Fred Ranger, from Montreal, is not only a visual storytelling expert but also a YouTuber and gear junkie. We had previously talked about visual storytelling, but this time, we decided to dive into how and why he created his first zine.
Fred’s zine, titled “Humans After All,” is a collection of moments that celebrate the beauty of everyday life. Fred wanted to bring back the focus on humanity and showcase the small, poetic stories that often go unnoticed. From four old Italian friends waiting for the bus to a woman interacting with cats in Portugal, each photo tells a unique story.
When Fred decided to publish the zine, he opted for a different approach. Instead of relying solely on digital platforms like Instagram, he wanted to explore a different medium. He believed that seeing his work in print would bring out the true magic and allow viewers to experience his art in a different light.
To bring his vision to life, Fred used BookWrite, a free editing software provided by Blurb, to design and sequence the zine. He found it to be intuitive and user-friendly, which made the process smooth and enjoyable. Fred also emphasized the importance of seeing his work in print, as it added a whole new dimension to his photography. After publication, he was thrilled when Blurb reached out and featured his zine in their staff picks section.
Not only did Fred create a physical version of the zine, but he also made a digital PDF version available for those interested. He wanted his art to be accessible to a wider audience, and the digital format allowed people to experience his work on their devices.
Fred shared his love for capturing those fleeting moments that make life beautiful. And his journey of selecting and sequencing the photos in “Humans After All” was a reminder of the power of storytelling and the impact it can have.
Have a listen to our conversation about Fred’s journey into the print world and Street Photography Magazine subscribers can view photos from Fred’s zine in the October issue beginning October 24.