Q&A: Jesse Freeman


You can no longer speak english, pick a new language. Japanese. I would love to read Kawabata or watch Ozu in Japanese. What was the last crime you witnessed? I often do photography for clubs here in Tokyo, so you see a lot of drugs behind the parties. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? No one…it’s bad karma. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. As an African American, the civil rights movement. Make a prediction for the future. Tomorrow will more than likely come. Your favorite painter? Edouard Manet. What he did at the Salon des Refuses with “Luncheon on the Grass” took a lot. Invent a swear-word. Fuso. It’s a mix between an English and a Japanese swear word. Create the name for a virus that will decimate the population. Fear. How would you dress if you were suddenly an elderly man? Like a 1950s Jazz musician.

What is the next book you want to read? Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. What is the worst thing to happen to a man? Not being able to provide for his family. Who would you never work for, no matter how much they offered to pay? Tyler Perry. Describe a cheap thrill. Cough syrup. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Biotechnology for cancer research. Had a lot of family die from it. Which religion seems most tempting? Hmmmm Buddhism, it seems more tolerant. Ultimate camera? A black Leica MP with a 35mm Summilux double asph. Most used camera? Leica M3. Which living person do you most admire? My grandfather. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Random, but the protagonist in Richard Wright’s The Outsider. He was nothing in particular. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? To finish editing my latest short film.

What is your nationality? American. What nationality would you like to be alternatively? Swedish, they have a high quality of life and a good sense for design. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Honesty…nobody really wants it. What is your biggest regret? No regrets, I try to learn from my mistakes. Summer or winter? winter. Would you like to see more or less political correctness? More, it’s ironic. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Europe. Where do you think the most dangerous place on Earth is? Latin America…a lot of drug money. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Be yourself. They won’t like you anyway.

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