M. D. Friedman is a poet, teacher, musician, photographer, digital artist and web master from Lafayette, Colorado where he resides with his wife, Mariamne Engle Friedman, and his son, Max. In the spring of 2006 he retired from teaching in the public education factories to pursue the creative arts. His fourth book of poetry, Where We Reach, was recently released and combines his poetry with his original photographs and artwork.
His art represents an evolution from capturing (through photography) the beautiful and peculiar in our world to expressing (through the digital manipulation) the beautiful and peculiar within oneself. The resulting works are sometimes startling, sometimes subtly intriguing, but all map the personal journey of the artist from photographer to poetographer, from collector to creator and from seeing to being. It is the artist’s hope that the joy and self-discovery intrinsic to this work will be contagious to the viewer.
He is the founder of the Internet Poets’ Cooperative website which features over 20 free volumes of e-books from poets around the world and over 200 free audio recordings of dozens of Colorado poets reading their own work. His newest web site, http://www.digitaldada.org, represents an effort to explore the transformational impact of digital creation on common culture. His personal web site, http://www.mdfriedman.com offers access to all of M. D. Friedman’s creative ventures.