I am Director of design @ PlainJoe Studios in Southern California. Back in March '08 I decided to pick up the studios DSLR and I've been hooked ever since.!

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    drshrinker (catching up) says:

    "Not only does Ed do everything - portraits, products, landscapes, strobism - he does each thing like it's the only thing he's done for decades, all with a personal stamp that is unmistakable. His technical prowess, eye for detail, sense of color, and knack for capturing people, places, and things at their best are astonishing... and not a little enviable. And the fact that he's only been doing this for a few years? Icing on the cupcake (or salt in the wound, depending on your disposition). It's crazy how one can master one's craft in such a relatively short period of time.

    When I met Ed, I was half-expecting a shiny robe and pointy hat with stars and moons all over them. Maybe he's just one of those plain-clothes magicians, those ninja necromancers. That'd be cooler, anyway."

    April 11th, 2011

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    Tomasito.! says:

    "I find it hard to describe a person you have so much respect for, and that is just exactly what Ed is in my book ☺ If you examine his style of photography, you are like reviewing a manual which might as well be entitled “How to do things perfectly”. He is one of the few photographers I know who truly uses the foundations and rules of our craft with strict measures – composition, light and an endless eye for beauty – and almost always end up with a photograph to be admired. His gallery is of people, landscapes, shapes, toys, advertisements, sunshines and yes – coffins – and they are all unbelievably beautiful ☺ To this day, he stands as one of my influences to strive to do better in my craft ☺ maraming salamat, ed ☺"

    March 10th, 2010

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    aback account says:

    "Ed was an early inspiration to me and has influenced my photography and gear choices greatly. His ability to catch a great moment in the most common of places is exceptional and paired with his wicked photoshop skills, the sky is the limit. I know his photography will continue to grow and I hope to be able to witness it."

    January 20th, 2010

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    Vetuv says:

    "Turns out I already had wrote a testimonial for Ed. Well, now that his 365 is over I will update my thoughts. His 2009 project like everyone commented on during the process turned out great. It even inspired me to start my own. I hope to grow as much this year as he did last as a photographer. Ill look forward to seeing his new photos. Unfortunately, It won't be everyday."

    January 1st, 2010

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    aback account says:

    "Ed is one of the most talented photographers in flickr. He has an amazing eye on wide angles composition and an unique color treatment technique.
    His project 365 is one of the most followed because of his fantastic variety in subjects, richness in its elements, colors and professionalism.

    You're now a Legend Mr. McGowan."

    November 1st, 2009

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    Jeniee says:

    "What can you say about Ed that hasn’t been said already? He’s one of the most talented photographers you will ever come across. Not only is he great at snapping a photo, but he has mastered the art of processing a photo as well. He uses his skills to bring out the best detail that you may not have even picked up on before seeing it through his eyes. Not only that, but he’s generous, he has taken the time to even take on someone else’s photo and bring it to life! Ed has mastered many genres of photography; you really never know what’s to come next in his stream. You gotta love that! He’s creative, brilliant, and INSPIRING. It’s quite clear that he has a passion for his “new found” talent and will continue to blow our minds with his work for many years to come."

    November 2nd, 2009

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    mischiru says:

    "I don't need to tell you how talented Ed is, just take a look at his photostream. The thing I love most about his pictures is his fantastic use of colors and lighting, not to mention his mad post processing skillz. His creativity and the diversity of his subjects are almost unique on flickr. It's fair to say that I can't go a day without seeing his new picture!"

    September 25th, 2009

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    Austrian Alex says:

    "Ed is an amazing photographer who brings life to everyday situations and subjects through his creativity and deep understanding of photography and the digital darkroom. Following his 365 has become a slight addiction of mine and I'm looking forward to seeing his latest uploads every day. Please keep them coming Ed, you are a huge inspiration!"

