jrnl: Why not just take a photo?
Jonathan Freemantle: It’s a personal thing I guess. I can’t say absolutely but I know that just taking a photograph isn’t enough for me to be able to understand my vision. So many things that I see are only transformed when I begin to paint them, not even counting the things I can’t see physically. For me painting is a language that I can use to search myself; it is a conversation, an enquiry. The finished painting is in a sense the smallest part of the picture. With a photograph there is less of a journey for me. I love taking photographs though; they are like short films or a haiku. Paintings are the motion picture.