Jillian Freyer (b. 1989, CT United States) is a large format photographer currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. This past summer Jillian attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art after receiving the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship and just recently received the Stephen D. Paine Scholarship for her body of work, “The Four”. Jillian is completeing her final year studying at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and will receive a BFA in Photography Spring 2014.
Why do you photograph on film?
The time in between making the photo and developing the negative is like revisiting the feeling of spring arriving each year, one has an idea of what it’s going to be like, but like the warmth of spring after a long winter, it’s different than you remember. The inability to perfect what I’m trying to show, allowing me to make the photograph, have something in mind, and still be surprised by the outcome is half the fun.
What is your work about?
I fear I’d forget the heat of summer if it never arrived or the smell of pine needles a month into autumn, phenomena we barely notice until they pass by or are somehow unattainable. Our environments and the people that surround us are constantly changing. As in the moments following waking from a sleep, sometimes we are able to recall and make note of them, others are forgotten.