A visit to the home of photographer Quang Le is something that’s hard to put into words—in the best way possible. A stately Colonial revival home in the heart of Orange County, CA complete with beautiful blossoming rose bushes, a sunny wraparound porch and an evolving collection of animal topiary trees (Le’s newest pursuit) seems an unlikely home base for the oft-lauded young lensman behind campaigns for RVCA, Stance, DC Shoes, as well as some of music’s biggest stars…
Le greets us at the door, and welcomes us into the parlor (yes, a parlor). Piercing teal walls are punctuated by ruched red velvet curtains and a zoo of taxidermy including lions, peacocks, antelope and gazelle (a online lot from an old man in Lincoln, Nebraska). The look is a hybrid of civil war southern plantation meets Disney’s haunted mansion meets Montana mountain lodge.
A serial collector, it’s clear that words like “minimal” and “spare” are not in Le’s vernacular. His office is a toy lovers museum, with life-size German playmobil figurines dotting the space. His stairway is adorned with eye-popping neon masks and art pieces collected from friends as well as during his time as resident photographer at New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood. His bedroom features pistachio green walls, pastel floral sheets and a red velvet canopy—all of which is accented with a liquor store-esque neon sign that flashes “thank you.”
A visit to Le’s home is not complete without the exuberant stories that accompany his collectibles; the trip to Asia he took for payment in breakfast burritos-where he scored some of his favorite collectible figurines, the backyard grass sod sofa he dreamed up for a shoot with Gym Class Heroes, the Shag artwork he scored in the parking lot of Paul Frank….it’s evident that every piece has a story, an experience and relevance, and, most importantly to Le, the memories that accompany his house of treasures.
Interior Images via the amazing Amber B. Dianda