British poet Jeremy Reed comments on McLeod’s ongoing collaboration with Almond,
“In many ways Mcleod is Marc Almond’s perfect photographer. Imaginative, dispensing with obvious visual props, willing to create daring backdrops and to interact with his subject’s obsessions, his gift is a rare one of empathy. In photographic terms the visual equivalent of the French writer Jean Genet. His fusion of gritty street reality with acute lyric sensitivity brings his subjects vitally alive in a way that no other photographer has done since Mick Rock or Brassai”.
The artist Val Denham is quick to also point out,
“these photographs by Jamie McLeod are not candid snapshots; they really are art in its purest form. They have taken a great deal of thought and work to bring them into being, as does all art. They are like tableaux that have been posed to perfection, with an emphasis on colour and composition at their core. McLeod sometimes uses props to create alternative atmospheres, even working on top of the taken photograph to bring into being the image he wants. This artist’s hand never subtracts from the essence of the subject that he wishes to immortalise. These are images that are subversively seductive in their representations of dreamlike imaginary worlds; they entice the observer with their androgynous beauty. These are camera ghosts preserved in a poet’s absinthe and they have no set time frame; perhaps from fin de siècle Paris, or perhaps from the distressed dark future? There is a dichotomy between the ultra-slick skill of the graphic eye and the brutalism of the rebel’s frenzied hand wielding both a flick knife and a paint brush to the sound of a demon in red velvet. Long Live Art”.