For many newcomers, places of worship are beacons that offer social, economic, and spiritual support. These places act as informal community centres that provide a vital sense of identity and familiar culture. In Scarborough, where many immigrants land, over 300 churches, temples, and mosques currently exist—averaging 1.5 places of worship every square kilometer. Here, commercial units in plazas and industrial spaces become makeshift congregation halls.
Beginning in 2019, Lee has been working on the ambitious project to document and catalog all places of worship in Scarborough. More image can be found on his personal project website. This ongoing project is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts. This year, selected photographs will be featured as part of the 2021 Contact Photography Festival.