Q&A: Jillian Freyer — 42 Wayne


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Really just trying to not waste time worrying and have less expectations and parameters for my own experiences, to be more open and enjoy the mundane. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Probably the same thing that baffles the older generations, that so many people waste their time and effort on social media or performing an image rather than just living for yourself rather than the projection of oneself. What is it that interests you about photography? My first interest is storytelling and people, and photography brings me closer to each of those things. Photography allows me to get close to people both physically and psychologically. That and it’s ability to tell a kind of truth, a story that involves my hand but the unexpected and unpredictable as well. What is the worst thing about city life? Pollution for sure. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I love traveling and I would like to travel to each corner of the world. I’d love to go back to southeast Asia, it was magical, and everyone was more kind than I could have imagined.
What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? I believe in quite a bit of the supernatural… Pick a field of science to be an expert within. nutritional science! What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? During my first trip to Italy I was exploring a ton and wandered up the side of a mountain next to a waterfall for about a mile. at the top the path finally leveled out, prior to that I was climbing on all fours up the loose earth. When I reached the top I met a man who had been living in some ruins on the side of a mountain fed waterfall, amongst a ton of animals. He was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I knew it was best that I didn’t have my camera, so I could be completely present. I spent four hours talking with him and I am still in contact. I don’t want to give too many details because I still plan on returning to make some photographs! Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. I love health and wellness. I had a lot of health issues growing up and have since healed myself through educating myself because I was desperate and in need of a solution– I love passing on the knowledge when I can. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I’m not sure about the most important photo, but a few important films are Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (a favorite since I can remember) and Time of The Wolf or White Ribbon my Michael Haneke. How often do you take other people’s advice? It’s an acquired skill to know which advice to take and which to leave — but it depends on what it is regarding, though I would never disregard advice from someone without weighing in on what they are saying, i’m a libra, what can i say!

Describe a personal hell. Trying to sleep on a muggy summer night with sticky sheets and no fan, on a fifth floor walkup…. Which living person do you most admire? I’m really inspired by my fellow females these days — and those who speak up and speak out about experiences, traumas in effort to bring more transparency for the sake of discussing different truths. I feel incredibly inspired to be involved and a part of this kind of community. On what occasion do you lie? I don’t remember the last time I lied, but if I did i’d be sure it didn’t hurt or affect anyone negatively. What was the last crime you witnessed? I’m living in Massachusetts for the summer, and there is a thing called “Cape traffic” that basically creates traffic from Connecticut to Cape Cod in the summer. People have adopted this insane road rage, and yesterday I was sitting in traffic and this person just drove into two other cars, almost rolling his car over. Kind of crazy, there was an undercover cop right behind the aggressor and pulled him over immediately. Can’t lie, it was pretty satisfying ha. What is the best way to educate yourself? By having genuine experiences without expectations… What is the next book you want to read? A Voice and Nothing More Ultimate camera? hm… I’m pretty happy with my gaggle of current cameras but I’d love to not be limited by the elements and have a completely water proof 4×5 or pentax 67, that would be pretty exciting. Most used camera? My Sony A7r, 4×5 and pentax 67 — I like to hop from one to another to keep things interesting! What object do you want? At the moment, a car I don’t have to worry about dying! I currently own a serious piece of junk, it would be nice to own something that isn’t more than 15 years old haha. What object do you need? Probably the same answer as above, and maybe a grant, thats sort of objecty. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A tool more ingenious than the worlds best library, maybe. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? yea! I’m currently nerding out because I just learned how to do a handstand, quite proud. Describe a cheap thrill. Some sushi, a bike ride and a gin and soda to top it off. and maybe a stock pile of walking dead episodes to watch 😡  Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to.  Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes.  Which talent would you most like to have? I like to write but I wish I could write with a bit more ease. Specifically about my work. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Organize my studio a bit more, transplant some plants, do some writing, send some emails and get outside and throw a frisbee around maybe 🙂

Jillian Freyer (b. 1989 Connecticut) holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the John Ferguson Weir Award. She has exhibited her photographs internationally and has work in the exhibition, The Way We Live Now at the Aperture Foundation, which opens on June 27 and is up until August 18, 2018. Additionally, Jillian has work in the show, Unbecoming, which will open at David Zwirner in New York (July 12, 2018) followed by an iteration of the exhibition at LTD los angeles (August 2018). Jillian’s work employs still and moving images to address the commingling of experience as touch and emotional and physical endurance performed through female bodies.

To see more of Jillian Freyer’s work visit — website / Instagram.