Wedding / Fine Arts photographer Edward Olive has come a long way since the last times we had the honours of featuring the good man on CFYE and Gup Magazine. It seems that his photography finally starts to get the recognition it deserves. A thought that is strengthened by the amount of awards added to his biography since the last time we spoke. I know awards aren’t everything but it does show a level of well-deserved appreciation and acceptance of the photography Edward Olive does.
And that Edward Olive’s pictures are special is something Kaymir and I realised as soon as we first laid eyes on his Flickr photostream in 2009. We have spent countless hours browsing through his pictures being awed by film noir weddings and breath-taking nudes.
Almost just as noticeable as his photos were the comments and the time Edward took to personally respond to each and every one of them. With complete honesty he answered the most personal questions about the struggle as an independent and unrecognized self-taught photographer in the fairly conservative country of Spain. This was more than enough reason to do an interview with Edward Olive. We learned that he originally hails from Ireland and now lives in Madrid. We learned that he used to be a lawyer and should have been an actor ‘but was usually unemployed’. And we learned that he was one of the most determined and authentic photographers we know.
The idea that Edward Olive is completely self-taught and yet creates the most stunning wedding photography we have ever seen, intrigued us. That, and the fact that we were searching for answers about what a ‘professional’ really means anyway, made us ask him to write a column: Edward Olive and the Jealousy of Pro’s
Since then Edward has been a constant inspiration and personal hero for CFYE and us personally. That’s why we couldn’t be happier to see that it seems Edward is busier than ever with wedding photography. He delivers his photos on beautiful handmade and hand developed silver gelatine darkroom prints, of course still from expired film.
Where Edward Olive once was the odd one out it seems that he now is an example for many others, whether he likes it or not. The only downside is that we haven’t seen many nude ladies in his photostream lately. Edward: “No time for ladies all work no play”. Ah well, I guess that’s a good thing!