Independent filmmaker, Sup Lee is a native of Korean, has studied of Communication-Media and immigrated in Australia. He officially started to make his first short film after his study. In today he is aware of importance of mobile media such as video and photography. He is excited about mobile creating countless unique images.
Yarra River in Melbourne – One fine day in Melbourne, while I was strolling around near my place, I saw a helicopter flying overhead. I captured it quick and easy. That is the beauty of mobile. Device: iPhone 7
Hello Sup, thanks for joining the interview.
How did you start with mobile photography?
As technology is getting developed, I am aware of not needed to carry heavy and bulky DSLR. Spontaneously I use mobile more and more to capture in any time and any moment. It is a convenient and essential tool for me.
Carlton Garden in Melbourne – The garden was held for International flower and garden show. I found a butterfly on the flowers, then tested how much the smartphone camera was able to close up to the subject. The outcome was great! Device: iPhone 7
What model of smartphone do you use?
I am using iPhone7.
What does inspire your works?
I get inspired by people in general taking a lot of photos constantly with their mobile like a daily routine, I am curious to know what image they capture.
The area is called South Sea, it’s located in the southern part of coastal area in Korea – It is a travel photo I took when I visited my home country, Korea in 2015. I wanted to keep a memory of that beautiful nature. Device: iPhone 7
How do you describe your style?
I do not have any certain form of style, neither want to be categorised yet. There are myriad of way of expressing out even in one particular photo. I might find one day if I constantly takes variety style of shots.
Southbank, London – It was around 3AM in mid night and I wanted to shoot in different vibe, like it was a quiet and desolated moment, even though it was a urban busy area. Device: iPhone 7
Many of your shots show delicate nuances and a sort of soft focus. Are there photo effects you like the most?
Generally we capture moments for keeping memory for future. The soft focus might be related my memory of past when I contemplates. It is like black and white photos for old generation when he/she recurs past. To me photo is a kind of tool to wake up my unconscious memory like a soft and foggy image, it is not that sharp as I want to see.
Melbourne – The subject is blurry, you cannot figure out what it is exactly. A girl stands behind a net whether she is dancing or only holding that pose. It is a metaphorical image, the world sees her in the photo as an artist or only unknown person. It also reflects my state of mind. Device: iPhone 7
What are your favorite subjects and what’s your favorite genre of photography?
My favourite genre is street photo where is our every day life we live in. I like to walk around to see environment while discovering a new photo that is never existed before. It is like playing a treasure-hunt game and it helps observation skill because I have to check out every nook and hidden place in the corners.
What is the process behind your images and how do you post produce your content?
I have been using “Enlight” which has a lot of functions to edit photography. Even it has well arranged menu and easy to learn based on their tutorial as well as it regularly updated.
Melbourne – It is a mise en scène of a dreamy look for my small film project, but suddenly sunlight was strong while sun went down. I wanted to keep that image in my smartphone, instead of a recording video. Device: iPhone 7
Do you have any specific project in mind now?
If there is any opportunity I like to travel world as much as possible, different vibes of places provide distinctive ideas often, and it is related to my favourite genre of photography “street photo”. I want to see my observation skill how I progress in different space and culture.
Thank you very much Sup and keep taking original street pictures!