the creative process: Trev Lee

Hey Y'all!

Today I have the great honour to feature this interview with one of my favorite photographers ever, Trev Lee. I am inspired by many, many people. However, as many of you know by now, I have longed to visit Yosemite National Park for a while. There is something alluring about this place in particular that makes it rise to the top of my list of places to visit. 

From the famous Half Dome and El Capitan, to the incredible Yosemite Falls and the view of the landscape at Glacier Point, I have seen hundreds and hundreds of photos from Yosemite.

Out of all the photos I have seen, Trev's photos are most certainly my favorite. Trev lived in Yosemite for a while and has captured some photos of places in Yosemite that most people never go.  I still have the desire to visit and experience Yosemite for myself, but until I get the chance, Ill probably just look at all of Trev's photos. 

Here's the interview, enjoy:

 Photo by Trev Lee

Photo by Trev Lee

What does creativity mean to you? 

A - Creativity is putting who you are, how you feel, your vision, into your craft - it's being real to who you are, which can be a very vulnerable thing.  I think creativity and vulnerability go hand in hand. 

 

Why do you create and what is the importance of creativity in your life?

A - I create in hope to connect with others, inspire, and encourage.  It's also a really good thing for me to figure out myself as well.

 

What is your camera and lens of choice?

A - My favorite camera and what the majority of my photo have been taken with over the past 8 months is a Pentax 67 medium format film camera with a 105mm f/2.4.  I live film and I love the Pentax 67 - it's all I want to shoot with the rest of my life! 

 

When in your life did you decide that you had to do something creative?

A - I was always pretty creative as a child, drawing and building things, but it all started when I got a camera my sophomore year of college.  I was super shy, had a hard time expressing myself but photography changed that. A camera the perfect tool to express myself and break down my shyness and connect with others. 

 

What jobs have you had over the years in order to make money while you pursued creativity?

A- I have had sooo many random jobs while pursuing photography/a life of adventure.  I have worked at a scrap yard, UPS, was a nanny, a barista, a Special Olympics coach and much more...recently I've have had photography related jobs while doing freelance work but I'm still looking for what I'm meant to do next.

 

Who are 2-4 people/creatives/artists in your "line of work” or otherwise that you look up to, or are inspired by? Where can we find their work?

A - Anna Ehrgott - instagram @annaehrgott / Jonathan Canlas instagram @ Jonathancanlas  These two are currently my favorite film photographers :) 

 

If you could go one place in the world for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go?

A - I'd want to go back to Butte Montana and shoot as many rolls of film as I could of the beautiful people and history there.  I like underdogs and Butte is definitely an underdog. 

 

Where is your favorite place in the world that you have been to? 

A - The Yosemite high country is my favorite place in the world.

 photo by Trev Lee 

photo by Trev Lee 

Describe your aesthetic/style: 

A - I want my style to be honest and real which is why I enjoy shooting film so much.  I rarely edit - just shoot :) 

 Photo by Trev Lee

Photo by Trev Lee

What’s your go-to coffee order?

A - Black coffee

 

Where can people find your work?

http://trevlee.photography/

trevlee.tumblr.com 

 

How can you encourage someone just starting out?

A - Good intentions go a long way - if your creative direction is a positive one, it'll do well. 

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I hope y'all enjoyed this interview. It is one of my favorites so far. 

As always, I love connecting with y'all, so send me a comment or email with your thoughts about this interview or others. 

If you, or someone you know, should be interviewed for "the creative process", send me an email. I want to hear about what you create and why you do so. 

Thanks for reading, more to come. 

All my best, 

Ben