The Cover of Journey Magazine
(and a story about a photo)
This photo I took of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is actually one of my favorites. But I was surprised and flattered that it ended up on the cover of Journey Magazine, AAA Washington’s membership travel magazine, reaching over 675,000 members in Washington State, Oregon and Northern Idaho. As usual, I have a story about the photo AND how it ended up on the cover.
One of the things I enjoy about taking photos is telling the story that goes along with it. Especially this one. We were let into the area where the Liberty Bell is located and it was swarming with tourists, as you can imagine. I admit I was mildly disappointed because I felt that would limit my view and chances for a good image. All of a sudden, for absolutely no reason, the horde of people who were surrounding the bell backed away, leaving the bell alone and unobstructed. I stepped forward and composed a photo of the bell when the young girl suddenly walked into my frame and picked her camera up to her face to take a picture. I instinctively and quickly pressed the shutter and captured the scene, looked up in the sky and said, “Thank you.” The crowd of tourists then returned.
One more thing to note is that I made it a black and white image. But I liked the actual blue color of the bell, so I “scraped away” the black and white treatment there to expose the hue. Voilà!
Around the beginning of March, I was notified by SmugMug (an online photo storage space) that one of my photos had been sold. I thought it was strange because I thought I had turned off that option. No big deal, though…it sold for 99 cents (plus tax) somehow. I laughed. But a week or two later, I received an e-mail from the art director at Journey Magazine to explain that they had found the image while searching online and bought it, but were prepared to pay much more if I agreed to their terms which, of course, I did. They explained that the magazine goes out to 675,000 subscribers in the northwest US…a bit more than my usual audience! The only changes they made, with my permission, were the removal of the camera strap and water bottle (compare to the original photo) and a stretching out of the top to facilitate the placement of the text.
Looks good! And it hit the stands today, May 1, 2018.
My thanks to Sue at the magazine. It was a pleasure to work with her and to have my photo chosen to be the cover of Journey Magazine.
I hope they keep me in mind for other travel photos!
By the way, here’s another photo I like from that same trip. Two guys running up the steps as seen in the movie, “Rocky” (72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art) with the skyline of Philadelphia in the background. I’ve got a story about this photo, too, but that will have to wait until another day.
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Stephen M. Levin
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