Since 1972 Charles Freeman has been a Commercial, Portrait, and most notably (perhaps) a Fine Art Photographer. He was professionally trained at the North Georgia School of Photography in Clarkesville, Georgia from 1973-1974. He has also been a student at Toccoa Falls College School of Photojournalism and Darkroom technique.
Since those beginning years, Charles Freeman has not only photographed countless commercial, wedding and portraits assignments, He has also assembled thousands of negatives, color transparencies, Black & White and Color photographs that depict a changing environment in the “Old South.”
In addition he has many Beautiful landscapes, River scenes, Human Interest Scenes, and just “aesthetic” scenes to warm and stir one’s heart.
Over the years he has had the opportunity to be acquainted with many excellent photographers. Just a few are Ken Moulder, Professor Clarence Wulf, Jonas Jordan, Jason Machen, Richard Stone, & others. A Wonderful thing about photography is the almost endless numbers of great & talented people that one can meet.
Charles Freeman has had various exhibitions, seminars and lectures over the few years. He is available for such ventures and also for exhibitions where possible. In addition his Photographs are for sale to interested Collectors of Photographic Fine Art. Most recently, for the past Two(2) years, Charles Freeman has had the opportunity to exhibit and have his photographs auctioned at the yearly auction/sale sponsored by the famous Houston Center of Photography. His ultimate goal is to help promote photography as a recognized form of art among the masses and to also, preserve photography as a true art form FREE from the encroaching “Digital” darkroom.
While it is true that the simplified methods of “Digital Darkroom” opens many new areas of Art Forms, it is Charles Freeman's belief and sincere desire to see both co-exist alongside each other. It is important to recognize that "Photography is Photography: Art is Art and that Digital Photography is Digital Photography”. There is ample space for all three!
A Confession is in order here: Charles Freeman is and has been learning Digital Printing, PhotoWorkshop and the likes for some time now. It is his desire only to see that the Wet Processing/Darkroom Technique of Photography does not become a thing of the past. What a disservice to all our predecessors if that were to happen. (And how many great images would simply be deleted?)
In the meanwhile Charles Freeman is spending much time trying to educate interested persons about photography and the pleasure of collecting and viewing photographs. He is finding that there are many persons that are interested, but feel that they “could probably never learn” because of the limited availability of photography/ educational teaching institutions in his area and in “most” areas.
As the internet grows, as the digital revolution increases, the easy availability of seeing anyone’s and everyone’s photographs on various websites, All This will create new interests that is hard for the human mind to imagine at present.
Charles Freeman and (hopefully) many or most of his colleagues, plan to grow in knowledge as these tremendous changes occur in photography. Let us pass it on to future, interested generations of photographers for them to enjoy.