Q&A: Stefano Lemon — The Grove


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Carpe Diem. Believe in now: all the plans you’re thinking today will be gone by tomorrow. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Time has changed a lot during the last 10 years. I’m worried the social media madness will destroy our sense of reality. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I don’t believe in conspirancy. I believe money increases the dark side of human beings. What is it that interests you about photography? The spontaneous act of being inside a situation. What is the worst thing about city life? Apathy between unknowns. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Antarctica. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Love is supernatural. How can you describe butterflies in your stomach. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? Both my mother and my father were fighting cancer at the same time. My father passed away in 2016. I wish now I had the strenght of  documenting their battle but I wasn’t able to do it. Too emotional. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Woodman. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I really love Mary Ellen Mark. Rat and Mike, Seattle, 1983Well constructed image, raw and tender at the same time. How often do you take other people’s advice? Always, but sometimes you need to be clever not to be influenced by it. Describe a personal hell. Knowing you’re wasting time. Which living person do you most admire? Bruce Davidson. I love his photographs and all the risks he takes while shooting. On what occasion do you lie? I try always to tell the truth. I lie sometimes to hide big problems to close people. What was the last crime you witnessed? Little Haiti, Miami. There was a shooting between residents outside a family house while BBQing. Don’t know the reason. What is the best way to educate yourself? Travelling is the best way to understand your limits, go beyond them and learn from them. What is the next book you want to read? A Coney Island Of The Mind,  Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I mean read for the third time. Ultimate camera? I finally managed to get hold of  a Mamiya 7II with 80mm lens.
Most used camera? Love shooting with my battle camera: my grandma’s Olympus om-2N. What object do you want? A draft beer at the bar. What object do you need? I always wear a ring in memory of a close friend who got killed 10 years ago. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? It’s like a joint: take it easy and enjoy. Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t abuse and don’t waste time thinking too much about it. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Not yet. Probaly around 60 I would be proud of my belly. Describe a cheap thrill. Smelling sautéed mussels and clams. Are impulses more important than consequences? Hot girl give you impulses. Big consequences if you’re married. It’s your call. Which talent would you most like to have? Public speaking. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Couching and working on my first book.

The Village West neighborhood in Coconut Grove Miami (The West Grove) is a historical enclave of the Afro- Caribbean descendants of its early settlers.

Established in the late 1870’s, Village West was the first black community on the South Florida mainland. Once a thriving neighborhood with over 30,000 Afro- Caribbean residents, a rich cultural history and a Caribbean vibe, the West Grove today tells a different story.
Today with less than 3,000 remaining Afro-Caribbean residents, the West Grove is littered with hundreds of vacant buildings and abandoned lots, reminding us of the devastating effects of gentrification. As developers have targeted the West Grove for “redevelopment”, residents have been forced to move elsewhere as housing is becoming nonexistent and unaffordable.
Empty lots that once held apartment buildings that housed many residents, are now a stark reminder of the rapid changes this neighborhood has experienced in the name of development.

Stefano Lemon is an award-winning photographer, art director and producer living and working in New York.

Stefano’s works have been selected to be showcased at several world exhibitions such as : SXSW Festival, Art Basel Miami, Miami SCOPE, Resfest Festival, Bushwick Open Studios.
Stefano’s artworks and achievements have been covered by world publications such as Vogue, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Chronicle, Miami New Times, F-Stop Magazine, Brooklyn Street Art.

His works include also collaborations on short films and music videos that have been screened at 2016 See You Sound Festival, 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, 2011 California International Film Festival, 2011 NYC Independent Film Festival and 2011 Rome International Film Festival.

Influenced by street culture and personal upbringing, his style reflects his vision of the everyday life, that captures that fraction of second in which the unexpected happens.
Stefano captures the street whenever he can, dividing his time between self-assigned personal projects and commissions from international creative agencies.

To see more of Stefano Lemon’s work visit — Website / Instagram.