"I photograph the world the way I want it to be, not the way it happens to be at any particular moment. Even the greatest of God's creations--and man's--can stand a bit of retouching. Manipulated photography, which is what I do, is a sort of like telling your kids about Santa Claus--sometimes you have to lie about the small stuff in order to convey a far bigger truth."
Freeman's art is both whimsical and insightful, primitive and probing. He takes great delight in elevating the mundane to heights of grandeur. In his desert pictures, he lavishes exorbitant attention on structures that would otherwise be overlooked. In his urban pictures, he shows us commercial buildings the way they would like to be seen; both visions are revelatory and thought-provoking.
Freeman's pictures are photographed conventionally, both digitally and on film. They are then scanned into a computer and massively and meticulously retouched. Almost invariably, the surroundings and skies are cut out and replaced. Doors and windows are moved, colors altered, lighting changed. Prints are done on high end giclee
printers using archival inks on heavy-weight fine art paper.
Ed Freeman worked for twenty-five years as a musician, composer, and record producer before taking up photography full-time twenty years ago. He is entirely self-taught, but insists that every note he ever wrote or played as a musician informs every photograph he has ever taken. "Music goes in the ear, pictures go in the eye. Once they get into the brain, they're identical."
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
one man show, Potsdam, New York, USA, State University, 2009
one man show, Gadsden AL USA, Hardin Center for the Arts, 2010
one man show, Odessa, TX USA, Ellen Noel Museum, 2010
one man show, Northridge CA USA, California State University, 2006
group show, Palm Springs CA USA, Palm Springs Desert Museum, 2006
Permanent Collection, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs CA USA, 2006
Permanent Collection, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain CN USA, 2008
Permanent Collection, Oxnard Museum of Art, Oxnard CA USA, 2008