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Tag: Siem Reap

on the way to Phnom Krom.

traditional house Khmer

There were many interesting houses hugging the river between Siem Reap and the Tonle Sap lake. Most have been taken down by the local authorities now, but I am glad that I captured some of them when I did. This was taken in 2014, and I believe even this wooden home is gone now.


Rice Transplants, Yesterday.

Finally got back out into the plains east of Siem Reap yesterday morning. They are working daily on the rice crop now. Below are two images I captured of a couple removing their rice transplants to plant elsewhere until harvest in a few more months. The sun was blazing down – this is very hot work.IMG_1324 IMG_1338a

on to the dry.

The storms were on their way out. The air was clear. The fields vibrant. East of town we said farewell to this year’s wet season.
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a market cat.

A Cambodian market is the ideal spot for a family of cats. A nice supply of mice and rats, with a scattering of fish bones and chicken leftovers. Yesterday evening in Siem Reap this tabby peeping out a Thai cardboard box was afraid of something – may have had some young in there. Thought it was under the radar, but I caught it!cat hiding in market

Fishing from the City of Stilts.

in Cambodia, the water level of the Tonle Sap is at its lowest in living history this year. The town of Kompong Khleang still brings home a lot of fish daily, however word about town is that the stocks seem very low. Each visit, the landing point seems to be different. This time it was at the foot of the town’s most central pagoda. Most of the catch is destined for Siem Reap, but a small amount will remain in Kompong Khleang. Fish and rice make up most of the local diet.

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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


So it’s been an age since my last post – close to a year. It’s also been a long time since I left Cambodia, now. The nostalgia is difficult occasionally. Something is dragging me back.

“Cambodia is a dangerous place…”, a former US ambassador said, “It’ll take your heart, and it’ll break it.” It went something like that, anyway.

A visiting friend once said to me, “It’s like Narnia – you’ve stepped through the cupboard and you’re now in this other world.”

I have been looking through some images tonight. This very mixed bunch of shots are what I’m feeling right now. Almost all unpublished before.IMG_1754 IMG_1978 IMG_2607 IMG_2626 IMG_3101 IMG_3730 IMG_3824

the fish trade.

Late in the afternoon in the stilted town of Kompong Khleang, fish are still being sold where the edge of the rising Tonle Sap meets land. It looks a shambles but is actually a fairly organised system. The boat will have already been anchored out on the lake and acting as a middle-man. These five shots show the next transaction once back on dry land. Off to the evening market.

The light wasn’t great, and there was a lot of splashing, so I’m not overly happy, but why not share!IMG_01 IMG_02 IMG_03 IMG_04 IMG_05

recent exposure with Word magazine.

I sent some of my Wat Bo work across to Hanoi based Word magazine. In response I was sent questions. I like the way it has been written by Nick the editor.
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something and nothing.

I sometimes feel the need to post on my blog. Today is one of those times.

In the UK we have a ‘man with a van’, but in Cambodia they have a ‘man with a motorbike and a huge trailer’! Here are some of those useful men waiting about for custom.IMG_3380