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Jee Young Lee is a korean artist who explores the surreal by creating sets and photographing them, with no digital aspect of the process whatsoever, that is what adds to the astounding effect her work has upon its viewers, myself included. Her work is described:

Young Korean artist Jee Young Lee recently presented her beautiful, surrealistic and Photoshop-free photography exhibition named “Stage of Mind”. The magic happens in the artist’s small 3,6 x 4,1 x 2,4-meter studio in Seoul. The artist builds these highly dramatic, psychedelic and visually intense scenes herself, ensuring that every teeny tiny detail is hauntingly perfect and leaves the viewer in awe.

Jee Young Lee works with such precision that the creation of a set often takes weeks or even months of work. As soon as the otherworldly sets are done, the artist incorporates herself in them in various different ways and takes these stunning self-portraits.

Her work is inspired by her own life experiences and korean fables, in that sense she is inspired to respond to a narrative the way i aim to within my FMP, her responses are beyond imagination and she does incredible things with her tiny studio. I also like the fact she shuns all digital manipulation and therefore her worlds are becoming real, they are true to life in her photographs right down to the complex lighting she creates. Below are a selection of my favorite scenes she has created, i also love how she interacts with her sets herself and takes intimate portraits in them, becoming part of the work as much as it is a part of her life.

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