Spirited Pursuit

Self-taught Cameroonian photographer and founder of travel and lifestyle site Spirited Pursuit, Lee Litumbe, has travelled widely. In the past few years she has visited Morocco, Senegal, Namibia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Bermuda, France and Haiti, as well as states in her adoptive country, the US. Her contemplative take on the cultural side of the places she visits and stylish images are not the only aspirational aspects of her personal brand: Lee has recently developed Marché, a digital concept store influenced by her travels that stocks locally sourced, handmade fashion, decor and accessories.

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Left: Winged Bolga Tote ($70); Right: Malian Mud Cloth Throw ($95)

What’s on your decor wish list?

A Cameroonian Juju hat. They’re beautiful traditional hats from my home country that add texture and colour to any space.

Who are you inspired by?

African photographers who tell or have told visual stories that keep Africans at the centre of their own narratives. Malian photographers Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé are two notable examples.

What camera do you use?

I love shooting with 35mm, but it is no longer my go-to since I travel so frequently and need a quicker turnaround on my images. I absolutely love the Canon 6D. It’s a bit heavy, but a great all-purpose camera for travel. I especially love that I’m able to download my images to my phone via the mobile app if I want to make a quick post on Instagram. Its video capabilities are also pretty amazing.

The accessory everyone needs right now?

Handmade artisanal baskets and throws. I particularly love Wolof baskets from Senegal and bogolan throws from Mali.

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Left: Aladdin Hamper ($90); Right: Malian Mud Cloth Throw in Marigold ($95)

Decor trend you’re loving?

Integrating global artisanal goods into modern spaces, especially pieces found while travelling. These pieces are great conversation starters and put a unique and special memory on display in your home.
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The colour you can’t get enough of?

I love mustard yellow. It looks great on every skin tone, particularly dark skin. It’s my go-to colour.

Quote to live by?

‘Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace and the slaves of the ordinary.’ – Cecil Beaton