Interview with Jerome Freeman
A father, appreciator of art, and photography nerd from Maryland. I mainly shoot film because it’s what I started on and I prefer its aesthetics. Sometimes I shoot Polaroids and make emulsion lifts. I’ve been shooting for about 8 years or so. I don’t consider myself an amateur. More of a hobbyist. I’m not out shooting or showing my work as frequently as I believe an amateur should.
Where seems to change often. For a time I found myself seeking out and wandering around abandonments. Houses, warehouses, hospitals. Shooting the space around the abandonment and sometimes depending on how brave I was, inside of it. Shooting in art museums is fun for me, especially on a slow day. I like to see how people interact with the space they’re left with. These days I don’t get a chance to visit the city as much, but If I’m not wandering around Baltimore shooting, I’m at a park or other kid friendly environments. I bring my camera with me everywhere just in case I see something, and in case I get bored.
Can’t remember the year I got into photography. But my cousin, who is also a photographer suggested I get into it. I started toying around with a Holga 135 and learning about the technical side of photography after a few underexposed rolls. I found out about street photography after stumbling upon a local photography group on Flickr.
Besides my daughter, I gravitate towards shooting urban decay and quiet moments on the street and in my life.
It’s a therapeutic and humanizing hobby that gets me out of my head and curious about the lives of others. Being able to experience and preserve the “now” is also a big part of why. I love how the camera is like a time machine for the past. Take a photo of something, then months, years from that photo being taken, things are changed or gone.
© Jerome Freeman