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Comments on this portfolio:

Stephen Farrell , January 24, 2007; 01:35 P.M.

Nice work. Especially like your b+w.

Sutirth Dey , January 27, 2007; 10:35 P.M.


Dear Fred

Thanks for your comments. I think that we share our views on the aim of photography, that a photo should tell a story. Loved your portfolio, there is a sense of serenity in your viewpoint that I like.


Douglas Brill , January 30, 2007; 05:34 P.M.

Powerful B&W images. Especially the people shots. Great eye for photographs. I'll keep checking on your portfolio to see what else you post. Thanks for the comments on my portfolio too. You are too kind.

William Gerber , February 03, 2007; 12:21 P.M.


Thank you for your kind words, your portfolio is well done and you have good vision, looking forward to seeing more. William

Matt Rosemier , February 05, 2007; 05:07 P.M.

This is a nice body of work. I look forward to seeing it grow as you add more of what matters to you.

Darren Henry , February 06, 2007; 05:33 P.M.


Thank you so much for your comments on my photo's.

I am a beginner and REALLY needing feed back to help me improve. ( I have taken coarses, and I read bood and Magazine after book and Magazine) But I feel I am learning more here than in anything else I have ever done.

Comments like yours will help me become as good as I can be. Thank You.

As far as it goes to your portfolio... You also say that you are a beginner, but you shoot like you have been doing it for years. I do like how all your folders begin with "In" (except the first)... Any reason for that? Or just something to do?

Take care, I'll check back often.


Fred G. , February 06, 2007; 06:27 P.M.

Thanks for the compliment and glad if my comments mean something. The reason for my titling of the folders is just a somewhat obsessive desire for consistency in labeling. :) Seemed to work for me, but as I add folders, will probably be hard to stick to the pattern.

Stefan T. , February 07, 2007; 05:32 A.M.

Hello Fred, thanx for your friendly comment on my two "lonely" nudes. I like your portfolio very much. My favourite is the "in your eyes"-folder. You have a heart warming look on people.

Stefan Tjarks

Roger Leekam , February 12, 2007; 01:49 P.M.

Thanks for leaving a comment on my "Orchids". Much appreciated. You have a vvery interesting portfolio. B&w seems to be your forte. I will be back to see it evolve. Roger

Imade Jerhidri , February 12, 2007; 04:47 P.M.

Thanx for your comment..gave me pleasure! I like your work on people, I see what you mean, you do capture someone's allure! good work.

Ted Gorczyca , February 14, 2007; 04:18 P.M.

nice portfolio, like your landscapes the best though, and thanks for the comment on my photo

Adan Wong , February 15, 2007; 02:32 A.M.

Very engaging portfolio. You are quite skilled at capturing portraits and landscapes. The nudes are intriguing and eye catching. Great work.

By Helga , February 16, 2007; 04:07 P.M.

Hi Fred

I had to visit your portfolio as well. After reading some of the comments, I would say they cover everything. Very nice indeed.............Helga

A Massa , February 17, 2007; 12:42 P.M.

Thanks for your comment. Excellent portfolio. Great work here. Very good shots.

Gary Loveless , February 17, 2007; 10:03 P.M.

Hello Fred

Thank you so much for your comment on my "Self" photo, it is very incouraging! I really like your B&W photos and your "garden of the Gods" images are incredible! I will be sure to return to see what you've added.


Tim Zeipekis , February 17, 2007; 11:04 P.M.


Thanks for the insight and encouragement, it really boosts my confidence. Your work is impressive and that makes your advice that much more appreciated.

Paul Louis Villani , February 18, 2007; 05:55 A.M.

Unique, diverse and stunning. Only three words but I think they describe your work pretty well. Fred, your imagination and skill go together nicely, they produce many beautiful things. Never be bound by boundaries, art needs your creative freedom! Well done mate!

Mark Geistweite , February 18, 2007; 08:21 A.M.

Hello Fred

Glad I stopped by. Beautifully laid out collection of images. With many of your folders beginning with "in", innocence was a good choice for a sub-title. I mostly appreciate landscapes, hence this is what I primarilly shoot. Your garden of the gods, subsequently, would be my preferences from you portfolio. That being said, however, I think you have a good sense of the photogenic. Your comment on my image "Beauty in Chaos" was quite appropriate. It is exacly the message I wished to convey. I enjoy a scene that takes awhile to digest. Some of the simpler scenes can express themselves in a word, quickly ending. A more complex scene may elicit more than a mere word, perhaps a discussion of multiple topics. Thanks for the comments,


Robert Frandeen , February 21, 2007; 10:53 P.M.

Well done. You have a good sense of what makes a good picture.

Glenn Wainman , February 23, 2007; 03:36 P.M.

Nice portfolio

Thank you for rating my image. I like the diversity and sensitivity that you apply to your images. I like that they each tell a story. Your landscapes are vibrant and really make me want to have been there, to get in and walk around.

Joe N , February 23, 2007; 04:50 P.M.

Right said Fred

Nice light in both the B&W and colour. I particullarly like your colour photographs, very sensitive eye for colour.



Stephen Patterson , February 24, 2007; 10:43 P.M.

Hi Fred,

Thanks for your feedback on my portrait of my son. Main reason for posting was to get some feedback on how I could improve the image these images so your comments are appreciated.


Stephen P

Andrei Chis , February 28, 2007; 01:04 P.M.

Thank you for your support. Your comments are highly appreciated, since i respect and like your work. You are an amazing artist. Keep up the good work!

Maciej Falecki , March 04, 2007; 11:47 A.M.


Thank you for the ratings and comments on some of my photos.

Nicki Kane , March 05, 2007; 06:48 P.M.

Hi, Fred

I have to say that I Love your artistic photo's Darren Henry and I have spoken about your photo's meny times. Thank You for helping Darren because now that I have been watching on Photo.net and Darren learning.I have been getting egor to learn more into become a photographer. Maybe not like you but maybe close LOL

Bruce Levy , March 10, 2007; 11:45 A.M.

Great portfolio Fred. Thanks.

Marc Todd , March 17, 2007; 10:27 P.M.

A nice diverse collection Fred. I like how you isolate your street subjects which keeps the frame uncluttered. I've always thought simplicity was the best approach to street/doc and I see from your work I very well may be right.

