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Mike
Lee
United States of America
What interested you about becoming a photographer?
– I fall in love with the impossible, and catch the improbable. Photography and writing are a means to capture those expressions so often missed in an urban walkabout. I believe in the constant moment, where usually a simple expression or gesture speaks with a clear voice in a universal language.

Where do you find inspiration to make your photographs?
– I realized early on that the mind, the eye, and the camera all serve as an parts of an invisible mirror. The city provides a canvas, and the subjects are there to be taken as reflections which future viewers may find within these images inspiration and as signs of hope in the postmodern world.

What do you most like to photograph?
– People in the morning, still half-asleep and hopeful for the day. The magic that is hidden in the seeming mundane in the urban dynamic, often missed by passers-by. The city, the architecture and its relationship to the human element. Above all, I am here to tell a story through my work.

Who are your favorite photographers?
– Gerda Taro, Alexander Rodchenko, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lee Miller, Robert Frank, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Ted Croner, Helen Levitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier. I also am influenced by painters. Edward Hopper and Henry Ossawa Tanner, in particular.