"Laurie Freitag is a self-taught, digital photographer making pictures with her iphone based in Los Angeles, California. Her early years, spent in the Bronx, Coney Island & Far Rockaway, influence her work with themes of family, childhood, memory & home.
After 20 years working behind the scenes in TV news, she took a buyout & went back to school where she took every Child Development class offered. She's been working the past 12 years as a nanny where she has intimate access to documenting children. Freitag says, "I enter their world. Watching them puts me into positions I could have never thought up. This latest series, 'In the Garden at Chislehurst' had me sitting very low as a 4 year old played in the dirt next to me. As I looked up, I found the wonder of the dracena trees above me. Those are the images that comprise this newest series."
Laurie's Chislehurst work is represented by Susan Spiritus at www.susanspiritusgallery.com.
Laurie's work has been sold numerous times to private collectors through YourDailyPhotograph via Daniel Miller of the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. She was also recently invited to join the CollectorWorks Gallery. CollectorWorks, sponsored by Your Daily Photograph, is a hybrid gallery concept that combines virtual representation and in-person exhibitions. www.collectorworks.com
Freitag is the Founder and Director of L.A. Photo Curator & N.Y. Photo Curator, online international competitions that promote emerging photographers with the added feature of philanthropy with 20% of each competition's fees donated to various charities.
She is also an independent curator curating for L.A. Photo Curator with the most recent 'Life's Work' competition and also the L.A. Photo Curator's Top 40 images 2019
Freitag was the featured speaker at Pasadena Photography Arts Forum: Photographic Influencers in 2019. Douglas Hill invited her to speak and show her work saying that, "...she is a leading light in the photographic community."
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'In the Garden at Chislehurst':
"This work explores the challenges of adjusting emotionally to the Covid-19 pandemic as a woman who has had an easy life full of good health, work with purpose and security.
When the pandemic came to my world I thought I could handle it. I thought 'I had it all under control' but I spent most evenings stockpiling supplies from Amazon preparing for the worst that was yet to come. My living room, full of boxes of oatmeal, quinoa and pasta, tins of olive oil, and masks and gloves to last, well, awhile!
My days, on the other hand, were spent in a garden as a nanny to a 4 year-old boy below Mount Hollywood, where he pulls berries from a bush to make berry stew and I sat alongside him in the dirt as he 'cooks.' In this world of calm I felt like a child myself, ignorant to the perils of the pandemic.
Using my cell phone, I photographed the world I spent my days in. By exploring the world of nature I found balance and emotional discovery. I hope that in sharing my journey, others can start their own self-discovery in a fragile world."
'The Lost Years':
"I have been working on 'The Lost Years' since 2012. It documents the years that most adults cannot remember, before the age of seven.
When I left my 20 year career in local TV news, I worked jobs here and there but nothing felt like I had hit the jackpot like when I became a nanny. I went back to school and took every Child Development class offered.
Working with infants and watching them day to day, I was hit with the realization that these wonderful days filled with giggles and struggle would not be something the child would remember. I became their witness to their stories and took on the role of documenter."