Artist
Simon Lee Ipswich, United Kingdom

Simon Lee is interested in the things that get ignored, go unnoticed or are simply too 'everyday' to be picked up by most people as they continue with their busy lives. Never posed or modelled, his work shows the humanity within each of us in all its frailty, strength, humour, hope and oddness. His strong personal vision of the world and its inhabitants allows him to take candid photographs on the streets, in shopping centres, and around the countryside of our world. His ethos can be summed up by fellow photographer Matt Hardy: "Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

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    About The Artist

    Simon Lee is interested in the things that get ignored, go unnoticed or are simply too 'everyday' to be picked up by most people as they continue with their busy lives. Never posed or modelled, his work shows the humanity within each of us in all its frailty, strength, humour, hope and oddness. His strong personal vision of the world and its inhabitants allows him to take candid photographs on the streets, in shopping centres, and around the countryside of our world. His ethos can be summed up by fellow photographer Matt Hardy: "Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

    Artist Statement

    These pictures are my personal, candid photographs taken on the streets, housing estates, shopping centres and countryside of our world. I'm interested in the things that get ignored, go unnoticed or are simply too 'everyday' to be picked up by most people as they continue with their busy lives. As such, my photographs are never posed, modelled or collaborated...or at least only unwittingly.

    There are two quotes that always come closest to encompassing my thoughts and beliefs around candid/street photography. The first touches on why and how we do what we do;

    "Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph" - Matt Hardy

    The second is really a reminder to myself, when pointing my lens toward a scene and feeling that slight pang;

    "Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure" - Tony Benn.

    My only true intent for my work is to show the humanity within each of us with all its frailty, strength, humour, hope and oddness.

    I hope you find some recognizable element of humanity within these photographs.

    Artist Background

    University of London
    Bachelor of Arts, 1996

    Acrylic Glass Print

    Archival photographic print face-mounted on the back of .25" thick acrylic glass. The high gloss acrylic enhances the depth and vibrancy of the image, and has polished edges. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Aluminum Print

    Archival, high gloss print on 0.05" thick aluminum. Aluminum prints are lightweight and durable. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Canvas Print

    Gallery-quality giclee print on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick edges, and edges are finished white. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Framed Fine Art Print

    Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Simon's Work

    UGallery 11/27/2012 | 2:53 PM

    Hey Simon, Welcome to UGallery! Hopefully, being on UGallery will be a little bit more fun than going to school ;) You can check out our blog post about your new work here: http://blog.ugallery.com/post/36570639119/new-artist-spotlight-elena-baker-nan-davis-kelly

    Simon Lee 11/22/2012 | 4:48 AM

    My first day at UGallery, it's like going to school for the first time. Shoelaces done up, check; tie on straight, check; hair combed, check. Ready to spend lunchtime in detention, check. Perhaps I can use those lunchtime detentions to ensure I add some more photographs to my UGallery collection. Thanks so much for having a look. Simon

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