Whether her subjects are landscapes, portraits or nudes, Jocelyn Lee’s photographs are about beauty and its poignant fragility. The landscapes are not spectacular vistas but quiet places that seem oddly familiar. Sometimes glowing with summer’s light and sometimes covered with snow, they endure through all the seasons of the year.
Lee has also assembled a gallery of people, each of whom is remarkable although none of them is famous. She endows every person with a vivid yet dignified presence. Her portraits are full of implicit stories, suggested by bodies and faces, and made all the more compelling by the fact that her sitters seem absorbed in their own memories and dreams.
With a clear and compassionate eye, Jocelyn Lee encourages us to think about eternal issues such as youth and age, our connections with one another, our relationship with nature, and the place – or places – we call home. She states: “The physical landscape serves as a backdrop on which the human drama unfolds. The photographs allude to the fragility of the human presence in the world. These portraits are a way to look at particular people and the human body as a part of nature, evolving and expressing their identity and place in life’s cycles.”