Photographer will speak on living creatively

Freeman Patterson

Freeman Patterson will give an open talk at Brock on Nov. 4.

One of Canada’s leading photographers and visual design artists, Freeman Patterson, will be at Brock next week to talk about living creatively.

Patterson will present “The Call of Creativity” to students, faculty, staff and community members on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the David S. Howes Theatre. This event is free and open to everyone.

“This presentation is applicable and interesting to everyone, especially at Brock where we emphasize and encourage students, faculty and staff to develop both sides of their brain,” said Education Professor Sharon Abbey, who is organizing the event. “Mr. Patterson receives hundreds of invitations a year to make appearances across Canada and around the world. We are particularly honoured that he has chosen Brock as part of his tour this year.”

Abbey has been a student of Patterson’s on two occasions.

“I have taken two photography courses from Mr. Patterson and I find him to be one of the most transformational teachers that I have ever worked with,” she said. “He is reflective and very sensitive to the world around him. I’m sure everyone will be inspired by his presentation.”

In his presentation, Patterson will focus on his own experiences to describe how creativity is a natural gift that becomes a part of day-to-day life.

Patterson was dean of religious studies at Alberta College, Edmonton, in the early 1960s when he began to actively work in photography. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1985. In 2001, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the North American Nature Photography Association and in 2003 the Miller Britten Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.

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This presentation is sponsored by the Faculty of Education and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Faculty of Humanities.

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