Inspiration: Nikki S. Lee
I remember first learning about Nikki S. Lee in my first photography class freshman year. We were discussing portraiture and the unique ways artists use this format for their work. We were looking at shots from Projects, in which she dressed up as different sub-cultures and ethnic groups using them as an extension of her own identity and had friends or people passing by take natural snapshots of her with a point and shoot camera immersed in these different worlds. I was new to photography and had never seen such work, and her work had always stayed in my mind ever since then.
Nikki S. Lee uses herself to fuel her exploration into identity from appearances/extensions to relationships, other’s perceptions and more. Not only do I like her stylistic approach to her photographs, from the candid snaps to the composed fine art photograph (seen more in her work Parts), but I also admire how she uses Identity as a tool to not only explore herself as a person, but to also understand different identities and what their worlds have to offer.
Fast forwarding to my senior year in college where I was reintroduced to her work, I was more developed as an artist and was able to see that her work had definitely had an impact on my recent artwork as well as my development as an artist without me knowing it. My exploration of identity in my work will always continue to be inspired by this amazing photographer.
Nikki S. Lee is a Korean photographer based in New York. All the images used in this post where found on this website: http://www.tonkonow.com/lee.html