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N 24 B 13.9K C 31 E May 22, 2012 F Nov 2, 2012
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“Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” - Steve Jobs

Built around 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII, Bayon is a Buddhist temple, but it incorporates elements of Hindu cosmology. Located north of the more famous Angkor Wat, Bayon is known for its huge, smiling stone faces and everywhere I went I felt like I was being watched, much like being at a U.S. airport with the Transportation Security Administration looking on.

Being a “good” artist I copied this photo composition from the front cover of Lonely Planet’s Cambodia guide (I did add my originality to it by shooting the opposite side of the face). I took it a step further and tweaked the colors in post production to get a somewhat similar result. I guess that makes me a “great” artist!

I’m writing this update from my hostel in Mexico City. It’s been a great trip so far and I’ve come away with some spectacular images from the colonial towns of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. I’ll be leaving for Oaxaca tomorrow where I’ll be photographing one of Mexico’s famous celebrations, El Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead). Follow me over at Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

Leah seun hai, adios and goodbye for now!

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N 23 B 25.2K C 33 E May 25, 2012 F Jun 8, 2012
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I’m in Battambang, Cambodia riding the bamboo train! A makeshift train composed of a wooden frame with slats made of bamboo and powered by a six horsepower gasoline engine. The bamboo train runs on a single, narrow gauge track built by the French in the 1920s.

To accommodate two-way traffic on a single line, custom dictates that when two trains meet, the one with the lighter load leaves the track. Drivers and passengers pitch in to disassemble and reassemble the trains to allow passage. Due to the lightweight materials this is all done in a matter of seconds. Cambodian engineering at its finest!

Rumor has it that the Bamboo train is likely to see its end within a few years. The Cambodian rail company is upgrading the tracks and when the new trains and tracks are in place the bamboo train will be stopped for safety reasons. Even more reason to ride the bamboo train today. Book your ticket for Cambodia!

A picture of my train operator and a view of the Cambodian countryside. A classic rail journey!

Stay tuned for more of my adventures in Southeast Asia.

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N 21 B 15.1K C 34 E Jun 5, 2012 F Jul 27, 2012
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"If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough." - Robert Capa

Banlung is the provincial capitol for the Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia. Located in the northeastern part of the country, bordering both Vietnam to the east and Laos to the north, it is one of the least visited provinces.

I stayed at the exceptional Treetop Ecolodge run by Mr. T (not that Mr. T from the “A” Team). I rented a bicycle to visit nearby Yak Loum Crater Lake. Mr. T recommended I get there first thing in the morning to capture the best light. He also mentioned that I would probably be the only foreigner there since the lake is mainly visited by locals.

He was right about being the only foreigner there, but the morning light was terrible. The only people around were the local vendors selling food and drinks. I decided to just put my camera down and appreciate the crater lake with my own eyes. Afterwards, I bought a drink from one of the vendors and her two children started to play with me.

I took a couple of photographs of her daughter and she would laugh hysterically every time I showed her picture on my LCD screen. Because of the proximity that I was photographing her there was a clear connection between both of us. Her eyes were the landscape of Cambodia...one of struggle and hope for the future.

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N 27 B 9.6K C 52 E May 19, 2012 F Aug 12, 2012
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"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie." -Agnes de Mille

Apsara dance is the traditional Cambodian dance that was practiced in the royal palaces. This traditional dance almost went extinct during the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge.

The Khmer dance is characterized by intricate finger and body movements (i.e. flexibility) which usually convey a story or message.

What better way to understand Khmer history than photographing an apsara dancer at historical Angkor Wat. On this particular morning a celestial dancer descended from the clouds to be my model at the Bayon temple. I don’t what kind of story her fingers were telling me that morning, but I think it had to do with a gratuity.

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N 0 B 1.8K C 2 E May 19, 2012 F Oct 11, 2011
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It’s always a sold out show for sunrise at Angkor Wat. Line up early or line up late, either way the sand flies will always give you a warm welcome along with the heat and humidity. The Nikon user next to me had buyer’s remorse as she jealously ogled my EOS Canon 5D Mark II full frame camera. Take that Nikon users!

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