INTERVIEW: SADIE BAILEY (PHOTOGRAPHER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PROJECT UPCOMING)

FFO: PASSIONATE WOMEN KILLING IT IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY AND PUBLISHING SCENE!

Who are you and where are you based?

Sadie Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Project Upcoming Publishing. I spend most of my time between London & LA.

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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.
How did you come into the role of being the Editor-In-Chief of Project Upcoming? What is your role within the publishing company?
The title is just a formality. I started Project Upcoming around 2 years ago because the lack of a platform that genuinely showcased and supported young, up and coming artists really pissed me off. It seemed like there were very specific ‘credentials’ you needed to be noticed, which meant that majority of the people I knew were all trying to be like each other. They were all trying to be what these big platforms deemed “cool”, which is definitely not cool.  (DIY YOUTH CAN VERY MUCH RELATE TO THIS)

So here I am two years later, as Editor in Chief of a publishing company and online magazine, sat in my office space answering Interview questions about something that was once just a 4am anxiety attack. It’s awesome, to see how we’ve progressed and to see the amount of support / recognition we’ve gained from just doing what feels right to do. I’ve got both a Junior Editor and an Artwork Coordinator and we’ve just set up a proper photo studio in our office. It’s crazy. I’m still in awe of all this.

What is your current photographic work about?

Well I’ve been in California for 2.5 months shooting for a few new projects- but my most recent body of work is about my love hate relationship with London.

 

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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.

 

What new projects have you been shooting in California?

I started shooting for a continuous, travelling series based around local skateboarding which I actually started when I was up in Portland and then a few personal projects that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I spent a day skating from one end of Sunset Blvd to the other photographing my favourite ‘landmarks’, and then I shot some Portra 800 (which is rare- I usually only shoot black and white film) at Zuma beach. Just little things like that.

 

What difference and/or similarities have you found when you’ve shot in California in comparison to London?

I definitely spend more time shooting and appreciating my surroundings when I’m in California. In London, and just Europe in  general, I spent most of my time documenting the people I’m with rather the things I see and places I go.

All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.

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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.

Why do you have a love/hate relationship with London? And how have you documented this relationship through your images?
I left LA when I was 11, and to be uprooted from everything and everyone you know at such a vulnerable age is quite traumatic.Saying that- I wouldn’t change what happened. Being in London forced me to toughen up emotionally, it’s a difficult city, and distance between myself and my life in LA created this incredible sentiment.
I’ve even got the name of my elementary school, Wonderland, tattooed on me because I think is the coolest fucking place, and I’m still best friends with people I met over 15 years ago because that distance made me appreciate those friendships much more.
That’s not something I can say about London. I’d look like an absolute tool if I had “ St Marylebone C of E School for Girls” tattooed on my ribs.
If you want to know how I’ve documented my relationship with London then you should grab a copy of my new zine, ‘We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday

 

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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.

 

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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.
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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.

 

What got you interested into photography and taking images?

The ups and downs of life. I think it’s great that I get to document that.

 

Who are you inspired by?

Mark Oblow, Grant Brittain, Dennis Morris and Simon Barker to name a few.

 

Is there are there any zines and/or exhibitions you’ve taken direct inspiration from recently? Or have a stand out zine you’d like to promote from Project Upcoming?
 
I’m inspired by every zine that comes across my desk, whether than be one we’ve published or just one that I’ve picked up / been sent. The same with every magazine and photo book.
We’ve got four new titles being released this week (PORTUGANG being one of them- see the previous interview with Maste on DIY YOUTH.. other zines include Sam Cashmore’s ‘Paris in 72 hours‘- now SOLD OUT, as well as Reid Allen’s zine ‘For lack of a better world‘), which are easily some of my favourite bodies of work we’ve published due to the pure love and dedication they’ve been given during the creative process.

 

What are your future aspirations?

I’ve got a whole notebook full of project ideas I’m dying to execute. I spent years waiting for the right platform to be interested in my ideas, and finding that the majority of them just stick to their own circle of creatives, which is why I launched the online magazine side of Project Upcoming. Now I’ve got my own platform to do exactly that.

 

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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.
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All images are taken from the zine We Only Hate the World Monday – Friday by Sadie Bailey.

 

What advice would you recommend to young photographers today?

Stop shooting “party” photos on a cheap point & shoot with Agfa 200. Spend your time thinking of projects you want to work on and get motivated to do so.  Then publish it (with us)

 

TO KEEP UP WITH THE WORK OF SADIE BAILEY AND/OR PROJECT UPCOMING, FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW:

Website:  www.sadiebailey.com / www.projectupcoming.com 

Instagram: @sadiebailey / @projectupcoming

 

Furthermore, i’d just like to mention that Project Upcoming formed the Facebook group ‘Print is Not Dead’ to help  zine + photobook makers (as well as appreciate-ors of printed medium) promote and sell their work, as well as it acting as a platform to discuss and share ideas and knowledge of all things zine and photo-book related!

 

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