The Photobook Advent Calendar – 1st Dec

This year, in the true spirit of Christmas, we’re doing the Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar where we’ll look at a different photobook, newspaper, magazine or ‘zine we like by someone we’ve worked with in the last 12 months, right up until Christmas Day.

Day 1 – December 1st

Jocelyn Allen – Reality of Youth Going Backwards in Vain

We’ve been lucky enough to work with Jocelyn a few times this year, including at the launch for our Publication#2 back in August, The Miniclick Response Exhibition and the Paper Fair we did in November.


“Reality of Youth…” is Jocelyn’s first book and is a double whammy for us as it includes an essay from Joanna L Cresswell who we’ve worked with a number of times as well.

“The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard said that life begins and ends with the individual. During a phase where I could not think of anything other than the meaning of life, I thought that a person’s existence is generally made up of seven major stages. Reality of Youth Going Backwards in Vain visualises this concept and my own potential past, present and future by making myself the protagonist within the photographs. By following the colours of the rainbow and a numerical pattern, this signifies the importance of the number seven within this theory and my own personal connection with it.”

The work itself is fascinating. In each image, Jocelyn is joined in the frame by her fellow subjects but is very much the protagonist, each time being the only figure facing the camera and each time dressed in a different colour of the rainbow. As you work your way through the book, your dragged further in to Jocelyn’s examination of the seven stages of her life in what manages to be very personal but with just the right amount of humour in it.

The book is designed by Stuart Smith and put together really nicely by EBS. The images are interrupted by solid blocks of colour, matching the colour of Jocelyn’s outfits. As always, Joanna’s essay is a perfect compliment.

The book comes in 7 different colours, in an edition of 700, costs £15 and is published by Nylecoj Editions. You can grab a copy here.

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