From The Desk Of: Michael Marcelle
Nov 29, 2016
We first met Michael when he came to us to create a book of his photography and folded card mailers, we were instantly taken by his uniquely looming imagery. Through a very successful Kickstarter campaign he is now able to publish his first book, Kokomo! We're very excited for him and the upcoming release with Matte Editions, so we sat down with Mike to learn more. Read more about Kokomo at The New Yorker and Vice.
What’s on your desk?
Some old issues of Fangoria, a bunch of pictures of Marilyn Manson, and a tangerine La Croix
Fill in the blank: "I don't show up at a meeting without _________."
What's on your reading list?
Swim Through the Darkness
I'm a true believer in... / Major skeptic about...
good vibes all around / being negative
Fear conquered... / Not quite there yet...
speaking in public / speaking on camera
My proudest accomplishment is... / The next goal on the horizon is...
Making the photos in Kokomo / Turning it into a book
Subject I won’t shut up about lately... / Subject I avoid...
The election results / The election results
Constantly craving... / Don't see the appeal of...
Guacamole / Coffee
Describe your personal aesthetic in three words:
Hallucinatory, Intense, Technicolor
Describe the creative space at your company:
Lots of special effects and props and mood lighting
What are your design inspirations?
Horror films and ambient music
How does one tap into their creative side?
For me, it goes deep and dark
What’s the motto/life philosophy/advice you live by?
If you get stuck, just make more work
The paper product I can’t live without is ____ and I use it to _____.
My annual mailer - get the word out
Describe a typical day at work:
Have a bunch of weird ideas and photograph them into reality
What is the best professional lesson you’ve ever learned?
Really, just be a nice person
What are the most exciting developments in your industry?
The increasing ubiquity of photography in our lives makes it that much harder to make truly unique images, which I think is a great challenge
How do you start and/or end your day?
Hanging out with my dog George
Tell us about your latest printed project:
I'm currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to publish my first book of photographs called Kokomo
What was the inspiration behind this project?
Family, horror films, and alternate realities
What brought you to Paper Chase Press?
I needed mailers and book dummy, and PCP had the best of both
How often do you use printed goods to promote your business?
I send out a mailer once, maybe twice a year, and of course business cards I use all the time
What's the response like to these printed goods?
The mailers are a hit!
How does this project fit into your design philosophy? Your branding? Your overall objectives?
I try to be as minimal with my "branding" as possible and let the images speak for themselves
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Being able to get as weird as I want
What career moves and/or aspirations brought you to your current role?
Getting an MFA, figuring out exactly what I wanted to say and figuring out how to say it
When do you feel like you’re at your best?
When I'm shooting or at Chipotle
What websites and blogs do you read regularly?
Just a lot of ridiculous instagram memes, especially if they're about Guy Fieri
make your own
Handmade hardcover books starting at $9 each
50 cards for $1.80 per card