Big Tight #6: Below Zee Level combines a travel zine with a photography zine with a dash of humour that takes you on a bike journey to Amsterdam. Big Tight tells a tale of bugs, slugs, helpful Dutch people, and a lot of rain.
Not one to babble on, Bit Tight is almost poetic at moments in taking out the snippets of the journey shared in this zine. There is plenty to read here, but the amount of writing feels like a good balance to the pictures included.
The humour I mentioned is subtle and somewhat dry, but I think that makes it all the better. It’s unexpected and pops up only often enough to keep you smiling. My favourite was part of a description to go along with one of the pictures:
“the Oosterscheldekering, menacing in views and pronunciation…”
I was really impressed with the quality of this zine. It’s lovely to look at and to touch. The cover is made of a slightly-thicker glossy paper while the inside is made of similar quality paper that is matte instead of glossy.
If magazines were produced like that, I might actually buy them.
I don’t want to mention my one little niggle, but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t: Spelling/typos. I don’t want to be the grammar police or anything like that, but it is probably a good idea to get a second set of eyes looking over your work. (A lesson I’m currently learning, believe me.) I know things in the zine community are very relaxed, but there are words in there that I’m not sure if I don’t know because they are foreign or if I’m just not clicking onto something that has a typo in it.
All up, it’s a small thing in the grand scheme of it all. From its production quality to the journey held inside, this zine has been an enjoyable one to read and experience. I will definitely be opening its pages again.