Jade Leetz

Jade Leetz is a photographer and painter based in Indiana. Her work has been published in a handful of international, independently run magazines, and will be exhibited in Indianapolis, IN in May of 2016.

If you should describe your photography as only 3 keywords, what would you do?

Present, Longing, Soft.

Above all, I would say that my photography is present. By this I mean that it is evidence of an existing moment or lived experience - a moment or experience in which I was fully aware. I suppose I would also use the world longing to describe it, but that's mostly related to my relationship with the subjects of my photos. As for a third keyword, I might use soft. Not in reference to their textures, but rather to their gentleness.

If there are the reasons why we should take a photograph while we live, what do you say?

I really value the documentation. I think there's something incredible about taking the time to look at something long enough to capture it permanently.

What is the most impressive quotation on photography?

Susan Sontag claims in her collection of essays titled On Photography that "To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them they can never have; it turns people into objects that can by symbolically possessed. Just as the camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a sublimated murder - a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time... When we are afraid, we shoot. But when we are nostalgic, we take pictures." Acknowledging this criticism of photography has been a very mindful practice for me, and it has become far more evident in my work as I consider my subjects' experiences.