Angela Churchill , March 18, 2007; 02:50 A.M.

Hi Fred,

Your comment on my self-portrait brought me here... and I'm so glad it did! Your folio is quite original, and there is a lot I can learn from you. Thank you so much for your critiques... and more importantly, thank you so much for sharing your images. I've enjoyed the view :)


diane reeves , March 25, 2007; 07:37 P.M.


thank you for your comment on my photo. i am always gratefull to have comments helps me learn so much....have looked at your work. and like it very much...looking forward to seeing more....best wishes diane.

Amer Jassim , March 26, 2007; 06:41 P.M.


your portfolio - fantastic world!!!

Tim Zeipekis , March 27, 2007; 06:32 P.M.

Thanks again

You never fail to leave a kind word and make someone feel good about their work. It's much appreciated, thanks again.

zeeshan haider , March 28, 2007; 08:08 A.M.


thanks for yr comments on my portfolio..yr work is great..keep it up...

Edoardo G. , March 30, 2007; 06:19 A.M.

Dear Fred, thanks for your kind words, I've appreciated. I'm really glad that you have enjoyed my portfolio, I hope how much I've enjoyed your. Best regards, Edoardo

John Seward , April 08, 2007; 08:52 A.M.


Thanks for your input on my portfolio. I'm a ways behind you, so your comments are greatly appreciated. As I look at your portfolio, I can see how much I need to learn.

Tim Zeipekis , April 11, 2007; 06:48 P.M.


Me again, thanks for the input Fred, I feel like I have a personal tutor. I agree with your critique, and I plan on getting back to that spot to work that shot a little more, because I love the potential of it. Thanks again for the confidence boost.

Ben Heaven , April 12, 2007; 04:41 P.M.

Fred, wow, you have a really interesting portfolio here with some fantastic portraits. there is something very special in the mood you have captured in these images. stunning work.



Ross Yourth , April 12, 2007; 09:32 P.M.

Hi Fred

Thank you for your kind comments on two of my images.Very impressed with your portfolio. Envy your ability to connect with your subjects in your people & portrait selection, I have never been a people picture taker as I just seem to freeze up, but with landscapes I am completely relaxed & enjoy the process of scouting the perfect location. Different people, different abilities. Impressed with your comments on "Autumn of our Lives".Captured this image, oh, it must be fourty years ago & I have always liked it without really knowing why, but recently I look at the elderly gentleman & wonder, "what is he thinking" & what will I be thinking when reaching his age.In a couple of days will try & set down why this image has a strong effect on me & include it with your coments. Regards-Ross

Nicole York , April 13, 2007; 02:37 A.M.

Fred, thank you so much for the constructive comment on my photo, I've played with it a little bit and I'd love to get your opinion on the re-post in my portfolio. That being said, great body of work, cant wait to see more!

Best regards!

Dennis Jones , April 17, 2007; 06:42 P.M.


Your 'folio tends to make me think you have the "Knack".... Your lighting, composition angles, B/W...all skills that someone with the Knack excells in...Looking forward to putting you on my interesting list...

deb cloud , April 19, 2007; 08:15 A.M.


Thanks for your comment regarding my image "The Groom Gets Ready..." He listening to what the Judge was saying about his upcoming marriage. I thought the sun coming through the window and illuminating him really made for a nice composition. I will try it in black and white, thanks for the suggestion.

Your work is amazing, my weakest area in photography is portraits and I can only aspire to capture them as beautifully as you have.


Joel Guindon , April 20, 2007; 12:37 P.M.

Great learning experience...


I really like your view on "a photo should tell a story". I love your B&W ones, very moving. I find that the people photos are very eye catching and you cant help but wonder what the story is behind the pic.

Keep up the good work...it's inspiring in my eyes.


Doug Smiley , April 25, 2007; 05:43 P.M.

Thanks for your kind comment on my photo.

John Warren , April 26, 2007; 12:56 P.M.


Hi Fred Many thanks for you input.Good tight portfolio,keep working John

Juan Guerrero , April 27, 2007; 06:25 A.M.

i really like your pictures. i like how you see the things and i like a lot also your pictures of nude males. really nice, its obvious how you love your world through photography.

Tim Zeipekis , April 27, 2007; 09:11 A.M.

Walk on the Beach reworked

I reworked a recent shot based on your critique and was wondering your thoughts. Better, worse? thanks again Fred for your valued input.

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Derron Yuhara , May 01, 2007; 11:45 P.M.

Thanks for you suggestions on my pictures, I admire your style of portraits. For the face, I was kind of going for a light/dark kinda of theme, but I understand where you are coming from now that I look at it.

Also, I do find it very frustrating when I get so many 3 ratings on my photos without feedback. So I appreciate your reassurance.

Thanks, Derron

Josef Soczis , May 03, 2007; 03:11 P.M.

In your portfolio there are some beautiful photos.One is "Micheal".Another is "Juan".Also very interesting your "Male study number one". Bye Giuseppe

Daniel Henrik Hogal , May 13, 2007; 08:36 A.M.

for art..

Hi Fred I just would to say thanks for your comment too. I've seen your portfolio and that you just few years a go started to take photos it was suprising me very nice and peculiar portfolio so never stop:) I was started maybe a year ago but i haven't got a camera just on my phone actually it isn't a problem becouse I can practice like this and i can keep it going too. For art.. my best wishes to you: Daniel

Jef Leyssens , May 15, 2007; 04:33 P.M.

thanks fred! i would have liked the crop a little less tight as well, but selfportraits tend to do this kind of unwanted things (and i was a bit too lazy to get my tripod out, i admit). I'm glad you like the glasses, i think they're pretty rad too (but i still prefer my contact lenses, so i wear these glasses only between my bed and my life). as for your work: i like your black and white pictures a lot, and all of your pictures show you're very good at composing an image. Your photos are very well balanced, which is nice, they are sort of relaxing to look at.


Amy Rich , May 16, 2007; 12:10 P.M.

Hi Fred! Wanted to stop by and see you! I love your new photograph and truly your black and white pictures are excellent. My favorite folder is In The Eyes. You have quite a knack at catching deep expressions. I value your opinions and am humbled that you take the time to do so. I am glad that we have met. Keep shooting! amy

Fred G. , May 16, 2007; 06:56 P.M.

