Jenna Putnam

Jun 20th, 2017

Jenna Putnam


Jenna Putnam is a photographer and writer splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York City. Her first book of poetry and prose titled “Hold Still” will be released in Autumn of 2017.

Tell us about the images that we’re featuring?

These images are a collection of recent portraits, mostly of friends and artists.

How does technology affect your photography?

I despise technology in many ways. It complicates things for me. I prefer my shoots to be pretty bare bones, I like everything to feel natural. I learned on a hand-me-down film camera with a broken light meter and counter, so I learned not to constantly check a screen or over analyze my work. I like lighting setups to be made with old cinema lights or shop lights. I can’t stand it when people blab about how many megapixels are in a camera or whatever. Technology is not what makes a good photographer…if anything it’s ruined the art of it.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on my first book of prose/poetry/stories titled ‘Hold Still’. It’s going to be released via Paradigm Publishing in the fall. I’m also coming up with ideas for my first short film.

Why did you start taking photos?

I love documenting life and people who I find intriguing. I think it’s very interesting to photograph people in different phases of their lives. I have a few friends who have become muses to me and think that’s such a special relationship.

How do you determine if a work has been a success?

I don’t really know how to determine that. I think a work has been a success if it inspires someone, if it causes them to revel in a certain feeling, if it changes their day. I think ultimately the reason we seek art is to enrich our lives.

What other forms of art inform your work?

Music. Motion Pictures. I’ve always been impacted by great films, documentaries, old album covers. Music is an incredibly important aspect of my life. I think it’s the most powerful of all art forms and has inspired many things about my work.