Petra Leary Artist Interview

Petra Leary is an NZ born and bred photographer whose work is distinguished by her travels. Petra’s adventurous nature is reflected in her work she tells us what projects have been the most memorable and how obsessed with drones she is.


What do you do? 

 I spend my time skating, playing call of duty, lighting fireworks, climbing things and wandering the streets in the real world and on google earth looking for cool places to photograph from above.

What did you have for breakfast? 

 Coffee , La croix and more coffee

 What’s currently on your walls at home?

 It changes up but at the moment I’ve got a piece from Gasp’s end of year show, the letter P from Askews Alphabet from 2006 I think? its the first piece of art I think I ever got haha. the 5boro VHS deck collection (My favorite skateboard series! ), a few random old photocards I picked up in New York, some family photos and a couple of my favourite photos I’ve taken.

 If you weren’t making art/doing what you do what would you be doing? 

I imagine I’d probably just be skating, playing video games, and climbing things.

Current obsession? 

My real obsession is definitely drones, anything drone-related is super cool!

Career highlight so far? 

Hard to choose one but it was pretty rad to make the cover of what ended up being the final issue of Paperboy, it came around by fluke and at the time they needed the photo I was over in Oz but luckily my friend Marie saved the day and found me the file, shoutout to Sam Hartnett for that one too! 

Dream project or collab or both? 

My dream is to fly around all the craziest landscapes across the world filming and taking photos from above with unlimited fuel in some sort of suped out spaceplane with a boss camera built into it and my setup inside the aircraft haha. 

Plans for the future? 

I’ve got some exciting projects coming up this year and some ideas I’ve been wanting to work on for a while but they’re staying under the radar, for now I’m just trying to figure out what country I want to go to next. 

Build your dream concert, 3 acts you wanna see live. Living or dead.

Sean Price, Wu-tang Clan, Joey Bada$$


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