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 9 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 architectual 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 7 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.

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
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  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)

    +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 18:21
    shiga
  16. +hands

    14 January
    +hands
  17. +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
    +nebraska