Amy, what a wonderful thing to say. I also love sharing thoughts and opinions with you, so we will keep it up. I really appreciate your kind words.

Donna S , May 17, 2007; 12:02 A.M.

I love your style, and I love watching people (and dog!) through your eyes. I'll be studying your work to help with mine. Best regards!

Ricardo Gomez , May 18, 2007; 03:40 P.M.

Hallo Fred

Due to a nice comment on one of my photos I come to your portfolio and I really like it very much. You have a wonderful portfolio with very good sense of composition and colors. But your b&w photos are also fantastic -

Best regards


Abhijit Biswas , May 19, 2007; 08:12 A.M.

Hello Fred,

You have a very impressive portfolio. I was just going through your writing about yourself and I have the same notion about photography as you have. I would be glad if you could find some time to dicuss about your work and share your experience with me. You can send me an email whenever you get a chance and we will schedule a time for a discussion.

Regards, Abhijit

Jenny Darden , May 20, 2007; 10:41 A.M.

Male nudes that are artistic, not pornographic. Finally!!! Your portfolio has tons of variety in subject matter and in photographic style. Some people say that such a portfolio is not cohesive as a whole. However, I find that it demonstrates versatility. p.s. Thanks so much for your helpful comments. You are very right about the limited tonal range. I will try to find a way to reshoot, or play around in pshop some.

J.K. York , May 23, 2007; 01:21 P.M.

keep shooting b/w my friend, you excell at it. not that your color work is any less impressive, but well done b/w just strikes a chord with me and your work chimes. for me, a b/w composition has to do more than a color one because color by nature provokes an emotional response. you show a great understanding of that concept. excellent work my friend and your comments are an honor to receive. J.K.

Gary Michael , May 23, 2007; 05:21 P.M.

Thanks for your comment.

Thank you for your comment on "Morning Light." I appreciate you using the word "innocence." I'm glad you saw that. GM

JeffS L , May 24, 2007; 09:20 P.M.

Fred, I wanted to let you know how appreciative I am of your careful eye and thoughtful comments on my and others' photos. It takes a real passion to analyze and experience someone else's work, to encourage them specifically, and to adopt their viewpoint and vision temporarily in order to understand what they are trying to say. I think you do this very well. Your own photos show a passion and skill that are impressive. As you mentioned in your bio, the experiential part of sharing art is more important than deconstruction of the technical details, although the latter is necessary, too. So, thanks for your comments, your commitment, and your skill.

Eric Graham , May 25, 2007; 04:37 P.M.

finally got around to look at your portfolio. I can sum it up in one word without thinking to hard.....CREATIVE. Your work is diverse as well which makes it a pleasure to look at. One particular photo caught my eye. The Garden of the Gods photograph. The highlights and shadows in that photo are amazing. Only three years huh.....you got my attention.

Mert TURKOGLU , May 27, 2007; 01:48 P.M.


Fred I'm honoured by your comment. Incredible photos, awesome portfolio. Congrats, Mert TURKOGLU

Mishu Vass , May 28, 2007; 04:03 A.M.


Your portraiture is really amazing! Best regards from Mishu

Marios Lefteriotis , May 28, 2007; 06:26 A.M.

You got it !

Fred, thank you because you got my idea of photos backstories, which I want to convey to everybody interested in. You made a slight effort and you discovered these beautiful things which are a part of yourself now. That's what I am trying to convey in philosophical forum, with my text under the title "WHERE IS THE BACKSTORY".

Your portofolio is superb. I am impressed because you did not hesitate to present photos of nude men's body, in a very natural way. In doing so, you focused our attention to the beauty of human body, without attempting to use sexual interest in order to promote your creations!! (as it is usually done with female nude photography).

I will visit again your portofolio and I will examine in details your photos.

Regargs, Marios

Gary Michael , May 29, 2007; 10:22 A.M.

Thanks again.

Thanks for your comment on "His arm outstreched." You are good at being generous and constructive! Just want to point out that the shot is not the same as "Morning Light." I thought I'd submit a shot with less "innocence" just to see the reaction. I'm enjoying your gallery!

Ceylan Atuk , May 29, 2007; 05:02 P.M.

excellent portfolio,thanks for the comments..

Gurakuq Dobruna , June 01, 2007; 08:11 P.M.

Dear Fred

Thanks for your comments in my photo.I like your style and your artistic eye.Finally exellent portofolio.Best regards from Gurakuq.

Fernando Olea , June 02, 2007; 06:40 A.M.

Really great work, I enjoyed looking through your portfolio a lot. Can't really say which one is my favourite, could say SanFrancisco Centre, but that would just be physical attraction.

Photis Santamouris , June 05, 2007; 05:01 A.M.

An ommission!

Today,a day off,I've taken a stroll within your images and your image perception in general.It's evident that you socialize with different kinds of people.Shocking nude images.Female nudes are more appealing to everyone,so why dont't you give it a go?Now that we have exchanged points of view,I see your pictures in way much more different than before.But...I can't wait for more images of Colorado!Everytime you comment on my'scapes,I feel a great friend is here to judge and evaluate.But I ...suspect we may talk again.

Nikolai Kuleshov , June 08, 2007; 02:59 P.M.

Thank you Fred for commenting on my picture.Being new to PN, I still can't figure out what the majority of people here are after - subject or metaphor, just mere representation of what is in front of the camera or what is beyond and farther away.I've been clicking away for some time by now but this is my first experience with internet. I used to think my pictures were meant for me and my subjects only, now here comes the time for sharing. I feel kind of shaky for fear of misunderstanding or misinterpreting my work.Your comments are a great help.

Tim Zeipekis , June 10, 2007; 08:24 P.M.

Me Again........

Thanks again Fred for the comments, Your portfolio is really coming along, especially in your portraiture. On the technical side your lighting is masterful, but there is much more when I look at your portraits. There is a certain intimacy conveyed to the viewer that I think you have done brilliantly. The viewer really is staring into these models eyes and not just looking at a picture. Whatever you are doing, don't stop. Thanks again, TTYA

Nicole York , June 10, 2007; 09:22 P.M.

Fred, I've just taken a series of shots and was hoping you would have a look at them before I requested critiques in the main forum as you've been so kind to give me helpfull comments and critiques. They're in my 'folio under "Him". They're the first such photos I've taken and Im hoping for a view of them from an artist I admire :)

Thanks so much!

