Meet The Austin Photographer Creating New Narratives With Old Methods
Meet Jade Skye Hammer
Jade has a penchant for the timeless and effortlessly breathes new life into ephemera. When she's not taking gorgeous photos, she's working in the kitchen for Free Lunch making hot meals for unhoused folks in the Austin area. She is style. She is beauty. She is big Aquarian energy.
What are your pronouns?
Aquarius sun, Aquarius rising, and Capricorn moon
"I'm inspired by images, or any art for that matter, that withstands time. I love looking at a moment and not being able to pinpoint the time in which it was taken."
- Jade Skye Hammer
What inspired you to become a photographer?
Honestly, it was a way for me to get into a better high school through a photojournalism tech program. Since then I'm never without a camera.
What work are you most proud of, and why?
A series called 'On the Run.' It was a collaboration with my best friend Arielle. We spent two weeks driving through California creating a new narrative at each stop. This work serves as a visual diary of our creativity + friendship.
Where do you garner inspiration for your work?
I love a good left behind family photo. I'm inspired by images, or any art for that matter, that withstands time. I love looking at a moment and not being able to pinpoint the time in which it was taken.
What is the biggest challenge you've experienced as an artist?
Standing out as an artist. Photography has become a very accessible art form and with technology, everyone can take a photo. I find myself being pushed to create new narratives, use different types of cameras and film, and honestly just get weirder with my work to set myself apart.
Did you set any intentions for 2021?
OH DID I! I have an endless list but here are a few: to be kinder to myself, focus on overall health + wellness, finish a project before starting a new one (queen of starting multiple projects to never be finished), stand up for myself + know my worth both as an artist and a person.
Pick one photograph, and tell us about its back story.
We had spent all our money on the one night at the Madonna Inn. We told them it was our Honeymoon, which to us it was. We spent the whole day changing outfits and roaming around the property. We were absolutely in our own little world, which we often are when working together. This was a moment in between drinking our complimentary champagne and changing into the next outfit for dinner. The bathroom was a work of art itself but this soft moment with the reflections caught in just the right moment created one of my favorite photos. It was shot on an old polaroid which lends itself to the timeless feeling that I live for.
What are your top 5 favorite businesses/places in Austin?
I'll start with a shameless promo for Free Lunch, Oddball Vintage (in Stardust Vintage alongside the one and only Jackson Montgomery Schwartz, MUA + Photographer) is the cutest + ran by true sweeties, Mozarts for the pastries, bottomless iced coffee + the view, Tanzy is stunning handmade silver + gemstone jewelry, Pre-Covid Deep Eddy pool with a journal + book for serious me time.
What advice would you give a younger you?
Take your time, success looks different to everyone, and wash your face every night!
What's your favorite album right now?
Pinc Louds EP by Pinc Louds
P.S. It's Jade's birthday tomorrow. :)
Where can folks find/follow/hire you?