    September 15th, 2009

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    @_natashaleigh says:

    "Ed has been one of the most inspiring Flickr friends I have! Not only is his work absolutely amazing, stunning, jaw dropping, get-you-thinking, creamy-bokeh dripping awesomeness, but he takes the time to comment on the people who follow him. He gives you advice when you ask for it and feedback where he feels is necessary. I'm so grateful to have stumbled on his stream and I am always looking forward to what he comes up with next. Thanks for everything Ed, you rock =)"

    September 11th, 2009

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    Michael Peron...Happy new year says:

    "Je pense et j'en suis sur!!! Vous faites parti des 5 meilleurs photographes que je connaise sur Flickr...
    Tous les jours vous éblouissez mes yeux avec votre travail, fait dans les régles de l'art de la photographie...
    Avec des gens comme vous, j'ai bien d'organiser une expo international, car votre génie est a découvrir...:)

    I think and I am on!!! You make party of the 5 best photographers than I know on Flickr… Every day you dazzle my eyes with your work, made in the code of practice of photography… With people like you, I have to organize an international exhibition well, because your genius has to discover…:)"

    September 2nd, 2009

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    advertising amy says:

    "His work is absolutely incredible, breathtaking and full of imagination. The processing is stunning, allowing each image to be full of breathtaking beauty!"

    August 17th, 2009

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    RoML. says:

    "Ed is in the top 5 streams I visit on Flickr, as he always has fresh perspectives and amazing visuals in his work. His work is definitely inspiring. Keen aesthetics and skills. Keep the good stuff comin!"

    August 10th, 2009

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    Black Rider Studios says:

    "I love to Ed's stream he is one of the most talented photographer that I follow. His ingenuity to produce such fantastic photography keeps you coming back for more. I learn I lot from his pieces and I hope to be one day as good as he is."

    August 4th, 2009

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    Daniela Duncan says:

    "Ed McGowan is an exceedingly talented photographer who can make any object, view or scene look interesting and attractive. His photostream is one of the most varied and eye-catching I’ve ever seen. Ed is also a wonderful, loyal, supportive, cool person – one of my first and more valued friends on Flickr.


    August 2nd, 2009

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    Michael Hunter says:

    "I've been on Flickr for a couple of years now. In that time, I have seen some amazing and inspirational work from many talented professional and amateur photographers alike. However, Ed McGowan is something more.
    Each day, Ed redefines what it is to be a photographer and an artist and how simple everyday objects, situations or even moods can be portrayed with passion, flair, creativity, humor and a technical skill far advanced than that of many full time industry professionals.
    Ed was the first photographer I found on Flickr who consistently produces such varied images of this high a quality. I really want to emphasize the word "consistently". That's what I find so amazing about his photostream and why I look forward each day to something new and totally different.

    He also has very good taste in cars."

    July 14th, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "He's basically my new favorite."

    July 14th, 2009

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    *Inside The World* says:

    "Ed is absolutely brilliant! Some of his images remind me of the old 30s or 40s. Perfect eye for details, effects and light. A talented photographer with lots of passion for what he's doing and you can see that in every picture he gives us! I love his work and many many people here think the same! I'm excited to see new stunning work to come."

    July 13th, 2009

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    Annie Hall Photography says:

    "Ed is one of my favorite contacts on flickr and was one of the first to add as a contact. He's amazing! He has a true artistic eye and incredible talent at post-processing, bringing out vibrant colors most of us couldn't even imagine. His work undeniably goes above and beyond! Spectacular work, keep it up, I always look forward to more :)"

    July 10th, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "One Word For Ed: EXTRAORDINARY!....that's it. :)"

    July 9th, 2009

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    Carmen Moreno Photography says:

    "What can i say about this talentt photographer?
    Everyday he give us wonderful shots, is like a wizard with the camera, with the talent to make from a singular shopping day a great miniature world, or make the most wonderful colorful capture with a couple of things: a beautiful sky and a flowers or make me jump back to the 60's with his retro shots!.
    I admire everyday his work, and i'm so lucky to be one of your contacts.
    You're amazing and your gallery is one of most interesting in flickr friend.


    July 7th, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "Ed is one of my favorite photographers in flickr. I am so glad I found him on flickr. His photography is incredible, I love all his pics. His photos are for me a source of inspiration, he always proofs to look at things differently than most of us. His work is never boring, each upload is a surprise for me. Always different and unique. I constantly find myself fascinated by his outstanding and professional work. His stream has become an instant favorite. Flickr is a better place 'cause Ed is involved here, and I'm proud to call him a friend.
    Thank you for sharing this with us here, wish you all the best!"

    July 6th, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "Ed is my favorite photographer... I love his work I am such a big fan of all he does, even when I take a Flickr break I have to stop by to see his next post... His work is so creative and full of life and color and I love all his descriptions too, I think he also has a wonderful family too!
    Thanks Ed - You rock!"

    June 24th, 2009

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    Suzy? says:

    "So ridiculously amazing."

