SPOTLIGHT / In Situ Magazine
After the launch of local photography magazine ‘In Situ’ on August 18, we had a chat with the person behind this cool project, Rohan Golestani, to tell us a little bit more about the zine and the launch.
Reuniting multiple Perth photographers with the purpose of creating a fresh approach to zines, by using local photography to capture mundane spots in our city, which we most likely walk past every day. This was their first launch and all physical copies sold out, with all profits going to charity, our Handshake team were vibing the zine and concept so much, we had to find out more!
Alma Kuschel: How was the turn out for the opening?
Rohan Golestani: Being our first event, I wasn’t initially expecting a massive turnout of people. Months before I started putting out some videos and images hinting at the exhibition and it gained a following and coincidentally a lot of people ended up responding to the event on Facebook. At one stage it was near impossible to walk around the ArtLab space as it was packed – I was stoked.
AK: Were there zines for sale?
RH: Yes, this was the first printed edition of In Situ consisting of all of the photographers involved to date featured. All of the profits from the night are going towards running photography workshops for the kids at Bentley Primary School. Supporting the next generation and fostering in them a keen eye for composition and imagery is rad!
AK: What was the atmosphere like at the launch?
RH: The atmosphere was quite dynamic, people from all ages and backgrounds attended. In fact, a few hours before the opening an older gentleman popped his head in and was interested in the exhibition. After a brief chat he thought the concept was awesome and decided to head down to the bank to bring us a small donation. Art and photography should be for the community, so it’s always heartening when it sparks some sort of universal connectivity.
AK: Where abouts was the launch?
RH: The exhibition was hosted at UWA’s ArtLab Gallery space on Broadway in Crawley.
AK: Were the pictures from the magazine displayed on the night?
RH: I selected a range of panels from each photographer’s respective online zine and printed them at the same scale as the physical edition for the wall exhibition. The physical zine itself accompanied the exhibition on the night.
AK: Who took the pictures? How are u guys related? Did u slide on their DM’s or vice versa?
RH: Mostly my friends, and a couple of local people I stumbled across on Instagram. I definitely slid in the DMs… and over half the time I get no reply. Perhaps some people think that having their Instagram images curated is a bit odd, but on the occasions where I’ve been granted access it’s turned out really interestingly.
AK: Did the exhibition stay open after the launch? Was that chill?
RH: I kept it open for another couple days after the launch. There were a few people filtering through. It gave an opportunity for those who couldn’t make it on the night to check it out.
AK: What’s the main focus of the zine?
RH: Essentially I’m just curating my own and other people’s phone photography. There’s less of a focus on image quality, and more so on composition, subject matter and humour. Images in isolation can have way less of a visual and symbolic effect compared to when they are paired with other images, no matter how mundane and regular they may seem. It’s about context and contrast.
AK: Is there a page to check out the zine or In Situ’s content?
RH: Yep, we have a Facebook page: facebook.com/insituinsituinsitu and a page where the publications are directly posted onto for free:
AK: How did you come up with the name? When was the idea/project born?
RH: In Situ is a term used in many different contexts. In the medical field, in archaeology, even construction and architecture. Essentially it means “on site”, “in the original place” or “in the appropriate position.” I liked the way it looked and sounded, and its definition vaguely alluded to ideas of a local photography to me, although since its inception the images now span locations across the entire globe.
AK: How did you contact people to collab?
RH: Mostly friends, DM’d a few through Instagram.
AK: Are most of the photos taken in local spots?
RH: There is a great emphasis on Perth, and Perth-centric imagery, but the photos have been taken all over the world.
AK: Now after the launch, are the zines still for sale? If so where/how can we buy?
RH: We sold out of all our first edition zines on the night! I am definitely planning on hosting a similar event for a collective second edition zine / exhibition sometime in the future. If you’re interested in learning more about In Situ, or even contributing some imagery yourself do not hesitate to contact me through @pygmyzamboni.
AK: Were there any sponsors?
RH: No sponsors! Some of the photographers kindly donated some of their own funds, which assisted in printing costs, but once costs are met the rest is for charity.
Follow In Situ on Facebook and stay tuned for the upcoming editions, which you can check out for free here as well as flipping through all the issues.
By Alma Kuschel