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Art & Life with Freddie B.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Freddie B.

Freddie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My entire life, I have had difficulty with social skills and verbally expressing myself due to, in part, because of my Autism; I have Asperger’s, which is on the high functioning Autism Spectrum. So since my youth, I used photography as a means to express myself, to capture “moments” I wished to share and preserve, and in part, to be a buffer for my social awkwardness and I always allowed the camera to decide how to take the photo, i.e. automatic mode, because I knew not how else to take a photo.

But then around the beginning of 2013, when I wished to move my photography beyond from simply taking travel and vacation photos, I began to get frustrated because what I envisioned in my head when I looked at something I wanted to photograph was not what the camera produced.

I realized that if I wanted to capture an image as I envisioned it; as I “felt” it, and be able to visually convey the emotions I felt at that moment and how it made me feel such, such as the overwhelming sense of beauty of a landscape before me or the sense of loneliness as I stood on a beach, I would need to learn to shoot in manual mode. So I began taking photography workshops where I learned the technical aspects of photography, everything from camera settings to lighting to composition, and much more.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
When I began my photography workshops, I discovered was an entire new world where I could control what came out of my camera that enabled me the creative freedom to fully express my artistic visions, to “speak” through my images, and to more effectively convey my emotions and feeling thru them.

From that point on, I began my photographic journey to do just that and in spite of early on being told [from a business standpoint] I should confine myself to one genre, I seek to capture beauty and emotions everything from landscapes, to Fine Art portraiture, to wildlife, to the night sky…anywhere there’s beauty.

For me, this journey has not only been an emotional transformation for me, but a healing one…one to help balance out and negate some of the worst of and saddest of human nature and actions I witnessed from not only serving in the war in Iraq, but from nearly 30 years as a police officer, from which I retired nearly 2 years ago.

When I left law enforcement, I was left with a “void” because it had been my “life” and my “purpose” for so long. But when I began to share my images as I traveled about on several occasions, I began to realize from the feedback I was receiving that my photography was helping to this void and gave me another sense of purpose: to bring the beauty and various cultures of the world to those that will never be able to see it for themselves. I have been repeatedly told, “I am living vicariously through your images” and if for no other reason, hearing that will keep the passion for photography alive within me.

I have a common saying: For me, photography is my “voice” and if you desire to receive a glimpse of who I am and to share my in my emotions, then allow me to “speak” to you thru my images.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
If you desire to stay true to your specific type/genre of art, seek out those that enjoy, desire to collect, and share your artwork, be it a physical or online gallery, art group, and a variety of other genre specific resources.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a webpage where you can share the images and/or purchase prints or other photo products in a variety of genres, including some limited edition landscape and seascapes.

My work has appeared in a couple art shows but I am still unknown; my autism has been making marketing myself a challenge, and seek to share my work more by getting them into galleries and sharing on my Instagram account. In addition, I seek to create more artistic portraiture and have had a couple photo shoots with a couple actresses/artists in Los Angeles which some of the results of I have shared on IG and on my photography Facebook page: Freddie B. Photography.

In regards to supporting my work, if you like what you see of my work, then follow me on IG where I often share my “Image of the Day’ from both local destinations and from those abroad. In addition, I am always seeking to create moving, beautiful, and artistic concepts so if you are looking for images that will make you “feel” the image, then I just may be the photographer for you.

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Image Credit:
Low-key Portrait: Kate Kelton, Newborn shoot: to remain anonymous

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