Nationality: South African
City of Residence: Paris, France
"I JUST TRY AND CAPTURE THE MOOD. I ALSO NEVER SHOOT FLASH, ONLY NATURAL LIGHT — AND I THINK THAT MAKES A BIT OF A DIFFERENCE"
The self-taught photographer’s distinctive cinematic style is easily recognized through her pictures, saturated with color, shot only with natural light and dominated by a characteristic edge.
When Lea Colombo first came to Paris she developed her personal style by assisting other photographers while shooting her own stuff on the side. When she got offered to shoot backstage at the runway shows for Dazed & Confused the snowball started rolling.
Lea Colombo moved to the city of fashion four and a half years ago and has since her quite random relocation from the South to the North shot for magazines like Dazed & Confused, Marfa Journal, i-D, Interview, Under the Influence, Sunday Times Style Magazine, SSAW, Elle UK, and Elle China. She has also collaborated with ACNE Studios, Y/Project and Self-Portrait Resort 2016.
Lea Colombo identifies her main inspiration as “life itself”. This quite enormous definition basically involves people, details from her everyday surroundings and definitely; the joys she finds in traveling. Her photographs span from landscapes, intimate portraits of models, skateboarders in Moscow, or haute couture fashion. The only constant is her central technique of juxtaposing chaos and stillness.