Lee Towndrow

Lee Towndrow is a designer turned photographer from Canada who has travelled and lived all over the world, eventually settling in New York – where he continues to produce beautiful & interesting work. usually i’d select my favourite images when featuring a photographer, but Lee’s individual projects are so interesting and really deserve to be seen in their entirety. i particularly loved his ongoing series of Paper Portraits, as well as the personal projects Anachronisms No.1 & Anachronisms No.2 – where old men and young kids essentially switch places. No.2 (the one with the kids) is especially beautiful to me, as it was shot on film using only natural light. impressive!

Paper Portraits

“Lee Towndrow was looking for a way to reinvent the portrait. He began experimenting with the colored paper common to photography studios in a more three dimensional way.” – Bransch

Anachronisms No.2

“In these large-scale colour photographs, I construct a series of anachronisms as a means to study intimacy and the fashion image. I’ve been watching the relationships around me changing. When we’re young, we’re unfamiliar with closeness and intimacy, and yet it all comes very naturally to us. And as we age, we tend to distance ourselves from others, choosing in some cases to become personally intimate only with a partner. I was interested in what it might look like when those roles were reversed.”

Anachronisms No.1

“Lee Towndrow has inverted our expectations by casting seniors in the role of a band of youthful, carefree, streetwise hooligans. As a testament to his theatrical and photographic skills, Towndrow’s series is replete with detail, expression, emotion and narrative. We feel like we are part of The Juniors. But do we want to go back and relive our youth?” – Heather Morton

all photographs by Lee Towndrow

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12 Responses to Lee Towndrow

  1. Nia Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    This genuinely made me smile. I really needed to see something like this today! Lee is a fantastic artists and I have so many tabs open right now so I can go through ALL of her work. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Liz Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Wow, I love the stories and composition behind his photographs. Also, his style looks retro and almost familiar, but with a kind of modern touch that I can’t quite put my finger on and that makes it unique. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Robin Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Absolutely love. These are gorgeous!

  4. Sean Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Love this work, thanks for sharing!

  5. Phi Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    The paper portraits are simply stunning.

  6. Elsabe Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    How fantastic are the Anachronisms series? Fantastic.

  7. Katie Friday 21 September, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    I had just started to watch Tiny Furniture on Netflix earlier this evening. What a coincidence that Lena Dunham’s face is the first thing to pop up as I’m doing my daily check of my favourite blogs. Such a lovely portrait of her too. All of these are really wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. kate Friday 21 September, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    love you lady. keep bloggin and i will be thinking of you while i bounce around in the Atlantic. kate closed. ♥

  9. Lili Gabbiano Friday 21 September, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    very very very very very very very very nice….

  10. una Friday 21 September, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Yay Lee & Canada.
    A much deserved spotlight on this artist.

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  12. f Wednesday 26 September, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    LOVE the paper portraits! great find…

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