Kevin Crows by Ed Olen
Born and raised in suburban Southern California, Ed Olen had always dreamed of a life more metropolitan. Amongst the monotonous rows of cookie cutter homes sprouting up around him in Orange County, he yearned for visual stimulation. He found it first photographing the forgotten buildings around skid row in downtown Los Angeles in the late 90s. From there, his travels have taken him to New York, Paris, London, Istanbul, Rome, Florence, Venice and to the vivid colors of Miami. It is in these vibrant cities that he's captured the beautiful detail of the statues, fountains and buildings that he so longed for growing up. In 2000, he began showing his work in restaurants, bookstores and coffee shops in Laguna Beach, Long Beach and Solana Beach. 2003 was his first Summer exhibiting at the Sawdust Art Festival & Festival of the Arts. In the summer of 2002, he opened his own fine art photography gallery in Laguna Beach. After three years, he closed it to focus on portraiture and fashion photography. Ed Olen currently works with Coast and Preferred Destinations magazines as their lead photographer.