The City of Disorder

PhotographerYan Li
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryPhoenix, United States
Photo DateMay 2017
Entry Description

Varanasi, on the riverbank of Ganges, is the holiest city for Hinduism, attracting hundreds of Hindu pilgrims every day from all parts of India. The fascinating rituals along the riverbank have been extensively photographed by journalists. However, another fascinating part of this city which is often missed by tourists is the daily life of locals inhabiting deeply in the community. Life of the city bursts into activities from all aspects in the early morning and goes on until midnight. Being the oldest continuously inhabited city in India, the daily life in Varanasi is chaotic and colorful, intense and frenetic.

About Photographer

Yan Li was originally educated as an engineer and received the 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.