Jino Lee Captures the different Faces of Asia

From the ancient temples of Bali to the rivers of Mongolia, Jino Lee travels far and wide to photograph locals and their way of life.

“People are the heart and soul of a place, not the landscape, and Asia is very rich in culture – even simple daily activities are so diverse and colourful,” says Singaporean photographer Jino Lee, whose images capturing tableaus of life in Asia appear in these pages.

Thirteen years ago, Lee was immersed in a very different dimension – music, audio engineering and a night owl existence. Then he picked up his first camera and found his mojo snapping vignettes of life while travelling. It’s kept him on the move ever since, even as his portfolio has expanded to include resorts and interiors photography.

Lee’s next stop: Kerala and then to Pushkar for the annual camel fair. His observation: “Much of Asian traditions and culture are starting to vanish, I want to capture them before they are gone.”

 

Performed at sunset, the kecak, a form of Balinese dance and music drama, depicts the Ramayana, the Hindu epic. It is believed that spirits possess the bodies of the dancers during the performance, making for a mesmerising show

Performed at sunset, the kecak, a form of Balinese dance and music drama, depicts the Ramayana, the Hindu epic. It is believed that spirits possess the bodies of the dancers during the performance, making for a mesmerising show

Morning ablution – a man takes a bath in one of Udaipur’s many lakes

Morning ablution – a man takes a bath in one of Udaipur’s many lakes

A group of Mongolians riding on a river against the autumn foliage. Many are excellent horseriders

A group of Mongolians riding on a river against the autumn foliage. Many are excellent horseriders

A fisherman casting his net on the misty Dongjiang River in Hunan, China

A fisherman casting his net on the misty Dongjiang River in Hunan, China

A Burmese boy having his hair sheared by a senior monk during a head-shaving ceremony that initiates him into novice monkhood

A Burmese boy having his hair sheared by a senior monk during a head-shaving ceremony that initiates him into novice monkhood

Kids arm wrestling in a village reported to be one of the very last of its kind in Myanmar where the children all sport this traditional Burmese hairstyle

Kids arm wrestling in a village reported to be one of the very last of its kind in Myanmar where the children all sport this traditional Burmese hairstyle

Local kids in Semporna, Sabah having fun and showing off their climbing skills and agility on a coconut tree’s horizontally inclined trunk

Local kids in Semporna, Sabah having fun and showing off their climbing skills and agility on a coconut tree’s horizontally inclined trunk

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