My guest today is Jimmy Lee from the UK. After losing his job, Jimmy decided to start making a difference in his community by using his camera as an effort to ‘do something for nothing’. Things led to another and a couple of exhibits and a few clients later, he is determined to make this photography gig his full time job!
Jimmy started out as a street photographer/documentary photographer but due to circumstances he is now a full time freelance photographer.
He has transferred his passion and eye for street to commercial work such as events, weddings & various commissions.
His years working in construction have given him the knowledge to create images and document ongoing works for various construction companies around the UK.
In his short time as a photographer he has been heavily involved in the community where he has always lived in East London, this has unintentionally opened many doors and given him some great opportunities to work with great people, including the chance to mount 2 exhibitions.
One was a street photography exhibition which was visited by the legendary David Bailey and his most recent exhibition consists of images he has made while documenting a local care home mostly of people with dementia, he aims to show there is still a quality of life to be had even with this terrible disease, the images are displayed around the home to allow the relatives to see those brief smiles and moments that their loved ones still have at times.
He was on the street hunters list of street photographers to watch for 2017, he was also shortlisted down to the last 10 of 3000 for London Live news competition.
His goal for the future is to carry on with some large scale photography projects & combining his street style with his commercial work to give his images for clients a different feel.
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