Day 11: Apartment building near Phsar Thmey (Central Market). Taken in the late afternoon.
Many apartment buildings in Phnom Penh were built in the 1960′s and look similar to this. They have a similar layout with a living area, kitchen at the back and bathroom with one or two bedrooms in the middle. There is one long walkway along the side of the apartment to access the rooms and there are generally only windows at the front and back. Often, three, four or five stories tall with a balcony, these apartments with variation on exterior style are very common around central Phnom Penh.
As the title suggests, this is a photo taken at sunset overlooking the Mekong River in Cambodia. The river provides many people with a living from fishing. Being the 7th largest river in Asia and the 12th largest in the world, it runs through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The fishing boat here is capture in the reflection of the sun’s rays on the water as it sets.
Recently I had the opportunity to travel down to Kampot which is in the south of Cambodia, near the sea. Kampot is set on the Kampong Bay River at the base of the Elephant Mountains. It’s a laid back, small & sleepy town with classic French colonial architecture.
I stayed at two places. The hip and happening Bodhi Villa guest house located right on the river which is a great spot for backpackers. It’s very chilled and has a range of watersport activities and floating bungalows. The other place was in town at the Blissful guesthouse. Good food and friendly staff. The image above is the sunrise from Bodhi Villa. Hello 5.00 am !
A had a visit to Epic Arts which is a great organisation “that organise and run visual art, drama, dance and music projects for people with disabilities in the UK, Cambodia and other international locations. Our projects celebrate the creative potential of those with whom we work, by offering new skills and giving each participant an outlet for their creative expression. Epic Arts works with the philosophy that Every Person Counts (EPiC).” (Source: Epic Arts website)
Cycling around the countryside I was able to meet the friendly locals. There are a variety of farms – rice (still the hot season so no rice growing), salt and pepper. The area is really flat aside from the Elephant mountains and at the moment quite dry, although that will change in 1 month or so with the wet season. The salt farms produce salt from the irrigated sea water and the workers carry the salt back and forth from the farm to great tin store buildings. Working under the intense sun and heat for 10 or more hours a day, they earn as much as $2 a day.
I took a range of other photo’s on a trip to visit some caves and a pepper farm. All in all, a very enjoyable weekend trip. For a collection of more images, please view the Landscape and Travel portfolio.
Above: Old lady siting outside her house, enjoying the cooler evening and watching what’s going on.
Below: Old abandoned building in Kampot.
Ablove: Salt farmer gathering salt in Kampot.
Below: Phnom Chhnork – Cave #1 Pre-Angkorian ruin set in a limestone cave amongst stalagmites and stalactites that are slowly growing back into the ruin. Small, 4th-5th century AD brick structure associated with the ancient state of Funan.
This photoshoot is a little special, as its actually Archie’s birthday today – he turns one !! We took some shots inside and outside in his cubby house. He is quite a serious little fella but has a great smile :)
Over the weekend, I took a drive out to Noojee to take some landscape photos. It was quite a nice drive and the rain cleared about 10 minutes after I arrived – great timing !
Named after the aboriginal word meaning ‘contentment’ or ‘place to rest’, Noojee is a picturesque town nestled on the banks of the Latrobe River in Gippsland. Early European prospectors and tin miners first settled in the area during the mid–1860s and were soon followed by farmers and timber workers.
Population approximately 140
125 kilometres east of Melbourne
Here are 5 photos that I have processed so far – More will be loaded of the Noojee Trestle Bridge and Tooronga waterfalls
Had the great privilege of visiting my friends Eric and Rebecca and having a baby photoshoot with little Benedict. He is such a cute boy with a great smile, full of energy and expression! Hope you guys enjoy the photos – here is a sneak preview.
On the last weekend on Feb 2010, Kate and Jarrod were married at Bush Bank in Kiama. It was a perfect day with great weather, a lovely ceremony and a fantastic reception. Kelly had the privilege of being in the wedding party. Here are some shots from the day …