Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Snapshots By Mark Hamer Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Mark Hamer

Published By Oni Press

Genre
Art, Photography, Comedy

Synopsis

Double Fine Productions and Oni Press present to you, "Snapshots," a collection of "remastered" photographs (and the stories behind them) brought to you by animator, artist extraordinaire, and Art Director at Double Fine Productions, Mark Hamer.

This book collects the first 180 pieces Mark created over the years in a lovely little format.

It features the whimsical, the tragic, and the humorous all wrapped in a layer of nostalgic imitation photographs.

Review

I wasn't all that sure what to expect when I picked up this book to read for this site and to be honest, I still don't really know what it was meant to be about.

This book of photographs by Mark Hamer, along with some 'whimsical' comments written on  them, is one of those sorts of books that you buy because it looks funny but then it outstays it's welcome.

That's the case here.  At first some of the early comments are actually quite funny and they go well with the manipulated pictures here.  The pictures have been made to look vintage, along with the general look of the book as well, and yet it just comes across as a bit of a mess.  At times, it even comes across as a bit of a waste of time.

It's a bit like watching a movie and then thinking 'what the hell did I just watch?' when the ending credits roll.  This is the book equivalent of that.

Don't get me wrong, the book has some clever ideas behind it and I even like the idea behind it yet it just doesn't work for me.  If anything, it was a bit of a disappointment even with me not knowing what to expect from it.

To be honest, I would give this a miss.  It's a bit of a nothing book if I'm honest with you guys and girls.  The best way to describe the book would be that it's the sort of book that you would get a friend as a bit of a joke gift when you don't know what to get them for their birthday or for Christmas.  One the plus side, it at least looks good.

Presentation 3/5
Informative 1/5
Recommended 1/5
Overall 5/15

'Snapshots' By Mark Hamer is available to buy October 16th 2013

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