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12th July 2019 by Sue Jennings

Community Spotlight – Lee Brown – Photographer


We are very proud of our Beam Works co-working community at Castleton Mill, they are a wonderfully diverse big bunch of talent!

One such member, our resident photographer Lee Brown has been with us since the start of the year and when he’s not watching the beautiful game or an indie film, he is taking some awesome shots for a living.

As a teenager Lee could be seen at gigs in his home town of Scarborough documenting his love of music with a disposable camera in hand … at 19 his dad bought him his first combo camera on the family holiday to New York and he was hooked! With photography as his passion, Lee started a Nursing course at Hull Uni shortly after, where he was diagnosed with dyslexia in his third year after struggling with the academic side of the course.

In that time, Lee had developed a real fascination for forensics (probably due to watching far too many episodes of CSI as a student!) and searching for an opportunity to combine his NHS training with photography, he looked for a route into forensic photography. Lee had by now moved to Leeds from Hull and was offered a job in Radiology or a place on a photography degree course at Leeds College of Art. Of course he chose the photography course!

During his degree, Lee began to assist photographer Guy Farrow in his studio and it is this experience that taught Lee how to work in a professional environment shooting fashion, film, sport and portraiture.

5 years ago, Lee finally decided to take the plunge and move away from assisting and supporting himself with a variety of part-time jobs and launched himself as a freelance photographer in his own right. Since then, Lee has worked with many clients including Channel 4, The Guardian, Big Issue North and most recently Rouleur Cycling Mag, another one of his passions!

Lee has an impressive portfolio of corporate clients in both advertising and editorial work and a passion for pursuing his personal creative projects. A massive Leeds United Fan, you will find Lee’s work in Square Ball Fanzine and he is currently working with Hyde Park Picture House documenting their community of customers, workers and volunteers.

We asked Lee about his experience as a member of Beam Works our freelance community here at the Mill:

‘I moved into Beam Works at the start of 2019 and it has made a huge difference to me, it has helped me to feel more professional as a freelancer and as a result I have been able to expand my portfolio and build up my own work. The Mill is a great place to work from, with a lovely and supportive community and that doesn’t just include the freelancers, the other business at Castleton Mill provide support too, from hiring me for a shoot to sitting down and helping me develop my business’.

You can find out more about Lee’s work by visiting his website



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