Khmer Wedding Part 2: Behind the Scenes

Photography at Khmer weddings is very prescribed: there are specific shots and set ups with rotating family members and very little deviation. The other sides to the proceedings – cooking, constructing, preparing decorations, putting on makeup, costume changes in progress – isn’t something that is normally documented. Everyone was genuinely puzzled as to why I was taking pictures of … More Khmer Wedding Part 2: Behind the Scenes

The Train People of Sihanoukville Part 1: Progress; or, Getting There

At seven o’clock this morning a train carrying passengers to Sihanoukville, the first in 14 years, gently rolls out of Phnom Penh’s art deco station with two long, triumphant blasts of its horn.       Cambodia’s railways had a promising start: constructed by French colonists in the 30s, they then received international investment from … More The Train People of Sihanoukville Part 1: Progress; or, Getting There

Sleeping

At one o’clock it’s getting too hot to do anything, except maybe get burnt by the sun. And sleep. Why tire yourself out? No one is going to shorten their day because you do. When people sleep they are neither good nor bad. You can’t see their dreams, if they’re saving a world or destroying … More Sleeping

Valentine’s Day

I got a call from an editor asking for some pictures representing Valentine’s Day in Phnom Penh in the afternoon of the 14th February; I was surprised firstly because I had forgotten about it (alas) and secondly I didn’t think that it was celebrated in Cambodia. I was staying in a suburban area and had … More Valentine’s Day