Picture This

Author: Matt Schnepf
Photography provides creative outlet for this ME grad
Alan Brockman

Visual Thinker: Self-portrait of the photographer, Alan Brockman.

Alan Brockman (BSME ’01, MSME ’08) sees a connection between engineering and photography. For one, both require a substantial amount of spatial reasoning skills. Both also entail fitting together the pieces of a large technical puzzle. When taking photographs, for example, he must control the lighting, camera settings, poses and various photography equipment.

Yet it’s the differences between the two professions that add a welcomed variety to Brockman’s life. “I like photography because it’s different than engineering. It’s an aesthetic creative outlet,” he says. “This allows me to explore a different part of me.”

The owner of Brockman Photography, he spends much of his time photographing people. This includes taking portfolio pictures for models, producing promotional shots for musical bands, as well as taking portraits for such individuals as race car driver Martin Plowman. Shots Brockman took of the Firestone Indy Lights racer are used by Plowman’s management team to position the driver for sponsorships and to build his public identity. “I’m helping to market these people through image,” Brockman notes.

“I like photography because its different than engineering. Its an aesthetic creative outlet.“
– Alan Brockman

The engineer/photographer currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and works in nearby Grass Lake, developing emission control equipment for diesel locomotives. To explore more of Brockman’s photographic talents, visit www.alanbrockman.com.