GRACE ANN LEADBEATER: RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND

Grace Anne Leadbeater uses photography to document her own emotional expedition— capturing moments as to preserve the memory of their existence, in this very moment.

“As a child I believed that I had to reach out and grab time with my two hands and hold it down like one would with a wounded doe as to not let it escape, for it could injure itself further. This notion has not left me, and the flux often leaves me sore. I find myself reaching far and wide just to gaze at something or someone a little bit longer. To feel things for a little while more. There is this fluidity surrounding me and I can sense it rising with each year, and while I try to bend with it, I tell myself that the now now now is what I want. After all, by design it’s supposed to be that way.”
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I’m not equipped with scientific terms. I just can’t make myself appear more intelligent than I am. And while I do become mute when it comes to the methodical, I can tell you and show you what I see—how the color red startles and invigorates me, how the light running along my friend’s face is something I could look at forever.
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These images are mainly a collection of my own emotional expedition—of what I probe at incessantly because I’m so in love with everything I get close to. There is a pattern to everything I am drawn to, from people who look at me for longer than what is considered acceptable to structures that simply won’t give out. Their perseverance to remain in these holes of the now is something I am not only captivated with but also cling to. I compare the alive to the inanimate and it all becomes so beautifully present. Often I find myself looking at things and thinking, “You are here, looking at this right this very second.” And then I feel the inclination to pull out my camera because I want to remember what that very second felt like. I know that one day I’m going to miss it so much.
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– Grace Anne Leadbeater
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“Right This Very Second” is an ongoing series.
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Grace Ann Leadbeater (b. 1991) is an American-Canadian photographer and writer who resides in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Photography with a minor in Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. While attending, she completed her senior thesis in Lacoste, France. Her work investigates the parallels within public and private spaces. She’s also a ceramicist and tries to stray away from learned words.
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See more of Grace’s work on Instagram and Tumblr.
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