About the Book
The contains images of city life from a dogs perspective. Overall the book retains a positive and humorous edge even when dealing with the homeless in New York seen from canine Big Al's perspective.
Big Al also known as Alowishus
came into my life like most dogs these
days passed around as a puppy by several
He was given to me by my mother who
had also been given the dog but was moving.
Mom asked me to watch him for her
while she got settled but little did she
know I would not be able to give him back.
I had never had a dog and so I
'hemmed and hawed'
and acted like she was sending me
an intruder back then especially since
space is so limited in New York city.
Looking back I realize, I should have been
thanking the stars for this divine little
creature with the biggest heart and soul
that was coming to change my life for
St. Alowishus was the patron saint of
students and I am sure Big Al lives up
to his namesake because I learn something
new from him everyday!
I created this photo book of him to share
this wonderful character with the world.
Who knows, maybe he will inspire someone
to adopt a dog or at the very least
say ‘yes’ when someone asks them to take
care of one.
Take it from me, the luckiest guy in the world
I create my paintings from my own photographs. They are a combination of my photos handpainted on canvas. My work has a simple message: see the individual through color and light. by doing so, one's individuality can be more fully understood. It is a visual stimulation to remind people to simply look at one another and see through the layers of a complex personality. In our world today fame and pop stardom are sometimes reduced to “5 seconds of fame”. In some respects we can blame (or thank) the mass media for contributing to a jaded social value of “been there, done that”. Regardless, my work is an effort to capture an essence within that fleeting context and place it into a perpetual freezeframe. why can’t a nano-second last forever? - "Olan's pop art explodes off the canvas like fireworks, both contemplating and celebrating the beauty of the individual." - Jennifer Cattaul for MAR Magazine - July-Aug 2006