His goal is to create images that offer people a chance to increase their knowledge of the natural world.
That’s why his work features the unique interactions of rainforest organisms.
His work also documents how these creatures adapt to changing conditions as their ecosystems change.
Lee explores the rainforests of Borneo to create his work.
He moved to the country from California in 1996.
Close-Up Images of What Others Miss
Lee says that one of the most unique things he’s seen in Borneo is the case fungus.
It creates enormous orange stinkhorns that use insects to help their spores disperse to the environment.
When you are near them, Lee says their scent is “putrid” and “rotting.”
It attracts flies and insects that carry away the slime.
He also says that some of the most vicious predators in nature are the ones that people don’t always see.
The damselfly is an example he likes to use.
One of his images shows a damselfly feeding on a pygmy grasshopper.
Lee notes that the prey was captured in mid-air.
You’ll also see images of creatures that seem to defy description.
One of his favorite animals is the Pinocchio Frog.
There is a small appendage on the creature’s nose that can stand straight or hang flaccid.
Small Creatures Produce Bold Colors
Another stunning image from Lee is of a colored raspy cricket.
This insect is found in eastern Madagascar.
What is unique about them is their ability to produce silk from their mouth.
The crickets use the silk to fasten leaves together to create a shelter for themselves during the day.
Then they emerge at night to hunt spiders and other insects.
You’ll find larger animals in his photography at times too.
Lee offers a stunning image of a Sabah Pit Viper.
Its distinctive red eyes stand in contrast to its glossy green skin to create the idea of danger taking a rest.
There are some fantastic images that you can find in Lee’s portfolio, including a Malaysian Giant Katydid.
You can follow Chien C. Lee and his work by connecting with him on his website or on Instagram.