Small Talk with Lindsey Lee

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I think analog is the best, and it always will be.
Light and chemicals creating images is pure magic.

In a few words tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a visual artist based in Austin, Texas who shots film and digital images of mostly young women.
When and how did your passion for photography?
My dad shot a lot of family photos, and I started commandeering cameras and experimenting when I was younger.  When I moved to Austin to go to college, I began branching out and contacting muses to collaborate with, and it evolved from there.
How would you describe your style?
I usually refer to my photos as real.  As in, you can really imagine this imagery playing out in life, but it’s such a in-the-moment moment that it’s almost impossible to remember.  I like incorporating a lot of symbolism in my imagery and capturing powerful women making decisions free from constraints.
Describe how a project start.
My projects start with a shoot concept or a muse.  I either build out the concept and find the muse, or create a concept that is based on the muse.
What do you think about while doing a shoot?
This year I’ve begun shooting a lot more professionally: lookbooks, social media content, etc., and it has influenced my personal projects in that each shot feels very deliberate.  I will pair interesting locations with the model and then dance in the moment and see what happens before giving the model some secondary instruction.  I like to shoot the shot, and move on, spending too long on the same pose feels very inorganic, and I think that can be telling in the final images.
Post production: how important it is and how it affects your work?
It really depends on the project and whether I’m shooting instant film, 35mm film, or digital.  My film work has very little editing usually just color correction, where as some digital projects have more manipulation added in post-production.
Analog vs digital: what can you say about?
I think analog is the best, and it always will be.  Light and chemicals creating images is pure magic.  Well, it’s actually more scientific than magic, but it feels like magic to me.
Tell us a funny story that happened during a shoot.
Recently I showed up to a lookbook shoot where I was interviewing the designer and shooting some behind the scenes photos.  After interviewing the designer, I went to grab lunch, and then came back to shoot behind the scenes once the lookbook shoot began.  I was waiting for the model and stylist to walk out, and when they did it turned out to be two of my best friends.  We laughed and hugged and still can’t believe the odds.
Thank you Lindsey.