Based in the Crossroads Arts District in KC, photographer Cameron Gee explores his craft through both commercial and personal work. Holding his images to a minimal aesthetic in an attempt to slow people down in our fast-paced digital world, Cameron offers a glimpse of a genuine version of his subjects, as opposed to a constructed persona.
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What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
I'm inspired by the diverse and adventurous people who live in Kansas City. People who aren't afraid of failure push me to create something that goes beyond being safe or mediocre and becomes great.
When and where are you happiest?
What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
It's not where I am as much as who I am with.
What is your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
It's hard to think I've been there yet.
What's your most treasured personal possession?
I'm not sure if this counts as a personal possession, but my dog Bindi is my favorite asset. She is a three- and-a-half-year-old German Shepard/Belgian Malinois mix. Her bark is far louder than her bite, and she quickly becomes the main focus of any shoot in my studio.
Who's your favorite fictional hero?
Currently Ron Swanson, from Parks and Rec. He has an outstanding mustache and a great grasp of life.
Who do you most admire in real-life?
I'm not a big fan of cheesy answers, but my father is the most selfless and kindhearted man I've ever met. He sets an impossible standard to live up to; I'd be happy if one day I could be half the man he is.
What's the most rewarding aspect of doing what you do?
My favorite part of working as a photographer is getting to work with so many diverse and talented people. In one week I could shoot an architect, a sculpture, a chef and a musician. Each one of those shoots is a new challenge and a new opportunity for me to learn from someone who excels in their field. It never gets repetitive, and I think that's a big part of what drives me.
When you're looking to immerse yourself in the local creative culture, what do you do?
When I'm planning for my next shoot, and I get the photo equivalent of writer’s block, I like to go out and see live music at a number of places. I can't sing at all, so getting to see people who excel in music inspires me, pulls me out of my head and helps me find a fresh perspective.