Jesse Freeman - Artist in Tokyo

Jesse Freeman

I'm an artist in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I am from Baltimore, but have been living in Tokyo for 12 years. I fell in love with literature once moving here and that carried me into films once I understood auteur theory. Understanding that a film is a director’s novel, the pen his camera, and actors his characters, I came to understand that style and prose came from overall shot style and composition. This brought about my expression in three different mediums. The first is photography, I mostly do mostly film in black and white. I self develop, and darkroom print everything I do usually exhibiting in Shinjuku. Commercially I freelance as an architectural photographer. The second is filmmaking, I have written and directed 7 short films holding my own screenings in Tokyo. My films usually arise out of my own problems or curiosities playing more to aesthetic theories of films from the silent era-the 60s. The third is ikebana, I have been studying under the Sogetsu school of ikebana for 8 years. I have branched off and begin doing installation pieces using bamboo. In addition, I write as well reviews, essays, and my fiction film scripts. In all, I basically just have an idea and see which medium is best to express it. For my actual job I am the creative director of Muro Scents Co. a Swedish fragrance company.

My Creations

  1. Jesse Freeman Photo reel

    8 November 2015

    +Collaborated with filmmaker Czar Campos to show my photography in a way that just gets to the point. Please check it out

  2. Swedish Family Portraits

    +shot family portraits of my Swedish friends, inspired by Hammershoi...(click the photo for the set)

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  3. a swedish backyard

    7 July 2016
    a swedish backyard
  4. Pieces

    7 November 2016

    Here is my latest short film titled Pieces that I actually screened at Tacchi Studios last year. Pieces was a dream I had about a man (and his friend) who makes an absurd trip from Ikea home with a mirror he purchased for his girlfriend. It is quite experimental with... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  5. ~

    12 November 2016
  6. +This is a teaser for one of two short films I will screen this Sunday (20th) at Just Another Space in Naka Meguro at 6pm. I use a laundry cycle to metaphor the repetitiveness of life in a realistic Romanian New Wave aestheticized film about a man at a laundry... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  7. +This is a teaser for one of two short films I will screen this Sunday (20th) at Just Another Space in Naka-Meguro at 6 pm. This is a sort of off beat film on social and human interaction.

  8. Two Can Win!

    23 November 2016

    +Here is my short film Two Can Win! (I will upload the Circuital soon). Two Can Win is a commentary on social media and relationships because as much as it connects us, it disconnects us in often the most frivolous ways. This has been an interest of mine in the... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  9. Circuital

    24 November 2016

    +And here is my short film Circuital. Laundry was used a lot as a metaphoric device for life cycles in Japanese literature and film (Shimizu’s 1941 film Ornamental Hairpin best did it) and I touched on them in my first two films Vein (before the character kills himself) and Heart... continue reading (1, 0 images)

  10. Subtle Figuration

    28 November 2016
    Subtle Figuration

    I made camera-less images in the darkroom to further abstract a selection of geometric based photos.

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  11. my 2016 ikebana pt.1

    19 December 2016
    my 2016 ikebana pt.1
  12. my 2016 ikebana pt.2

    19 December 2016
    my 2016 ikebana pt.2
  13. +shots from a recent developed roll
  14. Ritual (short story)

    4 June 2017
    Ritual (short story)

    +Here is the short story that inspired me and Simon De Boer 's comic, Ritual. Wrote this when I was 23 after seeing a man jump in front of a train in Ikebukuro. Kinda ...

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  15. shiga

    16 August 2017
  16. +hands

    14 January 2017
  17. +natural ikebana

    6 March 2017
    +natural ikebana
  18. A short documentary I shot in Amami Oshima on an ancient mud dyeing technique exclusive to the region that is applied by the fashion brand Beaugan designed by Christopher Dorian Hancy. The brand is based around sustainability which is an indication of good design, especially in our time, in any... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  19. +nebraska

    9 May 2017
  20. +some structures and space

    18 October 2017
    +some structures and space
  21. +architecture & gf

    3 December 2017
    +architecture & gf

    +the crappy switch to panorama mode on a 1000 yen junk camera was accidently on when i took these, masking half of my film negative....can't do anything with these pho...

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  22. Tuesday, adj.

    13 December 2017
    Tuesday, adj.

    +This was my two-man exhibition with Inoue Taku​ over the new year, last year. We will be having another show at the same place this December 29th-Jan 2nd at Fotori. W...

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  23. +my 2017 ikebana, pt.1
  24. +my 2017 ikebana, Pt. 2
  25. +a half an hour on a volcano~
  26. +Something Else I

    24 February
    +Something Else I

    An attempt to say something about my friends and family without photographing them conventionally.

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  27. +Something Else II

    An attempt to say something about my friends and family without photographing them conventionally.

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  28. +3 upside down photos
  29. Bakai PV

    15 March

    +Very short PV I did for my company, Muro Scents Co. Had a buyer/press exhbition in Aoyama recently for our newest scent Bakai, and felt the presentation was lacking so decided to make a short clip that could be looped at the show...the idea of which I got after re-watching... continue reading (0, 0 images)

  30. +Something Else III

    An attempt to say something about my friends and family without photographing them conventionally.

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  31. +Here is my short film, “GENSHOKU” (Primary colors), I shot for the clothing brand Beaugan. Two years ago I shot their documentary in Amami and got full creative control to shoot a short film with high school kids who meet under this bridge in Yoyogi to practice freestyling. The purity... continue reading (1, 0 images)