Jeremy Jude Lee
words Zarah Cheng
All images are from Jeremy's portfolio.
Where are you from?
I'm from Vancouver, BC.
What do you do?
I'm a commercial and editorial photographer.
How would you describe your photography?
I actually always avoid trying to describe it because it always changes, and to me, all of my photos look so different. When it comes to taking photos I will snap any little or big thing that interests me, but try to frame the scene to show exactly why I find it interesting. I feel like all I'm trying to do with photography is capture the world the way I see it, so that I can share a little bit of my perspective with other people.
You travel all over the world as a contributor for various publications. Have you ever experienced culture shock?
Growing up my mom had always worked for the airlines, so she took our family travelling to different countries every year. She made it a point to teach us the value in learning about other cultures, and to appreciate the beauty of exploring new places. I have to thank her for curing my culture shock at a young age because now when I travel on my own, all I see is amazement in everything.
You just came back recently from a trip to Hong Kong and Japan. What were some of your most memorable moments from the trip?
This last trip has to be one of the craziest trips I've ever had. Hong Kong is always fun – I go just about every year and it's good to see old friends, make new ones, and visit my favourite restaurants. But as soon as we hit Japan, it was a total flood of new experiences. From the torrential downpour, all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-sing karaoke in Osaka, to the breathtaking temples in Kyoto, to the rush of watching baseball and sumo wrestling in Tokyo, the whole trip was like a whole year's worth of experience packed into two weeks.
You’ve photographed projects for companies like Lululemon Lab, HYPEBEAST, Livestock, and Wings + Horns, to name a few. Can you tell us more about what the creative process is like when working with brands like these?
The process comes about pretty organically. I have been super lucky that a lot of the brands I get to work with are perfectly in line with my own interests. By the time I've gotten to work with the people behind these brands, it becomes more of a collaborative process than anything. For the most part, great brands have an incredibly talented team that I have the pleasure of working with, and the rest comes naturally.
Would you say that you approach commercial and personal photography differently?
The approaches are different, but they both go hand in hand. Personal photography is a total blank canvas. When there is no project in front of you, you get to push your limits, you are forced to experiment, and it is where your photographic style is born and will evolve. Commercial photography is about taking all of the things you have learned, and using your own photographic style to execute the task at hand. For me, one will always inspire the other, in what I hope is a cycle of constant development.
You also shoot videos. What would you say is the most important thing to keep in mind when filming?
My good friend, Kyle, has always told me to think in sequences. It is probably the best piece of advice I've ever gotten. When you are filming, think of how each shot is going to cut with the next, and it will make you see or anticipate everything so much more clearly.
Sushi or Dim Sum?
This is the worst possible question for me - I don't want to pick. Okay fine, dim sum.
Who are you listening to right now?
"Rhapsody in Blue." I'm trying to get my Woody Allen on before I go to New York at the end of the month.
What creeps you out the most?
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