"Fried Brains" - a zine by Ben Gore
I recently was lucky to get my hands on this little zine composed of gritty black&white photographs. Inside, there are images of street signs, of graffiti on walls, of people in a crowd, all coming together visually, united by the common theme of youth.
There is that particular moment in coming of age of every person, one where they are not an adult just yet, but they realize that they are very well on their way to be one, and it is often a terrifying thought to have. “Fried Brains” feels like an insight into that transitory moment, depicting moments of everyday life; the images featured are of friends hanging out, or of street details captured when doing that. The zine reads as a well-kept visual diary.
A particular favourite that, to me, sums up the whole thing is a photograph of text on a t-shirt: “I could have been someone,” placed next to a page of a man with a skateboard, his identity hidden by the shadows.
In short, absolutely love it, and thrilled to have it in my collection now. Check out more of Ben’s work in the feature he has on Pudge here, or by following the links below.