Andrija Kasom , June 11, 2007; 02:48 A.M.

Dear Fred

You have so beautifuly photos in yours portfolio...Excellent my friend...Greetings from Montenegro, old/new country in Europa and i will come back with pleasure...

Andrew Trask , June 12, 2007; 03:34 P.M.

Thank you very much Fred, I really appreciate your constructive comments and advice.

You really do have an excellent portfolio of work here, truly outstanding. I particularly like your "02 In Your Eyes" series; a great range of subject matter, that has all been handled superbly. Regards, Andrew..

Antonio Zafonte , June 14, 2007; 05:57 A.M.

Hi, thanks for ur comment, and for ur rate. Congrats for ur works, regards.


Michael Riley , June 18, 2007; 09:41 A.M.


Thanks again for your comments on my photo "Little River 1 (Revised)". I appreciated and willbe acting on your suggestions. anyway, on to what I came here to write...

Wonderful portfolio. Your portraits are exceptional and very emotive. I agree that the male figure is a much neglected field and you have made an impressive dent in the correction of that bias. I also like your landscapes and was glad to see the Garden of the Gods shot (I lived in the Springs for 6 years back in the 80s). Will be very interested in following your work. Thanks for sharing so many great shots. See ya around... Mike

Jeanne S. , June 25, 2007; 11:27 P.M.

Excellent! I specifically love your B-W portraits. Peace, Jeanne

John Seward , June 26, 2007; 06:27 P.M.


I see what you mean about becoming part of the photo. The images here have a lot of that sense of the eyes being the window to the soul. Thanks for your valued comment on my portfolio. I'll definately work on that aspect of my photography.

Nicole York , July 27, 2007; 01:32 A.M.

Heya Fred, I just thought I'd stop by since I havent been to your portfolio in a while and I'm glad I did. I'm always struck by the portraits, your use of light and ability to capture "those" moments/expresions. Keep on keepin on my friend.

All the best!

Mirna Tokic , July 30, 2007; 04:36 P.M.

Fred ...

... this is such a beautiful portofolio, emotionaly. You are very sensitive person, with a sharp eye ... I can see you somehow through eyes of the people you've been "shooting". I really love your photos, they are so alive. All the best. Will visit your portofolio again ! mirna

Gershon Levi , July 31, 2007; 11:07 A.M.

Impressive portfolio, great strong colours. i particularly like your portraits. Thanks for your comments on one of my photos, I really appreciate it.

Balthazar Lefebvre Maisch , July 31, 2007; 06:16 P.M.

thanks a lot for your very kind remark. not because of your pov on my photo; but it's sure you have a sharp eye


B READ , August 01, 2007; 12:58 P.M.



roger sonneland , August 09, 2007; 05:58 P.M.

Well, have just had the tour, some lovely work within these folders, I especially like your b&w work. On saying that the whole portfolio is well put together and very enjoyable. Thank you!!

Kristina Kraft , August 09, 2007; 06:23 P.M.


I like mountain the most. I see you have very good photographic relationship with men. In a BW photos of men I would add some contrast using 100 asa film. Your sel-portrait is sensible, but I can feel a kind of anxiety inside of you. The pose to me is rather feminine. The theme of father and son is great. I like it a lot.

Best regards from me.

Harnois Yves , August 09, 2007; 06:54 P.M.

very interesting

splendid portfolio, Work very professional

I am impressed by the quality of your photographs

the series in your eyes is particularly very interesting


focus mankind , August 21, 2007; 05:47 P.M.

your question

Hi Fred You asked about the light contrast besides the colors of a rainbow. The photo is not manipulated (just pushed the colors a bit). It's often to be recognized, that the inner part is bright/colorfull, while the surrounding remains quite dark, so it's part of the phenomen (sorry I did not answer earlier) link: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?topic_id=1481&msg_id=00Lmni&photo_id=6168380&photo_sel_index=0

Fred - the portrait of Ron is most beautyful to me still - I like your portfolio - especially the portraits of the older people - Great!


Jason Jimerson , August 23, 2007; 07:13 P.M.


Hi Fred. Your portfolio is beautiful. You display a wonderful feeling for light and detail in your black & white photos as well as your color photographs. Awesome! I wish that I were half as good as you.

maria maria , August 24, 2007; 10:40 A.M.

Thanks for comment!

Hi Fred, I've just seen your portfolio and I'm delighted that such a good photographer as you are took a look at my photo :) I appreciated a lot your suggestions, as I'm a beginer in this domain. I've also done some changes at the image, you can see the both versions in my portfolio. Hopefully the second one is better! THANKS

lemon bartleboom , August 28, 2007; 08:24 A.M.

Hi Fred

Thank you very much for your comment and suggestion! It's a plasure to read a comment that analyzes so well a photo, it realy helps to improve!


Alberta P. , August 29, 2007; 08:54 A.M.

Feeling honored

Fred, I'm feeling quite honored that someone with your obviously superlative talents would take the time to look at and provide commentary on one of my photographs. Your portfolio is truly amazing and I look forward to viewing your new entries. Thank you so much for your time and input - Alberta

Tim Powell , September 01, 2007; 07:13 P.M.

Great Portfolio

Thanks for the comment on my photo. I always find it interesting to look at the portfolios of the people who make the comments. After looking at yours, its good to know that it came from someone that knows what hes talking about. I like your port very much. Again, Thanks

Gerolamo Romano , September 14, 2007; 04:26 A.M.

thank for your comment- big help to improve regards gerolamo

Erick Pichler , September 17, 2007; 04:31 P.M.


Thanks for your critique.... by the way, nice work dude!!! Keep walking...(And smiling too) cheers.. Erick Pichler

Rachel Ann Foster , September 22, 2007; 03:57 P.M.

I like your approach and am seeking to do something similar.

I also liked your comment about esthetics and emotion on the forum. Well done!

Pnina Evental , September 28, 2007; 02:38 P.M.


Sometime "Less is more". and many words are not needed, just to let you know that I'm glad to have met you, enjoying your thoughtful, sensitive and knowlegeable personality. Your artistic work and comments included. Pnina

Gary Woodard , October 12, 2007; 12:44 A.M.

