The ancient Chinese zodiac is comprised of a cycle of twelve animal signs associated with birth years. They are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog and Boar.
A person is believed to exhibit behavioral and personality traits, sometimes even physical characteristics, relative to the animal year during which he or she was born.
In the twelve portraits of the “Manimals” series, the artist Daniel Lee interprets the Chinese zodiac in contemporary terms through computer manipulation of photographic images. Each portrait represents the animal sign of that person. The “Manimals” series is composed of twelve 24”X30” Ektacolor prints. The original images were photographed with Ektachrome in medium format camera, then converted digitally and rearranged on a Macintosh computer, using Adobe Photoshop software.