Frances Freyberg: Following her passion for photograhy around the world
There seems to be a Menlo Park meme: Young person finds success at a local tech giant only to decide that cubicle culture, no matter how well-paid, is not for them.
So it was with Menlo-based photographer Frances Freyberg
, who steeled her nerves and jumped feet first into her two passions — travel and photography. Her first self-assigned project was to travel around the world, photographing everything she found interesting. Working with a pocket-sized camera, Frances produced a remarkable tome, Around the World in 30,000 photographs
, recording her journeys to 45 countries.
"Through my photographs, I hope to educate people about our world, and inspire them to get out and explore it for themselves — whether that means traveling to another country or simply walking around a new neighborhood in Menlo Park," she says. "Photographs have inspired so many of my own adventures, and that's what I hope to do for others. For example, if my photo [above, photographed at Allied Arts] leads someone who's never visited Allied Arts to go check it out for the first time, I'll have accomplished my goal.
"Whether abroad or at home in Menlo Park, I seek out scenes that express the beauty, excitement, humor and diversity of our world, and I try to convey those scenes in a way that expands a viewer's perspective, challenges their assumptions and shows a familiar subject or location in a new light."
Frances has begun to attract critical acclaim for her work and is now represented by the Portola Art Gallery
. Her work is currently on display (until June 30) at Mike's Cafe, 150 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.
"Dahlia, Allied Arts
" photograph by Frances Freyberg. Used with permission.