Photographer, Sam Lebib for Tuesday Vintage
Feature by Danni Jackson
“Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped, she probably thought she'd fly” - Jeffrey Eugenides
When we first saw Sam’s recent shoot for Tuesday Vintage it instantly brought us to a world reminiscent of Sophia Coppola’s film The Virgin Suicides - But he could take you anywhere..
A 1970’s dreamy suburbia, ordinary houses on a tree-lined street with beautiful girls that leave you wanting to know more. Each photo triggering a question, we were completely mesmerised by this shoot and left feeling intrigued. Featuring some of our favourite vintage pieces to date, taking cues from the green in the trees and brown leaves on the ground, Sam takes you to a neighbourhood at the beginning of Autumn where it appears that there is much more than meets the eye.
Sam is one interesting dude, as he reveals in our chat with him below. We are very excited to see more of his upcoming work!
Tell us a little about you, what was life like growing up?
- I’m 19 years old and originate from North Sudan, Africa. Life as I can remember was peaceful and somewhat consisted of ignorance and an innocence I cannot describe. I moved to Australia when I was a young boy so to an extent I grew up not knowing essentially what I left behind. And how lucky I was, it was a carefree upbringing, moulded by the death of important individuals, and the harsh reality of life lessons.
Was it a journey to find your place as an artist/photographer or something that came naturally to you?
- I guess the journey that came most difficult was the period between December where my inspirations were lacking in aspects of life that needed me to flourish in a creative sense, and I did have a brief time where I wished not to pursue work in photography anymore. The hardest part, is finding what you love as a person, what ignites a passion and fire in you. The hardest bit of this continuous journey was letting go of practices I was comfortable with, and expanding my wings and exploring other avenues of this beautiful craft. And that decision and gamble payed off handsomely.
What inspires you when you create?
- My inspirations for creative work stem down from music and with music I garner a certain ambiance and vibe. The era of the 70’s plays a huge part of inspiration for my photos especially when shooting vintage. The care-free spirit of that decade, and the individuals that came from it. For me is a breathtaking feeling that I wish to recreate.
If Sam Lebib were a plant, what would he be?
- Kale. I’d like to think I could fuel people in their everyday activities of life to reach for their best potential while giving them all the beautiful nutrients they desire.
Would you say you are an introvert or extrovert?
- I would say I am an extroverted individual, I love speaking to people. Engaging in conversations. Understanding what their journey is, and their hopes and ambitions. Life is too short to be introverted and I feel you could miss out on a magnitude of events in life
‘Let’s go steady, and make a plan’ - These words on your Instagram caught our eye, would you say this is your mantra?
- Those words, come from a song by Angus Stone, and I find them to be calming and is a simplistic way to tackle life, especially in photography terms. Things won’t fall into place with the snap of your fingers. People will push you to points you didn’t think existed. And there is no need to rush it all, embrace it and breath it all in. By going steady, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and the industry. The phrase also, on a lighter note makes me want to run away to California.
What is ahead for you? Any projects in the making we should stay tuned for?
- Ahead for me is a magnitude of work, I am excited to embark upon, It will be challenging. But also rewarding and humbling.
♡ Danni @ Tuesday VTG