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 from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX in 2012. In his journeys around the world, Dr. Li focuses on interacting with locals, gaining deep insight into the society, and capturing the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He shares his photography portfolios to highlight the challenges which our culture diversity is facing during the rapid urbanization and globalization. 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.