Vintage Dress Hanging from Fire Escape, Manhattan, New York / Travel Photography Series

When I was living in New York, I wandered around a lot. There are endless things to notice and wonder about in that city. On this particular day, I got off the train at Union Square/14th Street to go to a photo store to buy film for a wedding I was photographing and as I was walking down a street, I looked up and saw this vintage dress hanging from a fire escape. The door behind it was open and the entire scene filled me with so much curiosity and joy. Who's dress was it? Why did they hang it there? Were they trying to catch peoples' attention as they walk by? If so, why is the door open? It was such a random, magical visual moment that made me smile so I made a photo of it with my iPhone before continuing on my way. I processed this in the Hipstamatic app and then made more adjustments in Photoshop. Prints of this and all of the images from the travel photography series that I'm sharing are available in my Etsy shop

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Brooklyn Buildings / Waiting for the Train, 2014 / Travel Photography Series

"Brooklyn Buildings, New York, 2014." 

I lived in Brooklyn, New York for a year and a half from 2014-2015 after leaving a long term relationship and desperately needing a place to figure my shit out. I chose New York because my siblings and some friends lived there. It was an overwhelming, challenging, fun, wonderful, hard, expensive, exciting time living there. I loved taking pictures with my iPhone whenever I was traveling around the city because there was SO much to look at all of the time. I had no plan for a series or intention to go out and take pictures, I just did it when I noticed something visually exciting to me. The day I took this picture, I had just eaten brunch at my brother's restaurant with some friends and was waiting for the train to take me back to my weird, dark apartment that didn't feel like home at all. The train platform was above ground and as I was waiting, I turned around and saw these colorful building against the blue sky and...click. I don't think I ever took my professional cameras around the city when I lived there because I was feeling super burned out on photography for a lot of reasons but my phone was with me all of time and I loved the freedom I felt when I took pictures with it (even though the quality wasn't always amazing). There wasn't the same pressure I felt when I picked up my other cameras, there was a lightness, a feeling of play and exploration that I needed. I took this on an iPhone 4 and edited it in VSCO. 

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Brooklyn Bridge at Night, 2010 / Travel Photography Series

I'm going to be sharing some of my travel photography from over the years here on my blog and on Instagram! I'll be sharing more about each image here including the technical details and the story behind the image. I'm kicking things off with some images I've made in New York over the last 10ish years. I've visited many times and lived there for a year and a half and each time I go, I am simultaneously inspired and exhausted by all of the layers of stories that exist there. I made this image of the Brooklyn Bridge when I was visiting my siblings in 2010. We had gone out for pizza and walked down by the water to look around afterwards. I loved how the lights on the bridge looked and the feeling of possibility that seeing the giant city from afar gave me. I wanted to try to visually create the feeling I was having in that moment rather than a technically perfect image of the bridge so I set my camera on manual focus and intentionally blurred it, changing my composition a few times until one resonated. The originals were in color but they didn't feel right that way so I played around with black and white versions in Photoshop until I landed on this one. Digital details: I created it with a Canon 5D digital camera and a Canon 50mm 1.2 lens. 

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"Do you want to get together and talk about our feelings?" Greeting Card Now Available

I made a new greeting card for those of us who love (or hate) to get together and talk about our feelings but know it's worth doing. This could be a card for someone who has withdrawn from you because of challenging things in life and you want to reach out or it could be for a friend or a partner who you love to talk about feelings with while drinking coffee or wine. This card is available in my Etsy shop here

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My Greeting Cards are Now Available at Lakewinds Co-op!

This year, I have been working hard get all of my ducks in a row to try to grow the wholesale side of my business. I took a fantastic online class called, "Sell Your Products to Retailers" on Creative Live taught by Megan Auman that taught me a lot about best practices. I made a list of the local places that I thought would be a good fit for the products that I make and started to reach out. One of the places at the top of my list was Lakewinds Co-op, where I shop a few times a week near my house. They loved my greeting cards and are now carrying some of them in their three stores around the Twin Cities! Yesterday, I went in to do some shopping and saw my cards on the rack and got so excited, what a cool feeling and wonderful momentum to keep reaching out to more places. You never know who might say yes! You can see my full line of greeting cards in my online shop

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EmmaFreemanDesignsLakewindsCoopGreetingCards

Sun Print Cyanotype & Nature Printing Classes at Minneapolis Institute of Art!

I got to lead two sun print cyanotype classes and a nature printing class at the Minneapolis Institute of Art over the last month and they were so much fun! I got to teach kids and adults these two creative processes at Family Day and Third Thursday. We got to be outside for the first one and inside for the second because of rain but that just meant we got to play with some UV light boxes instead of the sun! It was great to see everyone get creative and play. 

Mia Sun Print Cyanotype Class with Emma Freeman
Mia Sun Print Cyanotype Class with Emma Freeman
Mia Sun Print Cyanotype Class with Emma Freeman

I Got My First Art Grant!

I'm so excited to share that I received my first art grant from The Pillsbury House and Theatre in Minneapolis! It's called Art Blocks and there are a lot of amazing artists doing all kinds of projects within the neighborhoods of Minneapolis. In collaboration with the incredible program, Plant-Grow-Share who I volunteered with last summer, I'm going to be teaching a free sun print cyanotype class this Saturday, August 20th at Hosmer Community Garden. Plant-Grow-Share will have their Little Free Farmers Market set up for folks to come and take free organic produce home with them. I'll be there to guide people through the process of making a sun print cyanotype from something in the garden! I love sharing this beautiful process with others and watching their curiosity and excitement when they see the results. My intention is to help folks notice and celebrate to the beauty, patterns, textures and colors in our yards and gardens and open up a new creative outlet! I'll share some photos from the experience shortly afterwards.