Ed's Imagery Photographic Services
Welcome To Ed's Imagery
Professional Photographic Services and Artist's Gallery
Thank you for visiting Ed's Imagery web site where you will find an exhibition of my photographic imagery and a menu of services I provide. My objective is to not only display my artistry, but to inspire the viewer to create and to explore the possibilities of expression that have exploded in the digital age. Many proclaimed the end of traditional film photography and the obsolescence of career photographers. Film photography is not quite extinct. Granted it is no longer a part of every home, and has often been replaced with the phone-camera or the inexpensive point and shoot digital. Now, an unskilled photographer can see his failings immediately and correct them rather than be disappointed after having his film developed. The artist with a camera too has the advantage of being able to make adjustments to his composition on the spot, and wild ideas no longer cost him in film and processing. The power of software designed expressly for photo manipulation is utterly amazing. Flawed photos can usually be fixed and functions that previously required an artist with a pen or brush are now within reach of those who could not draw a circle on a piece of paper. My objective is not to impress anyone with what I do, but to inspire those with graphic ideas to make them a reality.
Please view my Art Galleries for a glimpse of my creative side expressed with my camera, helpful models and Adobe Photoshop. The quality of art is subjective and my tastes are varied much like anyone. I have been influenced by the era in which I grew up. I watched with great relish the classic films of Golden Hollywood and the stars greatly impacted my view of beauty. The great photographers employed by the studios such as George Hurrell and C.S. Bull had a tremendous affect upon my use of light and shadows.This is evident in many of my portraits of Melissa (with blonde hair) and of Jessica J. See their personal galleries under " Portraits". (You will also find a small gallery of Ashley Pridgon, also known as the Phoenix Beauty and the "Snorg Tee-shirt" girl. My photos display that wonderful face rather than the large chest.)
The music album covers I was exposed to and sometimes bought were a wonderful outlet for creative artists and they too manifest an influence on my own art. The innovative works of the 1960s "Pop" artists with sometimes surreal and often abstract interpretations of the world were absorbed by me more by subconscious means and though I rejected cubism and nihilistic art in the galleries, I admit to spending many hours in The National gallery of Art contemplating all I saw. Sometimes my work was planned and then executed like the image titled "Mask off" and other times the inspiration of the moment seemed to lead an image to compose it's self and I had only to photograph it. More often than not the finished image was a result of time spent in front of my computer developing my ideas over the course of hours or sometimes days. I have a deep appreciation for the girls who modeled for me, attempting to interpret my ideas and directives. Some liked the finished images and others just dismissed my projects as a minor eccentricity. In the end I am proud of what I have created and I hope the visitor to this site enjoys my work. Another Gallery but fewer Girls. Gallery 2
As a child, my sisters and the neighborhood children would often act out scenes from movies or television shows we had recently viewed. It was more role playing than any attempt at acting, much like playing cowboys and Indians or "Army". Children look forward to Halloween when one time out of the year they can dress up and play the character from a movie, comic book or video game. We never out grow the enjoyment of dressing up and I observed the fun my models had when choosing costumes and props for the photo shoots. Often these sessions magically transformed the girl into an alter ego character, unrecognizable to her day to day friends and family.
I am still in awe of the "Bloodrayne" inspired shoot I did with Melissa. She seemed to take on the persona of the character, presenting a dangerously alluring, sexy and frightening heroine.
Month's later we teamed up again for a shoot inspired by the first "Underworld" movie. She was once more in the role of a vampire, only this time in more leather and brandishing twin Beretta 9mm hand guns in place of those massive swords. We captured the ominous feel of the movie in the few sets I used and though there was no real purpose behind the shoot we had great fun. Again Melissa fell into character and was quite believable reliving the opening bell tower scene, the subway/hallway shoot-out and the room in the mansion lair. I captured an intense look in her eyes that made me believe she was making vital decisions and again fighting a formidable foe.
If this site is a summation of the last 16 years of my journey through life with a lens in front of my eye, it must begin with one person. Be sure to visit "The Face that launched a Thousand Photographs" Jessica Williams.
I have a tendency to ignore this web site but it's initial concept was not to be yet another blog or 'Face Book' style page. As of this writing it is 2017 and I have added some recent photos and made minor changes but have not removed any photos because of their age.
I spend a great deal of time and effort restoring old photos however my passion remains portraiture. I enjoy capturing the real person in a serious portrait. I despise portraits that use the same pose at the same angle with the same light and same expression. I attempt to get to know my subject. I observe how they naturally smile as opposed to a forced, plastic expression and as a result my customers are all very pleased with the results. A good photo can make a world of difference on a business card, flyer or even on a web page. A photographer is a person with a vision capable of composing an image and not merely the one who pushes the button on a camera.
