In the Land of Apsaras

I know that I have been ignoring this blog for quite a while now. Work, life, and travels can sometimes just take over our lives and before you know it, you start to fall behind on things. Today, I just had to take some time and update on at least one of the recent happenings in my life.

I travel for my work a fair amount. And then there are the occasional vacations. But very rarely do I get to take a trip purely for photography. A couple of years ago, I told myself that I had to do that once in a while if I wanted to grow as a photographer. It is no surprise to me that I chose Cambodia to be the first of these major trips. To be honest, Asia appeals to me more than any other part of the world. The sights, the colors, the cultures, the sounds, and the food all come together to make incredible feasts for all our sensory organs. To try to capture all of that with a camera is certainly no easy task.

I have to admit, prior to this trip I knew very little about Cambodia. The real attraction for me were the temples of Angkor Archeological Park—a UNESCO world heritage site. These centuries-old ruins have inspired many artists and photographers over the years, and I just knew that I had to walk in their footsteps.

I finally made the trip this past June. Excluding travel times, the trip was just about 10 days long, but I really spent about 5 of those days in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I was in Thailand for much of the rest, but I will hopefully do a separate blog post about that. It was, by all measures, an awesome trip. I did spend most of my daylight hours in the temple sites and that certainly was, as expected, the highlight of the trip. But what I didn’t expect was that the rest of my time was also highly enjoyable and downright fun. Siem Reap is a quiet sleepy town with incredibly generous people and some fun spots for nightlife. I do have to admit, however, I am not a big fan of Cambodian food. My palette is decidedly spicy, I absolutely love the cuisine of Thailand, and Cambodian food is much milder in taste, more on the creamy and sweet side.

Photographing the temple sites was a daunting task. I already know that I would have to go back if I really wanted to do them justice. I didn’t get to visit some of the temples that were a little further away from Siem Reap. The weather didn’t always cooperate (which affected the light), and I simply couldn’t photograph some things the way I would have liked—most notably the elaborate wall carvings of Angkor Wat.

Anyways, here are some random photos from the trip. The series “In the Land of Apsaras” is up in the portfolio section of my web site.

This is my guide Ratanak Eath. He took me around the temple sites. He understood my needs very well. A great person to be around.

Receiving blessings from a buddhist nun. She gave me this wristband for good luck. I am supposed to keep it on until it falls off by itself. It is still going strong and I certainly am not taking it off. I need all the good luck I can get!

On my way to Tonle Sap Lake.

Photographing a monk.

Photographing Angkor Wat.

Having dinner with Ratanak.

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About Let's Talk Photography

Photographer, photography aficionado, and occassional collector of contemporary fine-art photographs. I live in Arkansas and a university professor in my "real" life. Photography is like a form of meditation for me. I try to capture the world that I see around me, but from time to time I do delve into fine-art nature, nudes, and erotica.
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2 Responses to In the Land of Apsaras

  1. that is really a great post. I wish I could go to Cambodia too.

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