Fred, saw your post in a forum and realized that I had not visited your portfolio in recently. This is quite impressive. The tight headshots, of course, are right up my alley. However, the most impressive images are the color. They are also the most surprising since most of what I have see of your work was in monochrome. "George at Home" is a masterpiece. Your work has grown exponentially since our correspondence some months ago. I greatly enjoyed seeing what you have done and look forward to seeing where you go in the future.

Hassan Ajmi , October 23, 2007; 03:38 P.M.

Hallo Fred, Excellent work. I love your work with eyes. Super Beautyful. Regards.

Tim Zeipekis , November 09, 2007; 09:15 P.M.

Hey Fred.........

Been a while, I took a step away from photography for a while to recharge, rode my bike most of the summer. I thought I'd stop in to say Hi, I noticed you slimmed down your portfolio, any particular reason why or just re-evaluating? Anyway, I'm back shooting again, so you'll probably be hearing from me again real soon. As always, love your work, and I'll check in again soon.

David Seltzer , November 14, 2007; 09:13 A.M.

While I'd love to see more of your very excellent work, I have to say I like very much the way you've re-organized your portfolio. It is an excellent presentation, clean, clear themes and is now much more like going from room to room in an exhibit. BTW, thanks for the thoughtful critique you generously gave me on my bleeding hearts pic. Regards, David

Peter Nientied , November 14, 2007; 04:07 P.M.

What a fine portfolio, with the personal portraits and the garden of the gods as my favourites. Compliments. Peter

Tom Maher , November 17, 2007; 10:16 A.M.

I love the Seffield Cemetary image as well as the 'in town and out of town' series.. Your male b&w's are in of world of their own, I don't quite know how to describe it - very sincere, real, voyeuristic-like with great composition will have to do for now ;)

Federico Ubalde , December 22, 2007; 10:51 P.M.



Thanks for your constructive critique of my "shoe shop teens" photo. In reading your comments, I was suddenly thinking of doing a new crop leaving the girl totally out of the picture. I think that might work better...we'll see.

You have some beautiful photograps here, excellent works!

Rachel Ann Foster , December 26, 2007; 04:04 P.M.

Ah Fred...mentor, friend, teacher, and in a few ways my mirror. When I read your comments and thoughts, I see glimpses of myself. Far too often, I see myself in your images, too. That's often discomfiting but always illuminating.

You're a treasure, Fred.

Fernando Juliatti , December 27, 2007; 01:23 P.M.


I agree with your comments in my shoot "Human Life" - Thank you very much! Fernando

C. Daunis , December 29, 2007; 08:26 A.M.

Fred, all my best to you in the New Year. I've barely had time to take pictures, much less interact with my friends on photonet, but I hope to get back on track in 2008. Yours are pictures I return to time and again, your thoughtful, elegant portraits some of my all time favorites. Be well, my friend.

Tim Zeipekis , January 01, 2008; 02:29 A.M.

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to stop in and thank you for all the great compliments and advice this past year and give an e-toast to you and a continued friendship in '08. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Mike Stemberg , January 01, 2008; 07:39 A.M.


... Thank you for your valuable presence in photo.net, and here's Wishing you all the best in this New Year! Regards ~ Mike

Peter B. , January 17, 2008; 09:57 P.M.

Dear Fred, thank you for your helpful comments. I am so glad I clicked through to your portfolio - your work is beautiful. I particularly want to compliment your nudes. The imperfect male body is one of the last great taboos, even (especially?) among photographers. Congratulations on tackling it so skillfully.

Laurent-Paul Robert , January 19, 2008; 09:14 A.M.


Thank you very much for your kind words, and encouragements ( the ones about the photos I'm sharing, Not sure the ones about posting on the forums will be that good an idea for me to follow ... ) And thank you very much to give me the opportunity to compliment you on your photos. Your portraits are always very expressive, and when your B&W couldn't be better, I have to admit I'm quite impressed by your way of managing colors and gradings in such a subtle way which is very very rare to find in men's portraits usually.

Jeanne S. , January 28, 2008; 12:53 A.M.

Hi Fred, Just wanted to tell you that I love the way you currently have your photographs aligned. It really works! Peace, Jeanne

Shawn Shawhan , February 02, 2008; 02:10 P.M.


After briefly looking through the portion of your portfolio that is viewable, and also having opened a few images and read comments that others have left I realized that it will take me some amount of time to get better acquainted with your fine works. I cannot start doing that right now, but I have a note on my table to remind me to do so. I find your work to be fresh, exciting and beautiful.

David Brown , February 21, 2008; 01:57 A.M.

Hi Fred, You have an interesting porfolio and a very artistic way of portraying your subjects in a very good way. I used your portfolio as an example in my last post as to what is good art even if I am not a fan of the subject as such, hopr you don't mind

Ton Mestrom , March 14, 2008; 05:16 A.M.

Fred, the way you make those portraits is really something special. Strong, powerful and sometimes thoughtprovoking. Very very good work

Joaquin Tornel , March 15, 2008; 07:05 A.M.

Hola Fred, eres un fotografo que combina magistralmente la fuerza y la sensibilidad, te invito nos sigas mostrando todo el talento que tianes, felicidades. Joaquin.

Kristina Kraft , March 17, 2008; 03:01 P.M.

You have really nice relation to your friends. Emotionally deep and respectful. I can learn something from you indeed.

Geertje Pors , March 27, 2008; 05:31 P.M.

what you think, you create

what you create, you become

what you become, you express

what you express, you experience

what you experience, you are

what you are, you think

And to me, your portfolio tells me you are sheer love and respect.

You make me hold my breath

Thank you!

Stelios Kallinikou , March 28, 2008; 01:50 P.M.

Thank you for your kind words..great portfolio..keep on shooting

Rachel Ann Foster , April 06, 2008; 08:18 P.M.

Time once more

I express appreciation to my friend, my mentor. You're worth your weight in gold, Goldsmith.

Shambhala Wolfhaart , April 08, 2008; 03:45 A.M.

Hi Fred, thank you for commenting on my photo of Mark Plonsky. The depth of field is achieved by working at 1/60, with my 105mm lens wide open at f.2.5 - not on Photoshop. As for the dark line of his chin, it comes out that way on my negative - I actually really like it when the chin is defined in that manner - it contrast with the neck shade instead of blending with it. I really like your work - you are the only photographer I know of who photograph mainly older men - and naked. Bravo!!

