I’m an Iowa native and former newspaper photographer. My photojournalism career took me to newspapers in Iowa, Wyoming, Florida, Colorado, South Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota and back to Iowa. Now I shoot for fun.

After my untimely departure from the news industry in 2018, I felt lost as a photographer. I started giving myself personal photo challenges in an attempt to find new motivation. One day I assigned myself a 28-day black and white shooting challenge. I loved it! I suddenly rediscovered the joy I once had in photography. I’ve been shooting mostly B&W ever since.

I’m still refining my shooting style in my post-newspaper photography journey. I find myself gravitating towards minimalism, both in shooting style and photography gear. I currently do all of my photography with a compact camera with a fixed 35mm equivalent lens. I admire work by other photographers that feature simple but strong compositions that make good use of lines, shapes and light. I feel happiest when I can incorporate that into my own photographs.

I may still shoot an occasional color photograph. And I’m sure my shooting style will continue to evolve and change. But for now I enjoy exploring the world in B&W.

Thanks for visiting!

Jim Lee, Photographer

Me in my previous life as a newspaper photographer


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