Eddie Lee is an Irish landscape and portrait photographer based in Sligo. The inspiration for Eddie’s work comes primarily from the wild Atlantic coast where he has spent all his life, and Sligo’s Neolithic landscape of mountains, lakes, hills, valleys and cairns regularly features in his work. Eddie is also passionate about night sky and astrophotography, taking advantage of the few clear nights the west of Ireland offers up. Eddie’s work has been acclaimed far and wide, from actor Chris O’Dowd to Astronomy Ireland magazine, and his prints and canvases hang on walls in several continents including the Irish Embassy in Bucharest.
A successful musician all his life, Ed describes his full-time pursuit of photography in the first Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, as “bit of an epiphany – it was like I’d been waiting for this chance to be free to go and photograph the night sky and the Sligo landscape. I know it’s been on my doorstep but I’d always been otherwise preoccupied!”
Since 2020 Eddie worked on photography projects for a huge variety of organisations and individuals, including Sligo Walks, promoting Sligo as a tourist destination worldwide, VHA Architects, the Heritage Council, The White Hag brewery, Athrú Whiskey (Lough Gill Distillery) and Sligo Credit Union.
He also started his portrait photography career with a very colourful portfolio including singer Mabel Chah, writer Kieran Devaney, dancer Maeve Foley and actors Brían F. O’Byrne and John Carty, sculptor Barra Cassidy, model Olive Wanjiru and poet/model Christine Henneman.
In 2022 Eddie attended photographic workshops with top photographers in Norway (BG Landscape Tours) and La Palma (Fotodidacta) and also previously studied with Polish surrealist photographer Damian Drewniak, who he cites as a major influence.
Eddie’s first solo exhibition took place July/August 2021 in the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo and Eddie was the principle photographer on the RIOT (ReImagining our Town) project in Sligo.
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