Joanne Leah’s Erotic Life

Posted July 26th by in Interview, Photography

Brooklyn based photographer Joanne Leah’s subjects are oft nude, covered in mysterious fluids, chewing on fruit, and are contorted in strange reposes all in a landscape of fleshy, supple genitalia. In Leah’ private, erotic Eden, sex is native and desire is portrayed like some kind of primordial, dionysion ceremony. There is also a certain longing in Leah’s photographs that paint a portrait of loneliness in post modernity that is both romantic and haunting. See interview and more photographs after the jump.

PAS UN AUTRE: When did you first start taking photographs and why?

JOANNE LEAH: I started shooting Polaroids of my girlfriends during middle school slumber parties. We wore red lipstick and used a white sheet as the backdrop. We tried to act cool or sexy and document it. While I was studying design in college, I picked up an old 35mm camera for a class. I photographed my friends and my environment with little consistency. Years later, I started experimenting with webcam self portraiture. I eventually bought a decent DSLR and started shooting myself nude. I have now moved on to photographing other people, using both digital and film equipment.

AUTRE: Can you remember your first photograph?

LEAH: A Middle School Polaroid of a friend wearing red lipstick and a black hat.

Visit Joanne Leah’s website to see more. Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre.

AUTRE: What does erotism mean to you?

LEAH: Seduction, ritual and anticipation.

AUTRE: Favorite part of the human body?

LEAH: Fingers.

AUTRE: What goes through your mind as you look through the viewfinder?

LEAH: How can I communicate myself through this person and communicate this person through myself?

AUTRE: Biggest inspirations or influences?

LEAH: My gut. My surroundings. The light. My subjects. My best friends: Publicfruit, Groovylab and Kevin Kay.

AUTRE: Whats next?

LEAH: Tomorrow

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