Native New Yorker and professional photographer Leland Bobbé works in the fine art and commercial field. His series “Half-Drag – A Different Kind of Beauty” delves behind the facade of drag queens, offering us a unique glimpse behind the make-up, whilst opening room for discussion on gender identity and gender roles. Influenced by the music he listens to, Bobbé compares his photographic style to rock and roll: very bold, simple and in your face, while Miles Davis has shaped the mysterious touch of his images. For more about the photographer, check out the interview below and visit his website www.lelandbobbe.com.
Whom do you look up to?
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I would describe myself as someone who using photogrphy as a medium is able to share his vision with the world.
How did your photographic career start? What made you want to become a photographer.
I decided to become a photographer when I started to see things that I found compelling enough to want to capture. My career started when I got a job as a full time assistant to a successful commercial photographer in NYC.
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
The ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create new ideas.
What`s your favourite quote?
I’m astounded by people who want to “know” the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown (Woody Allen).
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Make sure to develop a personal style and be prepared to struggle.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
My biggest challenge is to stay motivated and to keep moving forward with new and creative projects.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
I wish I knew that talent doesn’t always relate to dollars.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
Not yet . . .
All images © Leland Bobbé
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