There was a time when the cover of GayCalgary Magazine regularly featured fun, creative, and sometimes even sexy photo shoots with local Albertans. In recent times however, big name celebrities like Madonna, Cher, and Lady Gaga have stolen the spotlight.
Can you blame us? Pragmatically speaking, as a magazine we need to put our biggest highlights up front and centre so that we make a splash. In our industry, people often do judge a book by its cover - at least until they get to know us a little better. Unfortunately this makes it hard for us to devote the cover to local people as we used to.
Nevertheless, we miss the old grassroots days when we would do the photography ourselves. It was a chance to get the creative juices flowing – deciding on a concept, gathering clothing and props, finding a setting, working with our subjects to capture some truly striking photos, and then fine tuning to get the images just right. We also miss hearing the fun stories from the people we photograph, who are surprised and excited about the wave of attention that the publicity brings them.
That’s why we are excited to announce a new monthly photo feature that will help us return to those roots: Mr & Ms GayCalgary, brought to you exclusively by GayCalgary Magazine. The feature will highlight LGBT Albertans, giving us and our readers a chance to get up close and personal with a single individual each month. Those photographed will be given the title of Mr GayCalgary or Ms GayCalgary for the month that they appear.