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Alive Now Magazine | March/April 2017

Alive Now Magazine | March/April 2017

 


Hello,
This month’s issue of Alive Now Magazine marks the end of its publication as the Staff moves towards another venture. I have had the honor of being published in three issues, including the final March/April 2017 issue. They have paired my photographic artwork with the poetry of fellow writers. I think they’ve done a swell job.

It’s been wonderful working with Beth Richardson (Editor), Nancy Terzian (Art Director), and Gina Manskar (Editorial Assistant). When I first began working with them, I wasn’t very good with meeting deadlines as I was so used to working and publishing on my own. Fast forward two years, I’ve made significant progress. πŸ™‚

Alive Now Magazine | March/April 2017

Alive Now Magazine | March/April 2017

 


It’s tricky to have your work published because the image needs to match the content, theme, and style of a particular issue. A scene can be good without fitting into what the Editor and Art Director are looking for. Plus, there’s quite a bit of competition with so many wonderful artists trying to get their work published.

However, when the Call for Submissions went out for this issue, I was used to the process and more familiar with what could fit a particular theme. Because this publication is ending, I submitted the self-portrait above that had the same feeling/mood of an Ending

Alive Now Magazine | March/April 2017

Alive Now Magazine | March/April 2017

 


To my surprise, two scenes made it into the final issue. Gina would always ask for me to include the story behind the scene. What was I thinking when I captured this? I described how it could fit into the issue’s theme and she passed it along to the rest of the team.

Now, I would like to revisit the beginning of this journey to recall the first time I saw my artwork in a printed publication…

Alive Now Magazine | September/October 2015

Alive Now Magazine | September/October 2015

 


I received a few copies in the mail and quickly flipped through the pages…

Alive Now Magazine | September/October 2015

Alive Now Magazine | September/October 2015

 


…Quite a few visitors to my website were complimenting “Soft Wind,” so I decided to submit it for publication hoping the Art Director would like it as well. Thumbs up… πŸ™‚

Alive Now Magazine | November/December 2016

Alive Now Magazine | November/December 2016

 


At first, this issue was a bit difficult to approach. I’ve never been comfortable with photographing complete strangers let alone homeless people. However, I remembered a Photography Series I created about the subject of Isolation. It seemed to fit the Submission Call the best; one scene was approved…

Alive Now Magazine | November/December 2016

Alive Now Magazine | November/December 2016

 


I absolutely love this layout with a quote from Mother Teresa. This is another self-portrait scene. Some people ask me how I captured it. I set up the camera, anticipated where I needed to pose, and used the camera’s 10-second Self-Timer while it was on a tripod. Yes, I have ten seconds to get into position while hoping I’m in focus. Trial & Error. Years of practice. I keep capturing scenes until I get something I like.

Well, that’s our story. The focus moves to having more work published or sold. Yet, it’s good to stop long enough to appreciate these moments when they do arrive.

Happy Wednesday.
Eric Christopher Jackson

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