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Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Gumbs.

Lee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
A lot of people don’t know this but I was actually born in the Virgin Islands. I moved to Florida when I was 8 years old. My interest in photography started in elementary school when a photo I had taken for a project was chosen to be on display at a local fair. After purchasing my first SLR camera at the age of 16, I was able to learn my way around the many settings on a camera. During my senior year of High School, I was a photographer on the yearbook staff capturing memories that would be with my graduating class for a lifetime. This is where I first got introduced to photoshop and the editing process of touching up photos. Being a dancer since the age of 8, dance photography is a pure passion and focus of mine.

After graduating I began touring with a professional dance company where I would use many of my cast members as subjects to photograph around the world. At the age of 21, I moved to LA where I dance and photograph professionally. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing some of this industry most prestigious dancers dancing on hit shows; Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and for artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, and more. I’m is very excited to see where his path in photography will take him.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create images. I’m obsessed with fashion so I really try to fuse the 2 worlds of movement and fashion together. It’s my favorite type of work to create. I think I’ve made somewhat of a staple because people often tell me they can tell when a photo is taken by me before looking at the credit and I think that’s really cool that my work has its own vibe that isn’t like many other photographers.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I think budgeting was my biggest help when I was trying to find my way to a secure place.

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Image Credit:
Robert Roldan, Emma Portner, Olivia Tarchick, Jessica Allain

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