Over the past eight years, Tina Freeman has photographed the Louisiana wetlands and Arctic and Antarctic glaciers. In Lamentations, Freeman pairs images from each place in a series of diptychs that address climate change, ecological balance, and the connectedness of things across time and space. Lamentations demonstrates how the rising waters along the coast of Louisiana are both visually and physically connected to the melting glaciers at the poles, despite the separation of vast distances. Freeman's work makes plain the crucial, threatening, and global dialogue between water in two physical states. Lamentations is published to accompany an exhibition of the same name, organized by and presented at the New Orleans Museum of Art, September 11, 2019 to October 11, 2020.

From the Foreword:
“By placing art and images connected to our region into a larger global context, they can be appreciated not only for their compelling visual beauty but also inspire interdisciplinary discussions that bring to the forefront the issues of our time.”

Susan M. Taylor, Montine McDaniel Freeman Director
New Orleans Museum of Art
From the Introduction:

“This project profoundly engages with both its message and its messenger, with both the precarious existence of glaciers and wetlands and with photography itself.”

“Lamentations carries with it associations of mourning, of weeping (a powerful metaphor for the melting of ice), and of what happens in the wake of profound loss. Let us not just wait around to find out.”
Russell Lord
Curator of Photographs
New Orleans Museum of Art


Lamentations in the New York Times

"In one photo, ice floes separate like shattered glass — a world of blue and white, cracking apart. The photo beside it looks almost like a scene from another planet: a marsh overflowing with water, rivulets of deep blue between bright patches of green." Keep Reading

Lamentations on Smithsonian.com

"Understanding the regional impacts of a global problem like climate change can be challenging. Melting glaciers in Greenland or Antarctica cause sea level rise near coastal communities thousands of miles away. In places like New Orleans, for example, about 46 percent of sea level rise is due to ice melting around the globe..." Keep Reading

Hardcover with dust jacket, now in its second edition.
72 pages
ISBN: 9782897501617
Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens of New Orleans' Most Celebrated Estate (Skira Rizzoli, 2015) | Charles Davey and Carol McMichael Reese (Authors), Tina Freeman (Photographer) | 224 pages
The stunning interiors and glorious gardens of New Orleans’s unrivaled jewel and architectural masterpiece: Longue Vue House and Gardens, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed as a national historic landmark, was designed and built between 1934 and 1942 by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman and architects Charles and William Platt for Edgar Bloom and Edith Rosenwald Stern, New Orleans’s foremost mid-twentieth-century philanthropists and civil-rights activists. The mansion and its surrounding eight acres of garden spaces, with varied designs ranging from the formal to the wild, draw upon Southern architectural traditions and native Louisiana flora, even as they echo the contemporaneous garden-design movement that set the stage for the creation of some of the most breathtaking garden estates in the country. Lush photography, supporting architectural drawings, and an informative text bring the main house and gardens to life and establish the estate as an enduring symbol to its creators’ contributions to building a just society.
"Longue Vue is an iconic New Orleans estate that remains an important part of the city’s heritage today as a house museum. . . Stunning photographs of the interiors and gardens are supplemented with architectural and landscape drawings." — Architectural Digest
Available on amazon.com.
Artist Spaces: New Orleans (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, Louisiana Artists Series, 2014) | Morgan Molthrop (Author), Tina Freeman (Photographer) | 144 pages
Artist Spaces: New Orleans provides a comprehensive portrait of the city’s artists and their relationship to space. In more than one hundred extraordinary photos taken by Tina Freeman and more than a dozen artist interviews by Morgan Molthrop, Artist Spaces: New Orleans highlights the spaces of New Orleans art luminaries George Dureau, Ron Bechet, Ma-Po, Dawn Dedeaux, Elizabeth Shannon, Willie Birch, Ersy, David Halliday, Robert Tannen, Elenora Rukiya Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Amy Weiskopf, Keith Duncan, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, and graffiti artist Fat Boy. What results is an indication that each artist's style is often reflected in the quality, character, and aesthetic of their living/working environments—a striking illustration of how deeply personal, all-encompassing, and interconnected are life and art.
“It pays to dive into this artistic pond and quietly contemplate the beauties therein.” — Keith Marshall, Times-Picayune (click for full review)
“A long overdue survey of an energetic—and essential—community of artists.” — William Andrews, Director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Order from: amazon.com
Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms (Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, 1992) | Donald Kaufman, Taffy Dahl (Authors), Tina Freeman (Photographer) | 224 pages
The first lifestyle book to show groups of colors inspired by nature and how they work on the interior walls of 26 homes. Kaufman’s colors are distinctive in that they are designed to capture the nuances of color in nature. The authors reveal their paint-mixing techniques, and recipes for five neutral Donald Kaufman paints are included.
Antarctica (2012) | Photographs by Tina Freeman
 44 pages, softcover, $24.71. Available on blurb.com.
Thinking of a Garden (2005) | Poems by William S. Merwin and photographs by Tina Freeman.
Limited edition, published by National Tropical Botanical Gardens of Hawaii.

Entertaining Celebrations (1999) | Beverly Reese Church (Author), Kristen Petersen (Editor), Tina Freeman (Contributing Photographer)
100 pages. Available on amazon.com.
Visit Tina Freeman's amazon.com author page.
Back to Top