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Daily Inspiration: Meet Neil A Miller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Neil A Miller.

Hi Neil, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My story is about a community of people interested in creative photography. These people formed the Arizona Photography Alliance after the Phoenix Art Museum made policy changes that caused Infocus its photography support group to shut down. It was immediately apparent to those involved with Infocus that they needed to continue to have group events and other photography related activities. It was actually a breath of fresh air to be able to create a non-profit organization with its own goals not restricted by an umbrella organization. The Arizona Photography Alliance is now in its third year and has increased its membership to over 100 people. Our mission includes developing photographic programs and exhibitions that benefit our members as photographers, collectors and photo enthusiasts. It is an open group interested in the many ways creative photography can be appreciated.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As president of the new organization it was a challenge to pull together all the legal requirements to form the 501(c)3. My background was in television news and teaching. To cover the IRS needs I was able get support from other members of our organization. The process was quite involved and took longer than expected but when the approval come through all those issues were forgotten.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
For many years photographing people on the street has been a dominant interest of mine. The challenge is to capture unplanned moments of time and present them in a way that appears controlled. This keeps me wondering what I will find next. Work can be approached in a variety of ways. One option is format selection and a favorite choice for expression is working with a square. This became popular many years ago with the twin lens reflex camera. I have worked with the square format since the early 1960’s. There is a certain “Rolleiflex” look that captures completeness in an image. The black and white results can be a statement that contains a vintage feel during a modern age.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I find advice in many places. The key is to just ask.

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