Freeman Patterson is one of Canada’s pre-eminent nature photographers, his work having been recognized by such esteemed authorities as the National Association of Photographic Art and the Photographic Society of America. Born and raised in the tiny community of Shamper’s Bluff on the Saint John River in New Brunswick, Patterson didn’t study photography until he took a course with the eminent photographer Dr. Helen Manzer. At the time Patterson was in his twenties taking courses towards his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia University in New York. Patterson finished his degree and taught for three years at Alberta College in Edmonton before deciding to pursue photography full time. He spent one year at the United Church’s Berkeley Studio In Toronto and then moved on to the National Film Board’s Still Photography Division. During the 1970’s he published several text books on photography, Photography for the Joy of It and Photography and the Art of Seeing, are but two that have been reprinted as late as 2006. Freeman’s collections have been shown at such galleries as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and his work has been published in several volumes, the latest being Embracing Creation in 2013 by GooseLane Press.
Ken Rockburn spoke to Freeman Patterson at his home in Shamper’s Bluff, New Brunswick.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.