JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
JEROME FREEMAN: I wanted to be a lot of things growing up. At one point I wanted to be a writer, but my grammar blows. Wanted to be a professional skateboarder but couldn’t do much other than varial flips. For some reason I wanted to be a fashion model.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
JF: School. I’m trying to major in photography, learning the history and being able to see the amazing photos photographers like Alfred Stieglitz made in the 1800’s is inspiring. I try to visit art museums every weekend for inspiration.
JC: What are you up to right now?
JF: Finishing up this semester of school as well as thinking up new ideas for photos.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
JF: None, just very supportive people.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
JF: In Columbia, Maryland between D.C. and Baltimore. Being here is making me realize I need to get out! I feel like it’s suppressing me more than shaping me. Although Baltimore has been good for me with my street photography; it’s a great city to shoot… anytime of the year but summer.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
JF: Read a lot of books on photography and watch a lot of documentaries on photographers and painters. It’s all hand in hand. You’re never done learning even though you graduated.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
JF: There is no plan B. Photography or bust!
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
JF: Not important but defiantly something I want. I feel like I haven’t ever been apart of much. I don’t know too many creative people within reach who can give me critical feedback on my work or who I can bounce ideas off of. I’d love to be a part of a creative community just for that. I’m just not in the right area at the moment.