Take your time and enjoy the photos. Feel free to contact me with questions, requests for work or for permission to use any photos I own the rights to. The email is simply Ed@Edsimagery.com
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If you like what you see on my site and have a project in mind you would like me to consider please email me at Ed@Edsimagery.com
Some of the most difficult photos to take are in the field of sports journalism. I am by no means a sports fan so I have never been hired to document a game or sporting event of any type. I was a school newspaper photographer so I did experience the stress of photographing basketball games. Near to the difficulty of capturing elusive moments in a game is that of documenting a wedding. A wedding needs to be well planned and choreographed and usually even at its most scripted moments there are frequently unforeseen moments that require a photographer to everywhere at once and with his finger on the shutter release. Many things can happen that are a once in a lifetime occurance and the photographer has to be ready - much like in sports. I have photographed weddings under both ideal and frantic conditions and managed to get good results. As the couple finally leave after the reception I am usually more exhausted than either they or the parents. Weddings are also private and emotional and as a result I do not publish or post photos from the weddings I shoot. There are traditional poses and moments that are expected, but I attempt to go beyond the usual and provide special moments from the event. I am also an expert at Adobe Photoshop that editing the photos afterward can be fun for me and entertaining for the client. For example; a candid shot of one bride inspired me to transform her beautiful countenance into an angelic form. It is a very small matter to place the faces of the bride and groom onto the plastic figures on top of the cake or into the surface of a wedding ring. A beach photo can easily have clouds or dolphins in the shape of a heart. My only limitations are the extent of my imagination. My strong point is photographing women and so brides and bridesmaids tend to dominate my attention.
----------Music has been a big part of my life since I first sang childhood songs and learned to love the hymns at Church.I have taken photos at major concerts and again at minor local performances and enjoyed it either way. I have been in several bands that performed in clubs or at events and was always at a loss to find someone to take photos while I was onstage. I have recently been photographing a local duet at their shows and decided to post some of those photos here on my web site. I also decided to post some old photos and sound files of one of my personal bands "The Misfit Toys". This was mostly for the nostalgic fun of it. Again, when I was onstage I could not photograph the band, but the promotional photos were strictly my composition and execution. The majority of the photographs of bands for the past 50 years seems to look nearly alike. I am speaking of the group shot used on flyers and in ads. Generally the entire band is squeezed into the shot with at least one person making a grimmace to look 'cool'. In a stack of band photos many are indistinguishable from each other. I believe the photos I take not only stand out from the rest, but are memorable long after being viewed.
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Itis great to have something to divert my atention from every day life. I have become a fan of a fledgling band comprised of two young women of enormous talent. They are currently going by the name of "Gemini Band" although there are a number of other bands using that moniker. As a rule I dislike local and 'small time bands' , especially cover bands so it took a lot of effort on my part to even go to see them perform. Too many people believe the movies and television shows where a beginning band makes it big - usually without much work. Somehow audiences pour out of the wood work and a band with 'heart' as well as talent gains popularity on a huge scale and the jobs as well as the money come pouring in. Reality is nothing like that. I can be cynical in many areas of life, but my personal experience in the music business is where a part of my cynicism comes from here. All to often success is a matter of who you encounter that believes they can make money off of you and not how good you are.
I certainly hesitated to even watch an online video of these two girls despite recomendations. When I finally did, it was of a song called "Habits" that I was unfamiliar with. It was recorded on a cell phone at an outdoor festival in Cape Canaveral and not exactly in front of an audience. People seemed to be walking past much like they were street musicians. My first impression was one of just a couple of cute girls with acoustic guitars. As the song began I found myself actually listening to the voices rather than working up a critique. I was captivated. The blending of the voices was not something I was prepared for. The harmonizing was not only a taste of perfection but there was a way the voices merged, re-enforcing and complimenting each other that left me spell bound. There is an expression in music where a person or band "owns" a song and these two certainly own "Habits". Long after the video ended I could still hear them in my head and it gnawed at me, wanting to hear more. Their musicianship was certainly excellent and both girls easily finger chords and lead runs in all their songs but those voices reach deep inside of me and leave me beguiled. I have been a longtime fan of good vocal harmonies beginning with the amazing vocal work of Lennon and McCartney and on into groups like 'The Hollies', Byrds and 'Crosby, Stills and Nash'. Usually vocal harmonies simply 'work' to re-enforce the lead vocal, but of and by themselves it is not the harmonizing that makes the song. The 1980s saw the formation of a terrific band called "Gene Loves Jezebel" whose primary vocals were comprised of twin brothers from Wales. At times it was like hearing a person harmonize with themself live. Another stand out vocalist who did amazing things harmonizing with herself was the often overlooked "Kirsty MacColl" a brilliant songwriter and singer from the U.K. Kirsty would often layer many vocal harmonies on top of each other creating a sort of vocal symphony. Her early recordings are often difficult to find but well worth the price. She was only a teen when she penned a song that became a hit for young Tracy Ullman called "They don't Know about Us". There were many fantastic songs written and performed by Kirsty and I like to think of the possibilities if Gemini were to discover her work.