    June 23rd, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "Ed is at the moment definetly my favourite photographer on Flickr =) I just love every single picture in his stream. He makes through magic out of grey city pictures wonderful and colourful city pictures =D You really should look at his stream and shortly you will be very fascinated by his art of taking pictures and of editing them =)"

    June 22nd, 2009

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    geeo123 says:

    "you only need to looks a 3 of his last photo's to see he is a great photographer. i know it is sad but i look forward to seeing his photo every day.happy to be a contact"

    June 17th, 2009

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    sapralot says:

    "There is not much more I could add to the other testimonials here. Maybe this: Everything Ed touches turns to gold. Everything. From him, we can learn that it's important what we see and when we see it. But it's even more important how we see it.

    Ed, you are a phenomen. You are terrific... I love your pictures. So please keep 'em coming! :-)"

    June 14th, 2009

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    H. Svanegaard says:

    "I've had the pleasure of following Ed's cool creations here on flickr since january 09 - every new post is different, new angles, new motives, he plays with light, with imagination and creates wonders with each click!
    So impressed am I that I cant wait to see whats new from him when I get up in the morning!"

    June 15th, 2009

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    Brita Photography says:

    "One of my favorite photographers on Flickr. His work is just incredible. He doesn't just take a picture, but composes it into something beyond that...more beautiful (is that even possible)? YES!
    I've learned so much from his photographs-the colors, composition, and the unreal bokeh he captures is wonderful...not to mention his ides for photographs are so creative and unlike most! He opens your eyes to look at the world around us just a little differently.

    Thanks Ed for being such a great Flickr friend! Your photos rock!"

    June 12th, 2009

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    Faddoush says:

    "I always look forward to isayx3's next upload...always delivering something new in a very interesting and joyful way.

    His style is outstanding, bringing out the best in anything he shoots with his marvellous use of light and focus.

    Never a dull moment and always guaranteed to cheer you up, this is one photostream you don't want to miss."

    June 10th, 2009

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    JamesaGeee says:

    "I've been following Eds photostream for a little while now, and im always impressed by his new uploads. He is simply fantastic. So creative, and brilliant with photoshop!
    i look forward to more uploads!"

    June 10th, 2009

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    City of Blackbirds says:

    "ed has one of the most playful, inventive and colourful photostreams i've seen here on flickr, his talent really shines out! not only do his shots impress, but the stories he adds to each one build up a unique personality and great sense of humour. he has a fantastic sense of colour, each photo sparkles and his subject choices and treatments are always a delight!

    ed is not only a great photographer but also a fantastic flickrite, i've always found him so encouraging and helpful & am very glad to have come across him here on flickr :)"

    June 9th, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "Simply AMAZING!

    I'm a huge fan of his work!

    His images has inspire me to work and continue doing whats on thinkable.

    You rock!"

    June 7th, 2009

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    PippoWasHere says:

    "ed is just such a nice person to begin with. i love that he appreciates the work of others. the ideas he comes up with and the colors he uses for processing are just amazing. im always waiting for his next picture!"

    June 1st, 2009

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    Sarai | Fotography says:

    "Ed has the word "awesomeness" written all over his photostream. I envy the way he manages to capture ordinary things in such interesting perspectives. His editing rocks and he's definitely one of my favorite flickr friends. You'll fall in love with his photostream, you will!"

    May 24th, 2009

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    ravenewyork says:

    "His photos are usually what I look at when I first log into Flickr! This guy really knows photography. Not only that but I love the way he edits his photos, very creative. I love how he adds his family members to the photos, how cute! I'm positive he's an inspiration to a lot of people out there. Keep up the Good Work:)"

    May 21st, 2009

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    C. W. Nielsen says:

    "The familyman/photographer!
    He is one of the most inspirering photographers in here.
    Always producing magnificent pieces! and it's always something different! And his editing skils... Wow! Unbelievable!
    Most of all he is helpful beyond anything you can ask for.
    He has helped me immensely and I'm more than thankful!
    You really are the best "flickrite" in here!"

    May 17th, 2009

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    Sasha Natasha says:

    "I cant even begin to explain the creativity this man has, Every day he comes up with incredible pieces of art that catches the eye of everyone.
    Exquisite compositions and amazing use of the "editing arts"..
    I find inspiration in his everyday work!
    Keep it up man! :D"

    May 14th, 2009

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    laurenlemon says:

    "Ed not only makes perfectly composed, wonderfully lit, and incredibly processed photographs - but his never ending creativity always leaves me anxious to see what he's going to produce next. He is talented, passionate, and so damn friendly! I could probably safely say that he stands amongst my top 10 favorite Flickr contacts.

