Computing (Imperial College), Cognitive Science, University of Sussex and University of Massachusetts, Amherst
About Paul Robert Freeman
I use photography and software as my two main working media. My interests have been concentrated on the way the imagination shapes our reality.
For the last seven years I have been making a documentary project that I'm calling 'The Final Desert'. This is divided into three parts of which two are Space Lands which I completed in 2009 and New Space which is work in progress. A short series of photographs of collections of objects I made while doing these projects is called 'Object Deserta'.
Space Lands was stimulated by a spontaneous visit to New Mexico in 2007, partly inspired by the news that Norman Foster had designed a spaceport building in the emptiest deserts of New Mexico for Richard Branson. I found a rich vein of trace objects in this human wilderness that inspired the project.
New Space more directly addresses the desire of people to go into space. I met many of these people on visits to New Mexico and California, particularly as I attended space conferences where I collected most of the objects now in Object Deserta. This series reflects more the people and social context or 'collateral damage' of grand urges as they play out. The images are presented in the format of NASA publicity images from the Apollo era. I possess a collection of these publicity and used them as framing device for the series.
Object Deserta contains a number of objects which may or may not be ironic, humorous or tragic. Robert Adams has decried the kind of photography that seeks out curious juxtapositions, Object Deserta may be precisely what he dislikes the most. These still life images were made with and processed on a mobile phone and are being presented in the form of a small handmade artists book.
I am the maker of Foliobook, an iPad portfolio app used by thousands of artists to show their work on the iPad.
2014 : John E Wright portfolio award.
2009 : First Prize, Brilliant Book Awards
2010 : Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham
2006 : Escape, London
2006 : The Muse Gallery, London
2005 : Brinkworth House, Wiltshire.
2015 : Evidence, Format Derby.
2014 : Contact Light, Article Gallery, Birmingham
2009 : Foto8 Summer Show @ Crane Kalman Brighton
2009 : Foto8 Summer Show, Host Gallery, London
2009 : AOP Open Exhibition 2
007 : Interruptions in time, London Gallery West
2004 : Embedded, M.A. Final exhibition, London.
2004 : Selected student work from BA and MA Photography, London Gallery West.
2004 : Reduced, 200 artists work on a small scale, Century Gallery, London.
2004 : Sino-foreign Photographic Communication Fair, Nanjing. 2003 : So, Far : M.A. interim exhibition, Century Gallery, London.
2009 : Work acquired by the New Mexico Museum of Space History from the Space Lands Series