Elaine Freedman lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. She and her husband spend the winter in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Their son lives in Victoria with his wife and two children and spending time there gives them lots of opportunities to participate in family life.
Elaine studied photography at the Medicine Hat College Visual Communications Department along with painting, drawing, graphic design, art history, print making, and other courses. Her introduction to black and white film photography 10 years ago along with darkroom processing became her passion and she devotes full time to photography. The film camera has been put aside for digital equipment and computer processing.
Much of Elaineʼs instruction in photography has been through workshops and personal instruction from experienced professional photographers. In September 2009 she spent a week with Andre Gallant and Freeman Patterson at a workshop held in St. Martins, New Brunswick. In October 2012 she spent two weeks with Mary Anne and Joe McDonald on a photo safari in Kenya.
Living in both Medicine Hat and Victoria allows her participation in both the Victoria Camera Club and the Medicine Hat Photography Club. She takes every opportunity to exhibit her work with both clubs as well as competing in the monthly competitions that the Victoria Camera Club holds. For the year 2011-12 Elaine won First, Second and Third prizes for three difference images in the year-end competition and well as highest total score for all the competitions held during the year. The critiques from her own images and those of others has honed her skills. Sharing techniques, information and ideas from both clubs has been invaluable to her.
The “Birds in Paris” exhibition at the Esplanade Gallery in Medicine Hat (August - October 2012) was Elaineʼs first public gallery solo show. Elaine considers herself to be a fine art photographer and looks forward to more exhibitions in the future.
Birds in Paris interview: