Gloom is Jacob Haupt‘s homage to growing up, struggling with adulthood and the myths we’ve been told about it, trying to balance the demands masculinity with the deep fragility inherent to us, while remaining jovial and positive and jokey throughout.
It’s simultaneously hilarious and little bit heartbreaking, and I love it.
I’ll keep this brief… in fact, I’ve already said all I care to say about it, more or less. I picked it up thanks to Nathan Pearce (@pearcephoto on Instagram) who mentioned it some months ago, and I’m glad I did. It reads like a comic book, and feels like a comedy somehow, but it’s clearly a melancholic, near tragic story.
To be honest, I didn’t completely get it until I read the blurb at the website. I can be a bit dense and unimaginative.
And I can go on far longer than I intended…
The concept is great, and it’s beautifully shot, and the book is well printed.
Overall, I’d give it a strong 4.5 stars.
Copies remain available at time of writing. I’m not sure if it’s a limited edition or a print on demand thing, so hurry or don’t. It’s a fun little book.