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. 🙂
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…
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…
I received a few copies in the mail and quickly flipped through the pages…
…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… 🙂
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…
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.
Eric Christopher Jackson