    ......basically, you rule."

    May 12th, 2009

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    katiε! ღ says:

    "The most brilliant photostream I've come across on Flickr! Such a friendly person who holds so much talent, whose work I'm always blown away by. None of his photographs are anything short of beautiful and creative."

    May 7th, 2009

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    Michelle Vilay says:

    "Ed has mastered all forms of photography he has attempted; from his portraits, to his macros, to his night shots (which he should consider doing more of because they’re awesome! –check out City of Angels!) If you've browsed through his stream, you know he has mad editing skills; he can turn ANYTHING into a work of art. I don’t know how all that creativity fits inside that head of his, but I’m completely green with envy of his talent. Plus, he plays WoW - just doesn't get better than that ;)"

    May 3rd, 2009

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    rita | v says:

    "Ed, you are undoubtedly one of the best on here. I am in love with your pictures- they're just so...GOOD. And you are a photoshop master too. Honestly, when I first found your stream and added you as a contact, I expected to get lost in the shuffle of all of your other fans. But I was pleasantly surprised when you added me back and quickly became a faithful and supportive contact :) You are such a talented photographer in any area, whether it's portraits, scenes, or objects. Please never stop shooting!


    May 2nd, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "Ed just rocks. As an artist and as a friend. Enough said."

    April 26th, 2009

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    soleil today says:

    "Ed's pictures are absolutely brillant. He always finds a way to make ordinary, every day things look so unique and fresh, not to mention he is one of the nicest people on Flickr. I love looking at his new uploads and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Keep up the great work, Ed!"

    April 17th, 2009

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    pexy says:

    "I love Ed and his photos and his face and his hair and his thighs and his camera and his jokes and his personality and his wife.

    But seriously, if anyone sees those types of photos and you think 'oh that's what someone else does, well let me tell you something. Ed was the first. He started that style and people copied him. Oh yes they did.

    Apart from that, I taught him everything else he knows."

    April 15th, 2009

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    Joshbarsky says:

    "Ed is definitely one of my favorite photographers on Flickr. His photos are so rich and interesting and I am often impressed how he takes simple scenes and makes them incredible.

    It's always interesting to come back to his photostream because there's always something new and exciting to look at.

    Definitely keep up the good work, mate!

    April 8th, 2009

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    Guido Musch says:

    "Ed is one of my favorite photgraphers on Flickr. His concepts are always very original and his processing is amazing!

    And he's not only a great photographer, Ed is also a great contact, he always gives nice comments, and who doesn't appreciate that?

    Ed keep up your amazing work, because it's great!"

    April 8th, 2009

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    pic4pic says:

    "Ed has been a great inspiration to me and still is. The way he processes his Photos is just great. One of my fav's here on flickr.
    Thanx Ed."

    April 7th, 2009

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    Lindsey Mae says:

    "Ed is quite simply one of those photographers that influences other photographers. I think of him as a Beethoven, Picasso, Columbus or heck even Oprah in the photography world because his work is so inventive it inspires & fuels so many others in field. (My self included) I have only known Ed for a short amount of time, but have found his work deeply influential. When I take photos, it is hard for me to not think, "How would Ed shoot this?" or when editing a photo "How would Ed make the colors pop, but in a natural way?"
    Not only is he reinventing the way people see the world & go about taking photos, but he somehow manages with his busy family life & work schedule time to get to know other photographers & offer words of advice & praise.

    This guy has truly impacted my photography journey thus far.
    I just wanted to say thanks Ed. I appreciate all you have done!"

    April 5th, 2009

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    Walter Watzpatzkowski says:

    "Can it get any better than this!!!! Luckily he started a 365 so I will have plenty more pictures to enjoy!!! First thing in the morning I'm checking my emails and the second thing I'll do is checking this stream to see with what he came up with!!! The creativeflow this guy is in, Is out of this world... Keep posting this high level material. So I can enjoy it and learn from it...."

    April 2nd, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "One of my fav' photographer on flickr.
    Full of colors and details. Man, you rock!"

    April 1st, 2009

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    Monachromatic says:

    "Ed is one of my favorite Flickr photographers. Each one of his photos is a quality piece and the edition is always amazing. Vivid colors define his particular style and his brilliant compositions always catch your eye, you don't even have to look at his name to know it's him when he uploads a new picture everyday!
    Great job! :)"

    March 29th, 2009

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    tellzoe says:

    "isayx3... he is kind of a big deal on flickr."

