Cambodia - Week 1
It hasn't even been a week since I've landed back in Cambodia. The time has flown as I've adjusted into my next month in country. The first few days were filled with acclimation, a bit of jet-lag and spending time with a couple friends, who were in town to visit. Phnom Penh is how I remember it, but also very different. It is something that I still haven't found a way to eloquently put to words.
Below is a snippet of images and scenes from my first (near) week in country. I've added pieces of text to help provide context of the situations and interactions, but for the most part, it is rather basic information provided. I hope you all stick with me for the next month to learn more about Cambodia, a country which I love, and my photo project here.
Whin, above, was selling boxers out of a small truck, when I approached him. We chatted for a bit and I learned about what brought him to Phnom Penh and his experience in the city. Speaking the language continues to be an essential tool for navigating Phnom Penh and being able to connect with many of those I come into contact with. Also, if anyone needs a good pair of boxers, they are going for about $5.
Travel is not only about people and the places; a lot of travel for me is about the food. I also think this is generally one of the easiest ways to begin to get a feel for the culture (especially if you are missing a good chunk of the language skills). The image to the left is a man telling me the price of the dragonfruit and the image to the right is a man having his lunch of noodles as he waits for customers for his moto service. Like the portrait of Whin, a lot of my work so far has been photographs of what is on many of the corners and streets of Phnom Penh. This has given me a goal every time I head out and I've already spent hours wandering and sweating as I navigate the semi-familiar streets.
Pala puts Maggie's crown on her head before Khmer wedding photographs with Matt at the Heng Heng Studio in Phnom Penh.
Matt and I served in the Peace Corps in Cambodia together and we just happened to be in Phnom Penh at the same time. Matt and Maggie's visit was extra special, because it was an opportunity for them to meet Matt's host family after the two had become engaged.
This scene is from the back of the studio, where Matt and Maggie's photographs were made. I've been working on finding scenes that help tell the story of a location and place. It is something that takes a lot of looking before finding anything worthwhile. I am constantly on the visual hunt for something that sends a message and tells a piece of the story that may be not so readily seen.
Find more of my work on my Instagram, which now is containing more of the video stories that showcase the day-to-day scenes in Cambodia.