This portfolio is to capture the surrounding atmosphere and the expressions of orthodox pilgrims during the celebration of Easter in the rocky churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia. In orthodox theology, Easter is a more important festival than Christmas, since the Death and Resurrection of Jesus is more significant. During the Easter Eve, Ethiopian orthodox pilgrims wear the traditional white clothing and carry lit candles to celebrate this religious festival. Such a tradition has been kept by Ethiopians for hundreds of years and still continues to be carried out to this day.
Originally being educated as an engineer, Yan Li received his Ph.D. degree in 2012. His solid knowledge of technologies, engineering and industry makes him understand what is transforming people’s lifestyles in the Information Age. He has the passion of traveling worldwide to admire the diversities on earth which are unfortunately facing challenges during the rapid urbanization and globalization. His photographic work focuses on capturing the fleeting moments of human experience, revealing personal stories of peoples, and documenting the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He is the winner and finalist of various prestigious awards, including the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) and the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.