    March 28th, 2009

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    courvuasier says:

    "He is one of the best photographers on flickr! :)Sometimes I can not even write a comment for his picture just because in 2 hours there are sooo many comments! :)
    He is a good flickr-friend as well!
    Keep up your great work!

    March 26th, 2009

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    AnnikaCurren says:

    "WOW. Ed is one of THE best, in my opinion, on flickr. Undoubtably. You know what. Ed IS flickr, fools ;D His photostream is extremely original and you can always count on the quality being pristine perfect! He's such a phenomenal photographer. I definitely think he accomplishes what all photographers strive for. Some things aren't meant to be photographed because they have no life. But Ed can make it HAPPEN. He puts life and sparkle into each shot! :D We all look up to your professional photography skills! ♥"

    March 25th, 2009

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    lostintravise says:

    "You know, I'd like to emphasis how great a photographer/artist Ed is...but that just wouldn't be fair. It wouldn't be fair because there are many great photographers out there and the difference between Ed and them is that he still the down-to-earth guy who isn't insensitive to compliments because he doesn't take anything for granted. I love his approach to life and family and how it shows through his photography so well. Thank you for the beautiful material you put onto Flickr Ed :)"

    March 14th, 2009

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    aback account says:

    "Ed is an absolutly AMAAAZING photographer....he just truly captures everything..it is nice to visit his stream for some really really good stuff..i especially like the processing..he is amazing at PP..Ed u just have it in you...keep it up..keep up the great work.."

    March 14th, 2009

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    Katie Haynie says:

    "This man is an AMAZING photographer! I just recently looked through his photos, if you haven't you should definitely take a look. Every photo is unique and interesting, I went through like 25 pages of his photostream and never got bored once haha. He can take anything and make it into a breathtaking photograph. The colors in his pictures are incredibly vivid and bold. He has a great eye for capturing the perfect moment.

    March 9th, 2009

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    Will Fricke says:

    "what can u truly say that is not so evident in his photography.. He is undoubtfully one of the best photographers i have ever been in any type of contact with.. (that contact being flickr) and well he truly is an inspiration to me and many others.. keep up the great work!"

    February 23rd, 2009

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    ctrain99 says:

    "Good stuff. This man's eye for design comes through in the photos. I recon if ya got it...you got it. Nice array of material and a good soul. I will enjoy watching it all come together."

    February 19th, 2009

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    Sof1a says:

    "Ed photographs is like my coffee in the morning
    He is truly an Amazing photographer.
    I have fun viewing his stream, so inspiring and beautiful.
    I love the colors, lighting, angles and focus everything is outstanding.

    Keep shinning Ed."

    February 12th, 2009

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    olivia house says:

    "Ed is a brilliant photographer! His photos are breathtaking and are all very inspiring. He is very creative and talented; he has a lot of potential. His photostream is filled with amazing shots. Keep up the great work! :)

    February 13th, 2009

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    BigBoyDrums (www.hectorcruzphoto.com) says:

    "What can I say about Ed? Well he is definitely an amazing photographer and designer. He has an amazing eye and captures the subtleties in everyday life that we so frequently miss. He is also someone that takes the time to visit and comment your stream. He has definitely become a HUGE source of inspiration to me and is a great guy. Hoping to collaborate on some shoots with him in the future, and I am humbled he even chose me to be part of his 365 project. Ed, keep it up buddy!"

    February 4th, 2009

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    *Call Me Tink* says:

    "My cafe and Flickr friend! You have grown and changed your style SO much in the last year that I've been watching your stream. Every time you change something up it's for the better. I look forward to watching your 365 this year. And maybe during one of my trips to CA you can come up and hang out with me, Kurt, and Uncle Frank!"

    January 15th, 2009

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    brookeshaden says:

    "Not only his he one of the nicest people I've met on flickr, his photos are stunning. His use of natural light always brings the subject to life and creates a whole world within a picture."

    January 13th, 2009

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    cplusphotography says:

    "with the ability to turn something from everyday life into a work of art, all I need is a handful of ed's pictures to be inspired. his photostream is anything but boring. take the time to look at every photo in his stream!! :]"

    January 4th, 2009

Ed McGowan
February 2005
California, USA
I am:
Male and Taken
Director of Design
Plainjoe Studios