Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Magazine.
Alan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After retirement from a career that spanned government, politics and the private sector I was searching for something to do in retirement. My wife, Cynthia, and I travelled from our home in the Washington D. C. area to Arizona. While there we visited the shop of a photographer in Jerome and purchased several of his photos. In the car upon returning, I called the owner and asked if I could spend a few minutes with him. The next day he spent nearly four hours discussing with me what he did and his technique. I indicated that I might like to try it. I waited several months before making the plunge e.g. purchasing a camera etc. I literally had never taken a picture in my life other than those of my kids!
I began taking photos and, what a shocker, people liked them. I’m not the type to take photos and have them sit on my computer, so with great trepidation, I began participating in small art shows. The reaction was startling to me. I then began doing larger shows, set up a website etc. In the east I took photos of ocean, snow, National Monuments, flowers etc. Upon moving to Arizona in 2005 I had to start over again because folks want colorful images of the southwest. I have won a number of awards and participate in about 25 shows per year.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Surprisingly it has been a pretty smooth transition from D.C.policy work to now. In my last job I reported to a board of directors of about 40 CEOs. Now I tell people that I report to a board of one person–my wife–and like it a lot better. And she is a partner in what has become a business.
The road to where I am now has been one of constant innovation. That is, new and different photos and techniques as well as pretty dramatic changes in how I physically show my work.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Alan Magazine Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a mom and pop business. We built an addition to our home to allow me the space to print, ship etc. It has become my personal “man cave”!
We produce images of the southwest (esp. Arizona, Utah) on canvas in different sizes as well as matted photos on specialized photo paper.
Arizona is a much photographed place because of its incredible beauty. When I decide to take a photo there is a pretty good bet that I’m not the first one to shoot in the location. So, I attempt to differentiate my work from others by looking for something special, For example, photos one sees of Cathedral Rock on Oak Creek in Sedona almost always show a reflection of the mountain in the water. One of my best selling photos is of Cathedral Rock with rushing water rather than a reflection.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Doing art shows is a mentally and physically exhausting experience. And between shows there is printing, matting, book keeping shipping etc. I’m not getting any younger, so I’ll probably reduce the number of shows I participate in.
- Canvas Images sizes 24×30 on up….$295 to approx. $750
- Matted images size 11×14 to 24×30 $30 to $95
- Website: AlanMagazinePhotograpy.com
- Phone: (480)684-4667
- Email: Alan.Magazine@gmail.com