Begin with Ed Freeman

How did you journey begin?

I’ve been taking pictures and making music since I was a kid. Started playing violin at six; got my first camera (a 2 3/4” x 3 3/4” view camera when I was ten. I got into music and art because I was so bad at everything else.

How much of yourself is in your work?

I think any artist’s work is mostly about him or herself. To me, all my pictures look the same, no matter what the subject matter is.

What advice would you give to your teenager self?

Relax. Everything will turn out all right in the end. If it’s not all right now, it’s not the end yet.

How much time you spend planning your shoot from the idea to the final result?

I spend hours, days, weeks planning logistics, but no time at all planning the final image(s). I create a space for creativity to arise, and then whatever happens, happens.

What is something you believe that other people think is insane?

 God exists. God doesn’t exist. I believe both statements are true, and they are not contradictory.

You use water to create the narrative of your photos, what is the meaning behind it?

There’s no meaning in anything I do, other than whatever meaning the observer chooses to impart.

What are your morning rituals?

I have an incredibly complicated, ritualized way of making coffee. Rituals, especially for people who don’t attend church, are very important. They give stability and continuity to life.

What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why?

I used to think America would save the rest of the world. Now I hope the rest of the world will survive America.

What are you currently working on?

I’m shooting black-and-white portraits of homeless people, extreme close-ups of orchids, architectural studies of abandoned buildings, abstract nudes, landscapes, composite faces – why limit yourself to only one subject?

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