These Photos Capture London Life Like You've Never Seen It

Michael Lee's work elicits the true meaning of the word photography: painting with light. At a first glance his photographs look like expressionist paintings. Beyond the formal similarities, Lee identifies with an avant garde mode of production in that he is able to transcend established rules and regulations. He explains his practice on his website:

 

“According to all official manuals, the camera must remain fixed, preferably on a tripod, and the subject matter stationary to avoid distortion and ghosting.

It is the possibilities within these distortions and ghostings which interest me.  Rejecting the stillness and introducing chance and performance to the process has allowed me to build a unique art form.”

 

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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Between the figurative and the abstract

His blurred images show the frenzy of the streets of London, the movement and the lights draw random coloured shapes across the page. Some of the work may even look photoshopped, but Lee does not use editing software.

 

“All my photographs are created on site and in-camera.  It is crucial to me that they are not re-worked in any image software.  Only adjustments to light, dark and cropping are made on computer afterwards.  Each one is made using a technique that contradicts the proper functionality requirements for High Dynamic Range imagery.”

 

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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© Micheal Lee

(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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© Micheal Lee

(Photo: Michael Lee)

© Micheal Lee

(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

© Micheal Lee

(Photo: Michael Lee)

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(Photo: Michael Lee)

You can find more of Lee's work on his website, Instagram and Facebook page.

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