. Check out the links below and get a copy of Midwest Dirt before they’re gone. Stay tuned for Interview #2 coming soon!
Photo of Nathan by Steve Matzker