In our episode today, Ryan is talking with photographer Fiona Freund. She is looking forward to her upcoming exhibition called Corporate Queer, which celebrates diversity in the workplace and takes art into the world of work. She’s also the founder of Motherworks and a seasoned photographer, with a career spanning over 20 years.
Fiona starts by sharing how she got into photography, as well as the other careers she tried along the way. Both of her parents are photographers so, to some degree, she feels this work is in her blood. Fiona also talks about a holiday she took this summer to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall.
As a mother of boys, Fiona is aware of how any sign of weakness can be dangerous in school. She always encourages her boys to acknowledge and share how they feel. She emphasizes that reaching out for advice is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength. She believes this is something that, as a society, we need to instil in young people more.
Ryan and Fiona dive into talking about the exhibitions that Fiona has been involved in, as well as the upcoming Corporate Queer. She discusses how Motherworks were inspired by her own experience as a mother as well as all the other mothers out there, and celebrates the duality of the life of working mums.
Fiona explains the inspiration for Corporate Queer and the stories that have played into the creation of it. When it comes to social change, Fiona recommends making it fun. If you want to be effective, you need to draw people in. Photos help people relax, connect, and learn, which allows you to convey important messages more effectively.
Fiona’s Website: www.fionafreund.com