Searching for visual perfection

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Ed Nelson has an eye for the visually appealing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Ed Nelson has an eye for the visually appealing.

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Since he was about 10 years old, this artist has been involved with visual art. At that early age it was still photography that had a hold on him.

&uot;Even with that simple little camera, I always wanted to make the best pictures I could,&uot; he said, adding that he still enjoys shooting still photographs.

His passion for the visual eventually led him to work with his father as a graphic artist at Ace Signs in Albert Lea. He later attended video production classes for a year at the technical college in Austin and shortly thereafter he started his own company, Majesty Video Productions, while continuing on full time at Ace.

He now can transfer old home-made film movies to video, transfer slides or snapshots to video, duplicate tapes and repair video tapes as well as shoot and edit video tapes for people.

He said he enjoys capturing peoples’ precious days on video for them. Over the last five or six years, Nelson said he has done several weddings and other events, including at least one funeral and, most recently, the show choir performances at Albert Lea High School.

And that early camera work has been very helpful in his video career, he said. He credits much of his success to his school training as well. But the main thing, Nelson said, is his perfectionist nature.

&uot;To see the end product as something very professional is great,&uot; he said. &uot;I like when people see the product and are really happy with it. You’ve got to have an eye for professionalism.&uot;

In addition to hiring himself out, he also donates a good portion of his time and talent to Youth For Christ, the local Christian teen organization. He videotapes many of their events free of charge.

He said that although he is not opposed to his business growing, he is definitely not trying to push anything. He enjoys working for Ace and he loves being able to document special occasions. But he doesn’t ever want it to become too burdensome – he wants it to remain fun.

&uot;Basically I’ll shoot anything and everything,&uot; Nelson said with a grin.