Nanette Rae Freeman was a librarian at The Chicago Public Library for 23 years serving community members in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. She attributes her obsession for working with diverse populations to her childhood spent accompanying her father who owned, operated and repaired pinball machines, jukeboxes and vending machines in bowling alleys, funky businesses in garages, and taverns throughout Chicago.

She lost her husband of 25 years in a violent motorcycle accident. Freeman began making art as part of her grieving process. She is sure her husband, Fred Dech, is amused to see her working with found blown-out tires as a photographic material as it echoes their shared longing for the unusual, which they pursued throughout their lives together.

Freeman currently resides in Chicago and Memphis.


A photograph from Two Lanes was selected for Life {Unscripted's} Weekly Top Ten, Theme Visual Narrative for the week of July 19, 2016.

Freeman was the MCA Inspired winner for March 2016.