Meet Photographer & Curator Laurie Freitag

meet an artist mondayLaurie Freitag is a self-taught virtual photographer whose number one passion is to each report and evoke an early early life state of marvel, particularly in the case of the miracles of nature. Her central issues of circle of relatives, reminiscence and the magic of the lawn have resonated from her upbringing within the boroughs of New York Town to the bushes in her backyard within the hills of her Los Angeles domestic. With a background that comes with each broadcast information and intensive revel in in skilled kid care, her intuitive paintings — steadily made on iPhones — combines each the entire fascination along with her theme and the whole openness to the foundation of spontaneous cases.

Laurie Freitag: Cover and Search

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist? 

LAURIE FREITAG: I by no means considered myself as an artist till possibly 2014 when a chum steered I post paintings to the Los Angeles Artwork Affiliation open club. As much as that time I saved my paintings to myself and I dared no longer percentage it for worry of rejection. It felt truly just right to percentage the paintings and get some certain reaction. The extra reaction I were given, the extra assured I changed into.

I used to be at all times obsessive about capturing the whole thing round me and were doing that for a very long time. When I used to be a kid I’d ask for a digicam and ten rolls of movie for each vacation or birthday. Unfortunately I by no means were given it till I left domestic at 18 and purchased myself a Nikkormat.


Did you move to artwork college? Why/Why no longer? 

I’m mainly a self-made individual. I really like to find issues in my very own time and in my very own approach. My inspiration is natural and I consider my instinct implicitly. There’s something within me that claims, ‘Click on now!’ and I simply observe that directive.

Laurie Freitag: Sheltering in Position, Day 34

When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or undertaking? 

I’ve been operating on two initiatives. One is named The Misplaced Years. As a nanny for over ten years I’ve had intimate get right of entry to to youngsters and I’ve been fortunate to paintings with a circle of relatives that permits me to report their lives. The Misplaced Years paperwork the time earlier than the age of 7, the time maximum people can’t be mindful.

The opposite undertaking used to be born out of the stay-at-home orders for Covid in 2020. Via spending time at domestic within the lawn of the circle of relatives’s new area within the Los Feliz hills, the 4-year outdated that may ordinarily be in pre-school part-time used to be now with me full-time, and we had numerous time to delve into nature. Within the Lawn at Chislehurst used to be born whilst sitting subsequent to the 4-year outdated taking part in within the dust. I seemed up from our spot to search out essentially the most stunning dracaena bushes. This collection stuck the attention of Susan Spiritus and I’ve been fortunate to have her constitute it. A few of The Misplaced Years paintings used to be not too long ago named to Scorching 100 of 2021.

Oh, and I additionally run L.A. Photograph Curator and N.Y. Photograph Curator. Each are platforms to advertise effective artwork photographers via competitions 4 occasions a yr with 20% of pageant access charges going to charity. The ones are ongoing initiatives I’ve run since 2015. It’s been truly a pleasure to fulfill such a lot of artists from world wide.

Laurie Freitag: Within the Lawn at Chislehurst

What artist residing or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with? 

That will should be Stanley Tretick, whose {photograph} of John F. Kennedy Jr. (John-John) underneath JFK’s table within the White Space truly referred to as to me. I used to be seven years outdated when that iconic {photograph} used to be taken, handiest 4 years older than John-John. Jackie Kennedy didn’t like her youngsters photographed and used to be in reality, in a foreign country, when Tretick photographed the kid.


Website online and social media, please!

IG: @lauriefreitagphotography

Laurie Freitag: Up the Stairs

Updated: January 17, 2022 — 4:24 pm