Yet another beautiful image shot by Lee Crum.
If you have a degree in what field is it? College was never so good as my first four freshman years. They were my favorite.
What was your strangest assignment? Shooting a child, for a drug company, that was in a coma (and had been for over eleven years)
Which photographer would you like to meet? Peter Beard.
What famous person (living or dead) would you most like to photograph? The Dalai Lama.
Aside from your camera and lighting, what item could you not work without? Sunglasses.
Is there anything you would not digitally retouch? Most of my work.
From where do your best ideas originate? When I’m laying in bed in the middle of the night.
How do you overcome a creative block? I play tennis.
Do you have creative pursuits other than photography? I love modern architecture. I designed my home in New Orleans.
What music are you listening to right now? A lot of Radiohead.
What’s your approach to balancing work and life? I spend a large amount of time with my family. They are my soul. I also bring them with me on the road as often as I can.
What’s your favorite quote? While hard work pays off later, procrastination always pays off now.
Do you have any advice for people just entering the profession? It’s got to be your passion, otherwise don’t try it. You will ultimately be disappointed with the fact that it is too much business and not enough shooting.
What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started your career? When it would end…so I could pace myself!
Check out this ten-page spread dedicated to Lee Crum in a recent issue of VIE Magazine!
Sallie W. Boyles writes that Crum’s portfolio evokes a bounty of emotions. Some images convey pure joy; others are pensive. Each is poignant and, as seen through the eyes of the photographer, beautiful… Crum delves beneath the surface to connect with his subjects. “I ask a lot of personal questions,” he says, considering it a gift that he relates easily to people. Beyond the pleasure of learning their stories, the photographer gains insights that enable him to expose who they are from the inside out. “The face exemplifies a person’s story and depth of emotions,” says Crum.
To read the full article, please click each image to enlarge:
Below is a fabulous photo Lee Crum snapped of Uncle Lionel last weekend. He is the oldest man still marching the streets of any brass band in New Orleans. At the ripe age of 79, he has been playing the drums and marching in funeral processions and street parades since he was eight years old. Unbelievable! Click here to see Uncle Lionel in action with the Treme Brass Band, which he has been a member of for over thirty years.