If you live in or near Montreal and love artistic landscape photography you OWE it to yourself to take a drive to Dollard Des Ormeaux to see the Freeman Patterson photography exhibition.
This exhibition is AWESOME. Freeman Patterson has been shooting landscapes around the world and teaching workshops for many decades. I’ve been a major fan of his for a good twenty years and I consider him to be a modern master landscape photography artist. Everything about this exhibition screams quality. The images themselves are gorgeous and I spent a good seventy minutes looking at each and every one. The composition of each photograph is very well thought out as you would expect. Freeman is a teacher and expert at visual design and you’ll note the attention he has paid to the foreground midground and background. There’s exciting stuff going on in all 3 of those zones.‚ But everything else in the photographs work too; exposure, colour and the printing. Gorgeous printing on heavy watercolour paper that reveals great tonality from pure white to deep black with excellent shadow detail in most prints.
Freeman exhibits about 18 large sized photographs that are around 20 X 30 inches. All the prints are for sale in small limited editions. The Gallery is located in the Dollard Civic Center (across the street from Marche de L’Ouest) 12001, boulevard De Salaberry, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc. H9B 2A7 (General Tel. # (514) 684‑1011).‚ Look for the LIBRARY, the gallery is in the basement of the library building. Tues.-Wed. 12–4 PM, Thurs.-Fri. 2-5PM, Sat.-Sun. 1–4 PM and there are guided tours available. The gallery is closed on Nov. 11th for rememberance day.
I have seen NO publicity for this show…which is a travesty as this work is aching to be seen by photography lovers. So take a drive to the West Island and you won’t be disappointed!