The Gemini song list is an odd choice of old 'pop' songs, some dusty country hits, a few standards with a few more modern tunes. Most would not be of my choosing, but the arrangements generally showcase those fine vocals. The girls are both pretty, pleasing to the eye but one would generally walk past them on the sidewalk and not look back. They do nothing sensational while playing and there is no 'stage act' or witty banter to entertain. Their stage presence is sincere and they appear to honestly enjoy singing and playing these songs. With aggressive management to direct and promote them I believe these two have the potential to go far in music and I'd like to say I was a fan from near the beginning. As a result of my first impression I intended to attend each performance in my area. The first show I attended was at a restaurant where the band was set up near the entrance and subjugated to the flow of a dinner crowd entering and staring at them in the Florida 'slack-jawed', dumb founded expression that is so popular here. The majority of the crowd totally ignored them, struggling to talk and laugh louder than the band was playing. Although frequently annoyed by the people there, I still managed to glean a wonderful experience watching while listening. I had brought my favorite camera and with the permission of their personal representative took a number of photos without flash. Unfortunately they had no specific lighting where they played. My camera does a wonderful job of compensating for low light by slowing down the shutter speed and opening up the lens to let in more available light. The problem then is that the subject must remain fairly motionless and these girls both move continually. Still I managed several very nice shots and sent these to their representative who immediately posted them on Face Book. The second time I saw them it was unfortunately at the same venue but I came prepared with a programmable flash on a camera frame with an extension arm. This would allow me to use flash without blinding them or giving the appearance of deer in headlights. They did not really understand how to take me. A middle aged man running around taking photos of people he doesn't know is always suspect. Once more their vocals at this show left me speechless. I can't help but think if they wrote their own material it would be a showcase for their vocals and they would be an inspiration for girls to emulate most everywhere. At this point they lack promotion by the venues they play, but again it is difficult to promote a cover band without a defined genre. Their eye appeal may help and possibly my photos can assist in that direction. I don't wish to pass over their outstanding musicianship. Both members are multitalented and show a mastery of the guitar in addition to keyboards, mouth harp and probably anything else they choose to pick up. Despite the sometimes apathetic audience - keeping in mind this is Central Florida - they put on a wonderful performance no matter the number in the audience or the level of applause. I certainly tell everyone I encounter to check out their Face Book page and look for the "Habits" video far down the page. They certainly out perform the original version of the song easily found on "Youtube". "Gemini" though not a unique name is a unique collaboration. I wish them great success without the negative affects that so often ruin people who make music.
Please visit their Face Book page to hear and see them on video as well as to view my photos and those of others.
A brief explaination. These sound files have no direct part of Ed's Imagery Photography, however it was a portion of my life and I was asked to share a few tracks from the band. The band was a joint project by me and my then wife Elizabeth. We were joined by Dennis Kapoyos on guitar and later by our sound engineer who took over drums; Mike Adams. Elizabeth wrote all of her magnificent, spirit touching lyrics. In addition to singing and fronting the band she played keyboards, percussion and castanettes. Dennis composed his guitar parts and played all guitars in the recordings. I introduced song ideas to which each member adapted their style and often wrote an appropriate part. Mike's drumming was the perfect match to Dennis' often textural style of guitar and my unconventional bass playing. It was a wonderful mix of different styles and different tastes melting into a distinctive sound. A blend of pop and Gothic with a rock foundation. The non-studio tracks presented here are not the best quality, but that should be expected. I recorded almost every rehersal, and that was generally four times a week. I also recorded every live show from the very first opener in Georgetown, to the larger venues and our many out of state concerts.Good music and a lot of talent. We were not a 'club band' in the true sense; we were a concert band. We didn't 'perform' or play, we gave a concert. Often the audience was dazzled by our unique approach. "Bells will ring" features Elizabeth playing castanets while "Lost then Found" featured Mike using mallets instead of drum sticks for a hypnotic pattern. He sometimes used a gong to great affect. Elizabeth would also switch between playing percussion on 'Roto-toms, wood blocks, cabassa, tambourine, cow bell and her keyboards or even a glockenspiel'. She kept busy! One club owner lamented that when we played no one in house moved as every eye and ear was upon us. That was great for us, but killed his sale of beer and drinks. The black and white photos I have posted are the work of my hands. I took many rolls of film for promotiional use and some appeared in fliers or in the newspaper. I no longer have the tear sheets, but my photos appeared in the Washington Post, the Village Voice and the Pittsburgh Press among others. As our music evolved so did our appearance as evidenced by these photos. The color photos are actually screenshots from a television appearance aired in 1989 and from some videotape of early shows. Misfit Toys defied pigeon hole catagorizing. We lived under the shadow of the 'pop' sound of "Blondie" but carried a dark edge inspired by bands such as "Siouxsie and the Banshees" and the "Cure". Still we were a rock band and could stand with the best of our peers when it came to writing or performing. Our self released 12" Singled charted across the country, though mainly on college radio and independant 'progressive' stations. In addition to requests for more material and to perform across the country, we garnered interest from several important record labels. Unfortunately this occurred at the time when our guitartist left to pursue other interests.
Misfit Toys Studio Tracks in Mp3 format
Tell Me Why
Stop and Fade Away
Stop and Fade Away -Live Version
This Side of Paradise -Live Rehersal
Dark House Recorded Live
Bells will Ring -Live
Break it in Two -Live Rehearsal
*Video Footage of the "Misfit Toys" . Click on my comments to read my notes on the particular video.
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