Christian K. Lee: Cancelled Prom
It’s not often that you get to meet a soldier who is also a photographer and a dedicated film shooter. I had the great pleasure of meeting Christian K. Lee and his work during the Annenberg/Photoville virtual portfolio reviews and much of our time was spent waxing rhapsodic about film cameras. In his free time, when he is not serving as a logistics officer in the Army, Christian’s practice considers communities in central Texas. Recently during Covid 19, he turned his camera towards high school seniors. As he states,”The pinnacle of the school year for many High School Seniors is Prom. In preparation some bought their outfits months in advance waiting for the opportunity to wear it to the highly anticipated event. Due to COVID-19 concerns the class of 2020 weren’t able to take part in it.” He packed up his cameras and made his rounds to photograph students in their evening finest, if only for a moment and memory of what might have been.
Christian K. Lee’s approach to photography is rooted in a Documentary background. No matter what he covers, he’s ultimately interested in the effect it has on people and illustrating that through photography. Currently he’s a Soldier serving in Texas and is always exploring his community looking for stories and interesting people to photograph. Currently he primarily use analog photography as his primary medium of choice.
Lee has held internships at the LA Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and Las Vegas Review-Journal. He is an attendee of the Missouri Photo Workshop, New York Times Portfolio Review, Mountain Photo Workshop and recently he was accepted into a Virtual Portfolio Review produced by the Annenberg Space for Photography and Photoville.
He initially grew a desire to learn photography because he felt that the images he saw of his community was one sided and often didn’t depict the whole truth of his hometown, Chicago. Whatever community he documents he’s ultimately interested in documenting the whole truth.
Facebook: Christian K. Lee
I was motivated to document High School Seniors whose prom was cancelled due to COVID-19. The idea came along after a short conversation with my younger cousin at which time I learned that she would also be losing her prom. I really wanted to do something that not only acknowledged her but the very own Seniors of my community as well. The pinnacle of the school year for many High School Seniors is their Prom. In preparation some buy their outfits months in advance waiting for the opportunity to wear it to the highly anticipated event. This project aims to highlight them.
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