Ton Mestrom , April 09, 2008; 01:42 P.M.


just another short visit (a pleasure as always)Would sure like to see some more of your work

andy T , June 13, 2008; 03:41 A.M.

Hi Fred. Great portraits with a contemporary feel. It feels as if you invite me into the lives of the people you photograph. Also, thank you for your support and comments, really appreciated. Many regards, Andreas

Master Faster , June 17, 2008; 03:37 P.M.


Marvellous portrait workshop. It looks like done you've done to the end of it. MF

Mark Starr , June 26, 2008; 08:52 P.M.


Thank-you so much for your kind comment on my portfolio. Your portraits are amazing- very potent images. I especially like the three portraits in the "A New Key" series, with the third being my favorite - great black and white work and very dramatic. Keep up the great work, and thanks again- Mark

Kristina Kraft , July 02, 2008; 07:25 A.M.

Hi Fred,

you have posted your comment for the first time on my photo. That's nice of you. Well, skin tone is changed in "Curves" tool, and a dark background too. Although, the lady seems much more innocent in reality, and I had a feeling to make her a feminine. I'm glad you like it.

Mandy Mojica , July 09, 2008; 08:38 P.M.

Powerful and Beautiful!

As an artist and photographer I have always wanted to capture the strength as well as the tenderness of a man and I always fall short, You have succeeded in this in a way that speaks volumes. I love your work! Thanks for Sharing..Mandy

Mead Notkin , July 12, 2008; 10:23 P.M.

Fred: A fascinating and wonderful portfolio. Thanks for your comment on my "Birth." Mead

Tom Wiggins , July 13, 2008; 03:49 P.M.

Fred: Thank you for your comment on Genoa Street. I do very little post processing. If you have an idea how I should proceed it would be greatly appreciated. Your portfolio is excellent, the portraits are so real, I feel like I could speak to them. Tom

Billy K. , July 19, 2008; 04:58 A.M.

Fred- thank you for your thoughtful comments. You are too kind.

Adriano Perelli , July 21, 2008; 06:35 P.M.


great portfolio...i love the strong color. and tanks for the good critique to my photo. by adriano

Ahmet Gurses , July 22, 2008; 10:40 A.M.

... Thank you for commenting on my photo.İ'm happy that you liked it ..Regards from Cyprus.

Israel Osterman , September 09, 2008; 03:52 P.M.

Thank-you so much for your kind comment on my portfolio. I must say that I have learned a lot from your comments. Thanks Osterman

Michael Linder , September 11, 2008; 01:27 P.M.

OK, Fred, I will add my name to the lengthy list of those who already have made comments. Your portfolio is absolutely amazing. I was particularly impressed by your B&W shots, especially in your incorporation/use of lighting.

Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us. It's inspirational.


Tim Keller , October 17, 2008; 03:18 P.M.


Your work is strong in B&W and color; I've added you to my list of interesting photographers to keep my eye on and correspond with. Having often encountered your long and thoughtful critiques under the photographs of many fine photographers, I'm honored to discover your comment under mine today: thank you. I've been evaluating the nature of my relationship with PN and my friends here; specifically, which is more important to me in the time I can cleave out, taking photographs or discussing them. After spreading myself too thin, I'm viewing and writing less, though I understand the responsibility to participate in one's own community. What I'm getting at is that I won't reach your level of generosity in commenting and discussion, but I do look forward to seeing more of your work and I will let you know when, and how, you move me.

M Nelson , November 12, 2008; 09:41 A.M.


Count me among your fans. M

Kristina Kraft , November 14, 2008; 03:11 A.M.

Hi Fred. Now you've really got me this time, haven't you! Thanks for your sincere comment on my "Autumn Silence IV"

Matt Rosemier , November 16, 2008; 02:27 P.M.

Howdy Fred

I see that you've rearranged your folders, leaving some images out that you'd had before, and adding some new stuff.

I see a hell of a lot of progress in your craft and growth as an artist evident in the changes.

nice work, friend.


S U , November 22, 2008; 09:15 P.M.

Sense and sensibility...

...with apologia to the author. Much of Fred's portfolio is what I like to call humanist photography. Very different from the sort of thing I typically do, but perhaps that heightens my appreciation for his work. Some of the images here pass the ultimate test: they linger in the mind, freeze there, and are revisited by the mind's eye time and again. I look forward to seeing more of his unique perspective in months and years to come. If I had any critique, it is that the "Out of Town" offerings are a bit too "post-processed" for my taste. It's the portraiture that I find most fetching.

Tim Zeipekis , November 27, 2008; 03:23 P.M.

Hi Fred.....

Just wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, have a great weekend!

Art X , December 11, 2008; 04:58 P.M.

Thanks Fred for your continued comments on my photos. I appreciate the feedback. looking at your collection I am inspired to learn from the way you capture not only the faces of individuals but their humanity as well. thanks again

Gorm Rudschinat , December 20, 2008; 09:46 A.M.

I hope this Christmas enriches your life; May each day be happy and bright, Overflowing with pleasure and love; May your Christmas be filled with delight and may all your dreams come true... Marry x.mas and a happy new photo year from :)Gorm

Marjorie Smith , December 21, 2008; 10:11 A.M.

Fred, Thank you for all your helpful suggestions this first year of mine on photonet...You are a great teacher and I appreciate your support...Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and creative new year...Marjorie

Tim Zeipekis , December 22, 2008; 09:51 A.M.

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for all the wonderful support and advice you've given me. I look forward to more of your engaging photography, guidance and friendship in '09!

Nicole York , January 19, 2009; 07:20 P.M.

Back Again!

FRED! After having been out of the loop for so long I am pleased to see that your 'folio is looking better than ever! Your use of light ability to capture the humanity of your models continues to blow me away! Cant wait to stop in when I've got more time and enjoy your work. Glad to be back and can't wait to see more of yours!


Roxana Chiru , February 15, 2009; 06:08 A.M.

Fine pictures with great colours, congratulations ! Roxana.

Kevin Freeman , February 16, 2009; 11:15 P.M.

Fred, you've obviously got WAY too much time on your hands! Coming to thank you publicly for your assistance, I'm amazed to read so many "thank you"s from so many others. My chief reason for coughing up the cost of a PN membership was the fact that you and a few others have been so generous with your time in taking a personal interest in helping others improve their skills and, even more, refine their own unique talents. I can only hope that my understanding of photography and photographic arts grows enough to warrant passing along in like fashion some day!

