Dominic Stafford Photography

Tag: Children

Kompong Phluk.

Had been right down to the Tonle Sap, and coming back up Kompong Phluk looked awesome in the afternoon light. I couldn’t resist stopping to capture this scene.IMG_8274

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141km from Siem Reap, 171km from Phnom Penh

141km from Siem Reap and 171km from Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom is a small town on the River Sen. It is a place of little excitement but ticks all the sights of a Cambodian provincial capital: The Honda dealership, the big ACLEDA bank, and the quiet Ministry of Industry, Mining and Energy. Like many towns in Cambodia, Kompong Thom feels like it should be on the up but is not, or was on the up and then stopped.

The following images were taken within 24 hours of each other.
IMG_8337A young girl helps her father load their small boat, ready for an afternoon of fishing on the swollen River Sen.IMG_8349An unfinished pagoda building stands in front of the main structure, on the flood plain.IMG_8376 A group of farmers from a distant province rest in their truck full of bananas to be sold at Kompong Thom market.IMG_8398 Afternoon activity on one of the many backstreets coming off Route 6.IMG_8418a A shop owner, still in his home attire, braves the mid-day heat.IMG_8410One of many vendors selling fresh sugar cane juice in front of the market, for 500 Riel a bag.
IMG_8325Food vendors set up stall in front of the market for most of the night.
IMG_8420 Two mannequins stand silently in a clothes store opposite Kompong Thom market.IMG_8444A row of shop-fronts in the centre of town, indistinguishable from any other town in Cambodia.IMG_8446The old and new crossings into Kompong Thom.IMG_8433Well known among the locals, she runs this ferry every morning without fail, for 500 Riel a crossing.IMG_8438A woman takes the local ferry home from the market with provisions for the next day or two.
IMG_8449To escape the heat of the afternoon, a boy braves the drop from the old bridge, into the River Sen.

a particularly heavy downpour.

Spent the lunchtime south of Siem Reap, cycling about. Had to stop to wait out the rain which became particularly heavy at times. I love shooting just after the rain – the colors, the reflections, and the clear air. Here are some moments from a wet weekday in Cambodia…IMG_3229 IMG_3232 IMG_3245 IMG_3266 IMG_3275 IMG_3278 IMG_3283 IMG_3296a

a trip east.

I took a friend out to the town of Kompong Kdei in the neighbouring province, where he will start his journey onwards. After a breakfast of rice, pork and crickets at Damdek, we headed to an Angkorian bridge which I have been meaning to visit for years. We checked out an ice factory, and I stopped at a new pagoda on the way back. Here are some moments from a trip east – the surrounds of Kompong Kdei as it is today.
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the cutest kid I’ve ever shot.

She was curious, she carried her fully grown dog over to come and see what the fuss was about. The late afternoon light lit her up…child on tonle sap siem reap cambodia

today in Cambodia.

A curious cow being restrained by a young girl, outside Siem Reap, Cambodia.IMG_1597

the universal baby milk scam.

I don’t want money“, he said. “Follow me…

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playing marbles on the road.

boy children play marbles game siem reap cambodia photographyThese boys play marbles every afternoon without fail. It’s a popular game for young kids here in Cambodia. This afternoon wasn’t too sunny so I thought I’d head down and join them on the road.

Siem Reap, Cambodia