IT STARTED OFF AS A CONVERSATION BETWEEN FRIENDS
All of us longing for a print publication that spoke to - and for - us. Soon, our round-the-table-chats became brainstorms, then editorial meetings; notes and sketches became full-fledged features and photographs, eventually morphing into something tangible, something real - Volume #1 of Perfect Bound, a magazine deliberately named to celebrate the printed artefact. We love the smell of printers' ink, the feel of "proper" paper and having something we can read a bit, put down, then pick up again where we left off. Something that, rather than flashing momentarily across a screen, has longevity, and offers an alternative to screen-swiping, saccharine soundbites and 30-second throwaway content; after all, we grew up on well thumbed issues of Life magazine, read - and made - our own fanzines, graduating to NME, The Face, i-D, Rolling Stone and even National Geographic. Our first edition is dedicated to wildness in all it's forms. Wild swimmers captured in remote, ice-cold waters; anti-nuclear activists demonstrating at Greenham Common; fashion inspired by the rawness of Norwegian forests; a Gambian village transformed by urban street art. Whatever your preconception of wildness might be, we urge you to set it aside and explore our wild.
Karena Callen, Editor