I really appreciate you portfolio. While the majority of your subject matter may not interest me, the fact that you can tell such a story with human expression is well worth my time and study. Your landscapes tell me all I need to know about your ability to handle a camera -- superb! Thank you for sharing it all.

Kristina Kraft , February 20, 2009; 01:12 P.M.

Hi Fred, thank you for commenting my photo "Untitled". Well, this was my first time that I couldn't find a word to describe this photo after experiencing the story behind the photo. It was about emotional experience that I couldn't enliven any more.

Jacob Eliana , April 27, 2009; 11:32 A.M.

Mapplethorpe? If he were still around he'd aspire to imitate Goldsmith.

Debejyo Chakraborty , May 11, 2009; 05:25 A.M.


Very impressive. I have not seen a collection like this before.

Debejyo Chakraborty , May 17, 2009; 12:45 P.M.


Thank you for your comment. It is very encouraging for me.

Drew Bayless , May 28, 2009; 12:36 P.M.

Thank you very much for all your messages and comments about my work. I really appreciate hearing from you. Its quite difficult for me to write / type a response.

Carlos H. , June 20, 2009; 12:36 P.M.

hey Fred...

I likes what you've done my man, the way you re-organized your work now, in sensible clusters, and with appropriate titles, makes for best viewing.

Keith Aldrich , June 30, 2009; 08:01 P.M.


Thank you for your comments on my photo, it always help to learn from someone with such great talent as yours. I truly appreciate what you have done with the B&W, from your use of lighting to your focus on detail.

I am still learning my technique in lighting, and having such great examples as yours to study is a huge help.

Best Regards, Keith in Montana

Sean Shelton , July 02, 2009; 04:14 P.M.

Thank you for you words.

I love your work. You have a great eye for composition and lighting most of your work shows a mastery of dynamic lighting that has a lot of depth and emotion. I appreciate your comments on my work I find them very useful. Your work and your words will inspire. Thanks again I welcome your comments anytime.

Danel Rinaldo , August 02, 2009; 05:08 A.M.

Thank you for the kind and confidence boosting words, even if my english would let me, there wouldnt be enough words to sum up how well youve put together your portfolio. There are some really interesting images, that make me wonder and imagine what is actually hidden behind the curtains of those images... regards

Michael Young , August 02, 2009; 05:25 A.M.

Thank You

Thank you for your kind words on my Echinacea photo. They've come at a good time as I find myself struggling to keep one foot in the world of conformity and the other where I please. Your wonderful portfolio is an inspiration to the latter course.

William Staniforth , August 03, 2009; 03:04 A.M.

A very interesting PF , there's plenty to look at here . You have certainly developed a " style " . A pleasure to view .

DL Anderson , August 03, 2009; 05:00 P.M.


I thank you for your inspiring comments on "The Reader 001". Your kind words have helped greatly in empowering me.

Your portfolio gives me every indication that you have no difficulty working with people. I am not as fortunate as you in this vein. Your work is quite admirable and skilled. I wish you the best in your future shoots and life.

Best regards


Louis Meluso , August 04, 2009; 09:55 P.M.

Artistic Sensitivity

Fred, Your portrait work is very beautiful and shows a human warmth and sensitive, artisitic eye. I enjoyed your portfolio very much and will visit often.

major williams , August 05, 2009; 12:03 A.M.

Fred, I wasn’t drawn to your portfolio by your photographs but rather by your many comments in the forums.

Excellent work in both!

Greg Thomas , August 05, 2009; 11:49 P.M.

I did the same as major. Fred, I like your images as much as I like your forum posts, and I love your forum posts.

Marie-Louise Sinding , August 30, 2009; 03:14 P.M.

Hi Fred

Thanks for the kind words on some my work ! I'm glad it gave me the chance to find this extraordinary portfolio of yours, that I have very much enjoyed browsing. Particularly your portraits bear witness of a very keen photographic eye....

Best regards Marie-Louise

Luis Triguez , September 25, 2009; 04:54 A.M.

Fred, your pictures are simple great. It's a pleasure to let the eyes wander along your outstanding portfolio. Gracias amigo!

Raymond Borg , October 12, 2009; 02:45 P.M.

Wonderful collectio of photo my friend. Thanks for sharing and well done.

Kathy Logan , October 19, 2009; 01:16 P.M.

Excellent portfolio, great inspiration and lots of feelings...

Laura V , November 12, 2009; 08:22 P.M.

Congratulations Fred. How wonderful and well deserve this is. I’ve enjoyed your gallery very much, but have really come to admire you not only because of your ability to portray, so eloquently and with such dignity, human nature, but because your thoughtful, insightful, kind and generous manner in which you communicate with others, and your honest approach to everything you put your name on. Thanks, Fred Goldsmith!


Philip Coggan , November 16, 2009; 07:21 A.M.

Thank you for your portfolio. Hope your career is going well.

Michael Linder , November 17, 2009; 06:49 P.M.


I tried modifying the photo of the10 Commandments by desaturating it a bit and trying to change the pattern of the "light rays" I'll leave it up to you to decide whether it represents an improvement over the original.

See http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=834441.

Again, my thanks . . .


Jody Frost , November 18, 2009; 10:17 P.M.


Your portraits are just so immediate and intimate! Love them! Reminds me a little Nan Goldens work.... Strong stuff! Jody

Heider Alward , November 25, 2009; 12:32 A.M.

Congratulations for being a featured member on PN, a recognition well deserved. Kind Regards.

Dave Travvel , November 27, 2009; 03:00 A.M.

lovely work! great depth

John Graham , December 15, 2009; 10:12 A.M.

hi Fred

I really enjoyed your portfolio. I don't say that often. Your sense of intimacy and immediacy with your subjects makes for some good story telling.

Matt Rosemier , December 19, 2009; 09:00 P.M.

Hi Fred...

it's been awhile since I looked at your work. What a treat. You're making serious progress with your art.



Mitch Lackey , December 24, 2009; 11:32 A.M.

Happy Holidays!

Fred: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Looking forward to following your work in 2010! Best Regards, Mitch

Tim Zeipekis , December 26, 2009; 10:17 A.M.


