Freeman Patterson lives at Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick, near
his childhood home. He attended multi-grade (one-room) schools in Grey's Mills
and Long Reach, and high school at Macdonald Consolidated School in Kingston.
He graduated with a B.A. (Honours: Philosophy) from Acadia University, Wolfville,
Nova Scotia, in 1959. The subject of his honour's thesis was "The Form Of
The Good" in Plato's Republic. In 1962 he received a Master of Divinity degree
(M. Div.) from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York. His
master's thesis was Still Photography As a Medium of Religious Expression. While
in New York, Freeman studied photography and visual design privately with Dr.
Helen Manzer. From 1962 to 1965 Freeman was dean of religious studies at Alberta College,
Edmonton, and began actively to work in photography.
He moved to Toronto in
1966 to work for one year at Berkeley Studio, the United Church of Canada still
photography and film production house.
During this time and until the late 1970's, Freeman completed numerous assignments across Canada for the Still Photography
Division of the National Film Board of Canada. He also developed a large roster
of professional clients in the editorial and advertising fields. Freeman has
always been a strong supporter of the amateur photography community, and is
a life member and former president of The Toronto
Guild for Colour Photography.
Freeman returned to New Brunswick in 1973 primarily in order to pursue his
personal artistic interests and to establish a workshop of photography and visual
design. Since then he has taught several week-long classes every year and, commencing
in 1984, in southern Africa as well, where he co-founded the Namaqualand Photographic
Workshops. He has given numerous workshops in the United States, Israel, New
Zealand and Australia.
Although Freeman does much of his photographic work at home, he travels widely to photograph
and to teach. Since 1973 he has frequently presented half-day and all-day seminars
to large groups (50 to 4000 persons) in the visual arts, music, education, and
ecology across Canada, the United States, and in other countries. Since 1977
he has written and illustrated four instructional books on photography and visual
design and has co-authored a fifth, four large cloth-edition books, and co-authored
and illustrated two more. In 1996 he completed a CD-ROM entitled Creating
Pictures: A Visual Design Workshop and a major retrospective book of text
and photographs, entitled "ShadowLight: A Photographer's
Life", for Harper Collins of Canada, which was followed by "Odysseys:
Meditations and Thoughts For A Life's Journey." Freeman has written for various magazines, CBC radio, and been featured on CBC television's Man Alive, Sunday Arts And Entertainment,
and Adrienne Clarkson Presents.
From 1973 to 1989, Freeman was an elected trustee of New Brunswick School District
#19, served for eight years as vice-president and director of Masterfile (a
major stock photography agency), two years on the board of Aids Saint John,
and six years as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He has donated
his property on Shamper's Bluff to the conservancy for an ecological reserve
and education area. An avid motorcyclist, he is also a member of the Saint John
Harley Owners' Group.
On My Harley - 1993