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A Heartfelt Retraction


       So. This is awkward.

       I’ve left my mother’s house, and ended up at my friends’ apartment. The moment was exhausting, but…there was no bitterness to it, no sadness. But more importantly, I’m still here in the Atlanta area for the time being. I’m trying to figure out a way to keep myself here because this arrangement is temporary. I’m not ready to give Atlanta up just yet.

      I guess it’s a little late to announce that I’m going to Momocon! (Insert awkward thumbs up here.) I would have announced that on this blog earlier, but up until 5 minutes ago….there was not blog….because there was no site. All my money went into moving and I had to let the subscription go. But thankfully, I’m booking shoots now, and I was able to get my site up just in time for convention.

      I have to thank my friend who pulled some strings and managed to get me a badge out of the kindness of her heart. I wouldn’t be going were it not for her. Since I’m thanking people, I’m going to do an awkward thank you for a lovely woman whose help was invaluable to saving everything I could. Whenever I do get my own place, their mark will be all over it now.

       Now all that there’s left to do is to stop beating myself up for needing help and not having all the answers at 28. Even if I didn’t dedicate my life to taking care of mom and dad, chances are, I still wouldn’t have figured life out by now. And there is no one on Earth who made it without help. So I’m going to stop apologizing for having needed it during the worst series of moments of my life.

       And after that? Momocon! I’m eager to shoot with you all again, and put together the best book I can make. I’m not going to sit here and wonder if this is my last convention, because each time I thought I was out, I found myself still here, still surviving, still ready. So I’m just gonna shoot for being the best photographer I can be.

       Momocon 2019. Let’s do it.


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A Heartfelt Goodbye


 Well, here’s the news I wish I didn’t have to give.

As some of you know, I’ve been a caretaker to my mother for a few years. She applied for a reverse mortgage a few years back in order to make ends meet and to help me out of an unfortunate situation. Back in September, mom passed, and the balance became due. But, in contrary to what we thought, I could not pay the loan back in installments after her death. From that moment on, my home was headed for foreclosure.

Today, that foreclosure completed. I’ve been given some time to vacate and find somewhere else to stay.

Unfortunately, my personal situation doesn’t afford me many options, and the only option I have open to me is to return to Ohio.

It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that I’m leaving the Atlanta area.

I thank you for the past couple of years of learning, and imagery. I love you for showing me a part of this city and this culture that I adore with all my heart. And I’m sorry that I couldn’t do more to contribute to this community.

You are all, in your own way, major inspirations, and losing you is unbearable. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I know that it will pale in comparison to you all.


God bless you,

Allen.



From “Prohibitively Expensive” to “Fairly Priced…”

Good News, everyone.
As some of you may know, I made and released photobooks featuring my photos of you: the cosplay community of the southeast, and beyond. These books were made in Lightroom and sent to Blurb.com for printing. Though this resulted in beautiful photobooks, the prices ($56 at the minimum, with all profit to me being waived to get the price that low) weren’t viable for most people. Because I’m still an unknown in this community and this city, and because of these prices, neither book sold a single copy to anyone other than my mother–God bless her soul. So this bothered me for some time, because I made the books for the community that was featured so prominently in them, and nobody had a fair, cost-effective way to get their hands on them.
Until now.
I recently did some research on Blurb.com’s other items and found a reasonable product in their Trade Books: a beautifully crafted softcover book with glossy paper as a standard that would print for a reasonable price without sacrifice of quality. So, I spent time editing the books for the reprint, and now they are available for $20 (plus tax and shipping).
I’m pleased: if someone were to come across these books at an Artist Alley booth, this would be the price I would list them as. It’s fair and reflective of what I have to offer: a piece of memorabilia featuring this community that I love so much.
I hope I’ve done right by you and I hope this makes obtaining a physical copy of these books a little easier.

–Allen
ADouglass.Media | Anime Weekend Atlanta 2018 (Trade Book)
ADouglass.Media | Momocon 2018 (Trade Book) 

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