Em­brac­ing Cre­ation

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Free­man Pat­ter­son Beaver­brook Art Gallery/ Goose Lane Edi­tions, $240 pages, $55 NEW Brunswicker Free­man Pat­ter­son’s en­deav­our through­out his long ca­reer has been to show how still photography can ex­press the spir­i­tual, mys­ti­cal and fun­da­men­tal truths of hu­man­ity. This beau­ti­fully crafted vol­ume of im­ages is not typ­i­cal of most na­ture photography books that il­lus­trate places and things. In­stead, Pat­ter­son’s work draws you in to the del­i­cate qual­i­ties of life and the re­la­tion be­tween mat­ter and spirit. “Long be­fore I knew from sci­ence that there is no fun­da­men­tal dis­tinc­tion or sep­a­ra­tion be­tween mat­ter and spirit,” he writes, “I sensed it from my own ex­pe­ri­ence. I re­al­ized it more con­sciously for the first time when I used a macro lens to peer through some tall grass with my cam­era.”

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