Starting June of 2010, John Li’s passion for dancing and photography has made his blog jleez.net a visual time capsule of salsa events and venues, documenting the vivacity of the salsa community in the Champaign-Urbana area. He has captured significant moments like the last salsa night at V. Picasso and the first salsa night at the Highdive. In the big picture, these events may not seem that important, but only because we are so used to forgetting and ignoring our local histories. John’s photographic contributions give the salsa community and anyone looking in a common timeline, a point of view, and at least in pictures, a sense of unity.
Featured here are some of John’s photographs. Make sure to check out his blog; it is about more than just salsa.