Lee Fennings was born in 1971 in Chatham, Kent, UK—the town known for the Royal Dockyard that built and launched the HMS Victory. Lee’s parents raised him in Gravesend, Kent—the resting place of Native American Pocahontas—where he attended school until the age of sixteen. Just before his seventeenth birthday, Lee began his career in London working for an asset management company with his elder brother.
At the age of twenty-one, unsettled and in and out of different jobs, Lee decided to travel solo to South-East Asia and later to North America with his friends. This paved the way for his love of travel. Lee’s travels have taken him to almost every continent with the exception of Australia. During this period, Lee spent nearly five years living and working in Spain, eventually returning to the UK after separating from his wife. Lee remarried in 2012 and began to develop a promising career in financial regulation. However, plagued with mental health issues and a tempestuous relationship with alcohol, Lee eventually fell afoul of the law, thus bringing his career aspirations to an abrupt halt. This was the wake-up call that Lee needed, and in October of 2014, Lee made the life-changing decision to stop drinking alcohol…forever.
This change saw Lee hungry for a new creative passion, whereupon he soon reconnected with his lifelong interest in photography. Lee’s new creative direction, coupled with his dual fascination with street life and the human condition, saw his distinctive work quickly recognised. Lee has spoken openly to the media about his battle with mental illness and alcohol dependency and about how this battle nearly cost him his life.
In December 2015, Lee published his first street photography book, Pulse, with all profits donated to the registered mental health charity, Mind. One year later he published Being Human, bringing together a compilation of his finest work whilst questioning our own human characteristics and the meaning of being human.
Lee's latest endeavour took him to Nepal, where he volunteered to teach English in a monastery to young Buddhist monks. This was the perfect opportunity to immerse himself in his interest in Buddhism, witness Nepal's diverse culture first hand and document it using his passion for photography. Lee's latest book, A Peace Of Nepal, showcases his incredible experience, with all profits donated to the two monasteries in Nepal that will always hold a very special place in his heart.