Terry Lee, our new photographer, talks about what photography means to him, hoping that the readers of The Tribe will find his perspective of the world ‘worthy of a good read’.


Hey, this is Terry, your neighborhood friendly photographer who from this point onward will be working for The Tribe. By trade I am what many would call a freelancer, wandering around from organization to organization wherever my adequate skills as a photographer are needed. It was decided fairly recently that I would like to make a nest with The Tribe, having realized that it was an absolute joy to work with in my assignments with St. Andrews’ premier online magazine.

I see myself above all as a recorder, a teller of tales that transpire, yet due to misfortune never find the pen to be written down, a mouth to tell the tale, or even a photo to leave a visual queue. Thus I find my camera to always be a tool that I can depend upon. After all, what tool in the world allows me to better frame the perfect moment, whether it be mundane or unique in its circumstance?



The camera, at least in certain schools of thought of the 20th century was often lauded for its objectivity, its finality and, as Bazin once said, through film (and to a lesser extent the photograph) forcing the metaphorical toreador to die every afternoon (Death Every Afternoon). As a photographer however, the certain demand that photography is a tool for objectivity is a strange one, if not a hypocritical one to make: Is it not true that the very nature of the display of film and photography forces upon the audience a very specific and limited perception of the scene which the screen represents? Does not the photographer edit photos to enhance the sense of realism at the moment in which the lens clicked? Even if the hand is subtle in such changes, isn’t it too to a degree an act of manipulation? Has not every photographer thrown away thousands of photographs that he or she has perceived to be sub par, shelving these pictures in his/her hard drive, if not outright deleting them? Isn’t the very art of telling stories subjective? Is photography, writing or any act of forming a narrative constituted of men and women demanding that their realities are the ones filled with most clarity and holding the most significance?

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On that confusing note I think it may be for the best to rest my case regarding my simple (and probably quite flawed) perception of photography. Perhaps I can conclude, as a certain costumed hero once said, “great powers come great responsibilities.” Whether or not the reality that I present on The Tribe through my works are worth the audience’s time to read, or whether my works are truly objective in their portrayal what I witness I shall leave entirely to my audience.


On a side note, though my primary occupation on The Tribe is to contribute as a photographer, I am looking to expand upon my credentials as a writer as well. If things go well, it is to my hopes that readers of The Tribe will find my perspective of the world worthy of a good read. At the very least, this entry is my first step for this secondary goal as well, and would like to promise that I will say things with clarity (which admittedly I failed earlier in my self-introduction) and to be as honest with myself with both the pen and the lens. If any more needs to be said of me, I believe that too, will be shown in my works in the future.

Until next time, I bid my readers good bye, probably for a little while!


Terry Lee