Trekking in the Khumbu/Everest region in eastern Nepal with a rather big and heavy lens. Gokyo Lake in the mid-background, and the highest mountain is the far back.

Trekking in the Khumbu/Everest region in eastern Nepal with a rather big and heavy lens. Gokyo Lake in the mid-background, and the highest mountain is the far back.

A traveling photographer

Jonathan H. Lee is an environmental and social photographer who grew up in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, and most recently split time between Seattle and rural Nepal. Since graduating in 2010 from the University of California, San Diego and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he has also worked in the realms of community development and environmental education both locally and globally. Between 2014 and 2016, Jonathan lived in Seattle and volunteered at the Beacon Food Forest, a community-driven, open-for-all, food-producing garden and forest in the city. He served on its Site Development and Steering Committee for a year.

In response to the devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015, Jonathan has spent much time in the village of Takure in the Sindhupalchok district of Nepal with the organization Conscious Impact, where he lives and rebuilds alongside locals and international volunteers while documenting the collaborative work. Together with the Conscious Impact team, they have leveraged social media to spread the word, tell stories, and continue the funding for the rebuilding project.

He loves bicycles, bicycle touring, backpacking, wilderness, is fascinated by big mountains, as well as the wisdom, culture, and way of life of indigenous peoples all around the world. He has worked with and/or spent time with the indigenous Emberá, Guna, and Ngäbe-Buglé peoples in Panama, Ahka people in northern Thailand, and Ladakhi, Spitian, and Sherpa peoples of the Himalayas.

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The best camera is the one in your hand.
— not me, just simple truth

This is Me

Now that the LinkedIn-esque introduction is out of the way, and you've scrolled this far, allow me to continue...

This is me.

[image as toddler]

I was born to a middle-class family in Hong Kong, back when it was a British colony. I had a cushy, comfortable upbringing