“I like to climb the mountain of creativity.”
Lee is a scientist, an artist, and more importantly a perfectionist and dreamer who has dedicated his life to photography. Lee’s unique vision is spiritual and personal. His subtle but powerful images reveal what we see but never thought, and recognize as the truth. Lee’s images speak to me of natural harmony that flow smoothly and freely, revealing Yin and Yang, music to the soul, the truth and Tao.
Photographer Lee Peterson has a way of documenting his surroundings that is both natural and provocative and reveals the ambiguous reflection of his observing mind. Marvelous stories reside within the borders of his images. In contemplating these images the viewer is as much captured as is the photographic image. With his observant eye Peterson gives us first a reference point in identifying the object – or so we thought. Then takes us in for a closer look catching fleeting moments from our own experiences. Simple things…the beauty of a stone, a motion captured in time, memories reflecting our past. These moments are straightforward bits of time that articulate the everyday world we live in but are too busy to stop and appreciate. As Lee says, “The things that go unnoticed are often the things we need the most – reflections and emotions”.
“I think your love of nature and excitement at the play of light and dark, linear and curved objects, the what is it question in your macro work, and your incredible eye for the artistic image is what attracts so many people to your photography”. Ann Gallon
“As in any form of art, Photography has two major aspects: The Tangible-Technical skill; and the intangible – the mind and the ability to visualize. Very few photographers today mastered in both aspects. Lee Peterson is one of them. Lee is a scientist, an artist and more importantly, a perfectionist and a dreamer who has dedicated his life to photography. Lee’s unique vision is spiritual and personal. His subtle but powerful images reveal what we see but never thought, and recognize as the truth. Lee’s images speak to me of natural harmony that flow smoothly and freely, revealing Yin and Yang, music to the soul, the truth and Tao.”
Lee was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1941. He discovered photography at an early age when a test pilot in Texas gave him his first camera and darkroom lessons, let him use a 3×4 folding camera to make photos of his model airplanes, and encouraged him to “dream a lot”.
From then on the camera became his travel companion. His father’s career kept the family constantly on the move, and before settling into high school in San Diego Lee attended 16 schools in 12 states. This gave him the wanderlust to keep on exploring.
Lee has eclectic interests, and he began early testing them all out. Flying, biking, SCUBA diving and free diving, and surfing introduced him to many photographic opportunities. His science background earned him a position in the military where he worked on photographic engineering projects at Edwards Air Force Base. He developed his own underwater camera housings and strobes and formed Marine Camera Distributors to sell a multitude of systems to professional underwater photographers. He was one of the founders of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society in 1961. He now runs the San Diego Photodistrict community and his own Photographic commercial business. He is still traveling the world over exploring, working, and educating. He is most willing to help anyone at any time find their dreams like the test pilot that set him on his path to dream a lot.
Lee lives in San Diego, California with his wife and their two sons plus four dogs four cats four African tortoises and six box turtles. A terraced yard is the backdrop for lee’s surprising metal sculptures.. His home is a welcoming gallery of the work of his many creative friends.
The Photographers Statement
Although I have been taking photographs most of my life my goal has never altered. My vision of life is a dream and I can use photography to reveal those dreams. My photographic translations can last for years and never seem to be finished. They seem to evolve as I progress.
My photography can be categorized into many styles; street photography and abstract concepts, travel, nature, commercial and advertising, also highly technical styles where custom lenses or set-ups are required. I love the diversity because I am always learning from new adventures. I like to climb the mountain of creativity. I learned from my father that some mistakes are worth repeating and not to be afraid of trying. It is the process of learning and progress that inspires me the most.
I see the world in visual metaphors and moods and through the use of photography record the happiness, sadness, abstraction and concreteness of the world we live on as it hurls in orbit around a star in space.
Peace on Earth or the Earth in little pieces.