Zoetrope: All-Story is a finalist for the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, for the stories “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall and “24, Alhaji Williams Street” by ’Pemi Aguda...
Cate Le Bon
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A Note on the Design
For many years playing music on the road was great cover for me to shoot photos. I loved touring, but it was an endless grind, a great life destabilizer, and a preventer of healthy relationships. Still, realizing I could steal those endless hurry-up-and-wait hours and convert them into exposed 35mm film—that was a major draw, and the only reason I could have possibly ended up in Perth or Osaka or Ljubljana with plenty of downtime was because of the wonderfully inefficient superstructure of a rock tour.
I started out with a loaner Pentax K1000 with a 28mm lens. That almost-wide-angle is what got me hooked: the odd focal length introduced all kinds of unpredictable effects, from endless lens flares and light leaks to perspective distortions. I’m an analog-tape obsessive, so the decision to shoot film was unconscious. But I soon came to love those little rolled-up . . .