Lee has worked in a range of creative fields – photojournalism, stock photography, interactive media, web design and creative writing. Returning now to his first love, photography, he is exploring how far he can push the algorithms of the digital image.
Recent shows include Industrial Abstraction at Soho Photo Gallery, NY, a selection from TrainPans in a show at Mirage Gallery, Japan, and TrainPans: GPS, a two-screen digitally choreographed animation with over 15,000 distressed-compression images, at Creative Tech Week 2018. Work from his 2019 series Clipping Suburbia – Japan has been included in various juried exhibitions, most recently Exposure 2021 at Photographic Resource Center.
I got hooked on seeing through the viewfinder at age 11. Today, the tech may be new, but my urge to document – to fix impressions of fleeting moments – remains undiminished. What has evolved is my understanding of the frame.
The act of framing is integral to how photographs are realized and yet is so seminal as to be almost invisible. In photography we give a piece of the real-world context by ‘framing’ some little bit for examination. But in the world gone digital, where every moment is connected, contextualized and actively reinterpreted, is the inherently static nature of photography’s framing metaphor an anachronism?
I find that digital tools enable me to inject some of these very modern qualities of impermanent connectedness into the images I’m making – that breaking down the photograph’s algorithmic fabric provides new ways to explore content, expanding both the physical boundary and the spatial-temporal moment that it implies.
Artist Curriculum Vitae
My current C.V. is available here.