November 24th, 2010

andrew potter

Ed Freeman: I.T. Dramatic Scenes

Ed Freeman's early career was all about music; first in New York, where he was a road manager on the last Beatles' tour, played guitar on dozens of pop recordings and worked as an arranger and producer with Carly Simon, Cher and Don McLean (American Pie) among others.

Living in Los Angeles now and working as photographer, he creates commercial and fine art images that have been featured in hundred of publications. Two books of his work have been published. His architectural series - Desert Realty and Urban Realty - are the subject of touring museum shows.

He travels the world taking pictures, teaches Photoshop at Santa Monica College, still plays piano, is fighting a losing battle to learn Mandarin Chinese and swears mightly that he will write the Great American Symphony someday - whenever he gets some spare time.

Don't hold your breath.

His motifs are for the most part nudes and landscapes that he often turns into dramatic scenes with the help of computer technology. In doing so he has described an incredibly expressive photographic language. His works have been published in countless magazines and anthologies.

Solo Books:

Work (Bruno Gmunder, Germany, 2000)
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh; illustrated edition edition (September 30, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3861878844
ISBN-13: 978-3861878841
Amazon: Work

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Presenting Athletic Beauty! Ed Freeman’s male nudes celebrate the athletic beauty of men’s bodies. But Freeman is also a master of classic solo and couples portraits – with consummate lighting they present intense moments full of power, eroticism and even tenderness. Since his models are also unique masculine beauties, you should not miss out on this complex erotic masterpiece. Ed Freeman himself is an absolute multi-talent. After working for 25 years as musician and producer he decided to focus his energies on photography. His motifs are for the most part nudes and landscapes that he often turns into dramatic scenes with the help of computer technology. In doing so he has described an incredibly expressive photographic language. His works have been published in countless magazines and anthologies. "Work" is his first solo publication, which is now available in a soft-cover edition.

Desert Realty (LA Times Books 2003, Chronicle Books 2007)
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (June 7, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0811858235
ISBN-13: 978-0811858236
Amazon: Desert Realty

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The California desert as you've never seen it before and never will. This is Desert Realty, a stunning collection of surreal photographs. Glorifying ordinary structures and subverting the conventions of traditional landscape photography through digital manipulation, Freeman gleefully guides us through a dreamscape of palm trees and lurid skies, bringing the desert and its humble architecture into focus. In the vanguard of acclaimed photographers using digital techniques to express their artistic vision, Freeman also includes concise explanations of how the photos were created making Desert Realty a veritable primer on digital image manipulation and an inimitable addition to the history of Western landscape photography.

More Photographers at my website:, My Ramblings/Art

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Inestimable Blessings by Amanda Young

As expected by a story with a baby in it, Inestimable Blessings can give you the baby cuties, so if you don’t like to ohh and ahh on toddler, you will probably not understand Lee Calder’s desire to be a father at any cost (and with the bills for a surrogate mother that is a saying).

Lee Calder is an average handsome, average wealthy, average old gay guy. An adopted child with the bad luck to loose his foster parents when he was still young, he developed a desire to be a father; due to his loose ends, the desires to be a biological father is even stronger and since Mr. Right is not around, Lee decides to use his mother’s inheritance to hire a surrogate mother. Of course as soon as he has done that, Mr Right pops up out right next door, in the guise of his new very handsome neighboor.

This is a romance, and of course it follows all the romance rules: Mr Hunk next door is of course gay and free and he is more than willing to start a long-term relationship with Lee. Problem is, Finn is also a muscle car mechanic, more the beer than milk type, and a new baby in arrive is probably not a good surprise for him. Lee enjoys some weeks of bliss, but then he has to find the courage to confess to Finn that Lee will be soon a single dad.

While Lee has his originality, and maybe weakness, in being a man that doesn’t accept to be lonely (it’s also probably an aftercome from his own experience), I liked also the contrast of Finn; apparently he is not a family man, but I think that he is exactly that: even if young and still in the age range to play the field, Finn prefers an exclusive relationship and a steady lifestyle; he has an home, family ties, even a puppy.

Yes, puppies, babies, sweet and romance… definitely this is a novel for the romantic heart; maybe not so realistic, with little contrast and contraposition, but nice.

Amazon: Inestimable Blessings

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Of One Mind by Elizabeth L. Brooks

This is an odd but nice novella; in a futuristic, and apocalyptic world, nothing is changed and everything is. Your ordinary life is the same, school, work, cars, homes, friends only that, for once, the riches are richer and the poors are poorer and there is no more free will at love. Better to explain: at some point, at the end of what is called Blind Ages (that basically are the current times), people realized they were able to read the mind of other people; the bond was even stronger if the person in front of you was your mate, and so people stopped to marry for all the wrong reason, but they stopped also to marry for true love. If you mated with someone who was not your chosen soulmate, after sometime you simply snapped, basically your mind was lost. So people had two choice: or be lucky enough to find their soulmate, or living chaste for the rest of their life (or having meaningless sex, that could be an option).

Of course, if you had money, you could pay the priests, special talented human who were able to find your mate, wherever he/she was. Being a priest was quite a lucrative job since everyone was willing to pay them, other the few men or women that still believe in true love and the power of it. Jereth is one of them, he wanted to find his mate trough the slow search, that is basically the old way, without telepathic help from the priests. But he spent the last 15 years trying and now he is almost at the end of his patience limit. When he finally decides that yes, he will pay a priest, the answer is not satysfying: his mate is a man (and he has never thought about that possibility) and he is living in the worst part of the city, almost a ghetto where neither police wants to enter.

This is basically a Prince Charming theme in futuristic setting: Caris, the cinderfella of the story, is sweet and cute, and very young, or at least younger than Jereth; he is waiting like a sleeping beauty for her Prince to come to his rescue, but in the meantime, he had a lover. In a old fashioned world, probably Ramie, Caris’ lover, would have been also his mate, he is kind and generous, even if maybe a little too old for Caris (he is even older than Jereth). But in this situation he will play the role of the martyr, handing down Caris to Jereth, more, almost imploring Jereth to take Caris with him. It’s strange, I like so and so Caris and Jereth, but I really like Ramie, and was pretty upset to not have an happily ever after for him.

That this probably what prevented this story to be too much sugary: in a normal situation, all the soulmate finds pretty and young soulmate in need of protector and he rescues him like a knight in shining armor, is at risk of being labelled as “too romance like”; but the setting of the story is cold, detached, all this you have to find your mate otherwise you will unhappy forever or you will risk to go mad, you will live only as long as your mate will live, it was really a stop to the sugar flow. Even when Jereth brings Caris in his world, in his safe and clean world, it felt sterile and unwelcoming, and it didn’t surprise me that Caris was not so happy at the beginning.

Amazon Kindle: Of One Mind

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