I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and I wish you the best in 2010. Your photos continue to stir emotion and stimulate thought, and I wanted you to know that, although very much silent now, I do my best to check in from time to time to see what you've been up to. :) Take Care!

Marie-Louise Sinding , December 29, 2009; 02:59 P.M.

Thank you Fred, for visiting my portfolio and leaving a kind comment !

I wish you a happy and creative new year 2010 !

Best regards


Nicole York , January 02, 2010; 12:17 A.M.


Ive just spent some time in your world, reading things you've written, comments by others on your work, photos you've taken, and now I've emerged again and am happy to say that some day I will be able to brag about having known you even just a little bit over this great medium that is PN. A man whose words and work were able to turn people on, force them to think, confront their preconvieved ideas, examine themselves, question their relationship to the visual world (or just enjoy some darned good photography) and walk away from it all with a little bit of "Fred" stamped indelibly on their insides and be the better for it. It's a gift you have given to the rest of us and I thank you for it.

Paul Coren , April 04, 2010; 04:41 P.M.


Thank you for your comments on my "ascension". It is indeed a composite, and the coloring of the birds was subject to significant pp work. I wonder what the difference is for you in a composite photo vs. a natural capture. My intent was to stylize the birds heavily so that it would be clear that it is a surreal image, having to do with the soul's flight above.

In any event, I appreciate the time you took to look at and comment on my photo.

Of course, I took a look at what you are doing. You have a very clear vision, it seems to me (albeit a multi-faceted one), of what you are doing. Much of your work challenges rather than "limiting" itself to the depiction or creation of beauty. Or perhaps there is another, deeper aesthetic at work, in which, as Keats says, "truth is beauty.' Some of it, frankly, makes me feel some sadness at ... what? I don't know -- perhaps the fleeting nature of time and the Ozymondias in each of us. That said, your work is compelling.



Barry Carlton , May 01, 2010; 11:12 A.M.

I've really been enjoying your comments in the "Power and Glory" thread. You seem to cut through all the B.S. Keep up the insights!

Michael Linder , May 18, 2010; 08:36 P.M.


My son sent the following link to me, thinking I'd derive some value from it.  In that spirit, I'm passing it along to you.


My best,


Antonio Bassi , August 31, 2010; 12:59 P.M.


Yours is a type of photography that takes quite an effort to understand. It is not immediate, it doesn't want to "sell out", it kind of lays there waiting for you to open up. Once the viewer decides to give up, it takes him to a beautiful and intimate world full of emotion and humanity. It is still too much for me, maybe some day I'll be able to do something similar with my photography. Best regards, Antonio.

Michael C , December 02, 2010; 12:48 P.M.

Nice port here Fred!  It's obvious that your work has a lot of feeling behind it, and it almost as though you are recording a chronicle of your life.  Very nice!

Terry Pittman , January 10, 2011; 05:31 A.M.

Very nice work. Congrats!

Balthazar Lefebvre Maisch , January 21, 2011; 06:15 P.M.

happy new year fred G.


balthazar m.

Bjørn Audun Bye , April 12, 2011; 05:26 P.M.

Thank you

Thank you Fred for a very good and thoroughly critique on one of my photos. I can see that portraits is your speciality and that you are quite good at it. Great Portofolio Fred. Best regards Bjørn. 

Tatjana Adizes , May 16, 2011; 09:20 A.M.

Excellent portfolio! Best regards!

Andrea de Bonis , May 22, 2011; 03:00 A.M.

fred, thanks for commenting one of my photos, becouse in this way i met you, i diddnt know your photos before, toomuch people here. good use of light, strong composition, bw as they have to be;: evocatives and tellings. At a fist sight - i will spent more time here when possible - i have seen some photos that are really "photos"

Rob Wilson , June 15, 2011; 04:56 A.M.

Hi Fred,

Thanks for commenting on some of my pictures recently.  I had a look at your homepage.  It's really well done indeed.  The work really speaks volumes about the subjects, and your insight into and connection to your subjects.  You should be proud of it.


All the best,




Jeremy Jackson , June 17, 2011; 04:18 P.M.

Hi Fred, I just want to say how much your work has impacted me. Your approach is extraordinarily insightful and your technique superb. In every sense, your work is inspiring and informative. I do wonder what kind of brilliant and creative mind is behind your camera. Best, JJ

Antonio Bassi , October 10, 2011; 05:50 P.M.


Fred, I like the Intimacy I folder. I have been away for quite sometimes, just being with my baby and thinking a lot. New rises of awareness, protests all over... something seems to finally starting to change. This inspired me for a new photo project, will see. I'm not much into internet posting of my photos anymore, I am starting to prefer real life.

Hope all is well


Amy Helmick , October 18, 2011; 12:37 A.M.

Fred, I looked through your portfolio (again!) tonight. I am reminded of some sage advice from a photo instructor: "never show anything other than your best work". Seems that you heard that somewhere along the way, as all of your presentations are outstanding.

Your portraiture style is incredible in that you seem to capture the essence of your sitter(s) and the mood of the situation. I have been inspired many times by your photos.

Thanks for your contributions to PN. You help to make it a site for growth in our art and our craft.



Xiao Cai , November 15, 2011; 08:19 A.M.

Thank you for your comments other day! I really appreciate it. You have done very nice works. Best Wishes!

Marie H , March 20, 2013; 10:30 A.M.

Hi Fred: Love your quirky portfolio. Always a treat, Best. Marie

Diyor Nigmatov , July 30, 2013; 06:47 A.M.


I love your portfolio! Awesome!

Jim Downs , September 12, 2013; 03:31 A.M.

Just discovered your portfolio and must say that it is some of the most engaging work I've seen on this site in awhile. How many of us would never attempt such images out of fear we would be associated with the lifestyles portrayed. GJ

Fred G. , September 28, 2013; 06:52 P.M.


I appreciate your being engaged by these photos. I hope no one would fear to be associated with these people. It's sad to think that, in this day and age, anyone would.

Garry Barker , July 02, 2014; 07:17 A.M.

Fred, thanks so much for taking the time to comment on one of my photos. I values your comments and I agree with your observations about the two street shots. By the way, I enjoyed viewing your portfolio - your portrait work is very impressive. Best wishes.

George Bruckner , December 31, 2016; 05:26 P.M.

Happy New Year and all the best in 2017.


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