Lea Colombo is no stranger to the unexpected. Whether it’s relocating from her hometown of Cape Town to travel halfway around the world to Paris, cleverly associating herself editorially with books like Dazed & Confused and i-D, or capturing the backstage melee of mega-shows like Celine, Chanel, Dior, and Prada, the demure, self-taught photographer has cultivated her natural, color-infused style of fashion portraiture into a lane that is all her own. What’s distinct about Lea’s taste is her ability to organically catch the raw allure of her subjects. It then makes perfect sense that in her rapid ascent to critical acclaim she has newly aligned herself with creative agency, Streeters. We reached out to the witty, promising star for our new Quick Questions series to find out a few things on her mind.
What do you miss most about Cape Town?
How are you when it comes to the casting process?
Involved. Needy and greedy. But overall nice. I’m nice.
When did you define your aesthetic?
Studio or on location?
Both or a mix.
What’s the best thing about living in Paris? Visiting New York?
I just live there for the croissants, but I recently discovered that I’m gluten free so now I have to move to New York.
Fave piece of clothing?
My black hoodie and red socks
Favorite person: dead or alive?
What would you be doing if you weren’t a photographer?
A dolphin care keeper. Or maybe a librarian since I wear glasses.
What’s a place you’re dying to visit for a photo shoot or just to relax?
Instagram or Snapchat?
Instagram – snapchat is for people with too much time on their hands, like 12 year olds.
Be sure to check out Streeters new Instagram handle for photography, @streetersphotographic!