About Me

Sok Sobi. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places, particular interest in Landscape, People and Travel photography. Pictures and stories that bring Social Awareness and the potential for long term social change or policy are important to me. I use Canon Digital Cameras (EOS 1Ds,1D Mk1,2,4 plus Powershot G11) with a selection of Canon lenses, the 24-105 IS f4L being my favourite at present. I use Lightroom & Photoshop Elements to edit my work. Canon equipment and lenses give me just what I need, reliability and high IQ. I am now living and working in Cambodia, South East Asia, using Phnom Penh as a base to explore the region. I publish stories that are important to me on my blog but always try to give a balanced picture.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Riverside. Phnom Penh. Series 1

The Riverside along and up to Sisowath Quay is a vibrant and busy place at weekends and evenings with people walking, exercising and visiting the small Stupa opposite the Royal Palace to make offerings.
It is a time to meet friends and have fun at the end of the day for many. 
I love to watch people.The tourists wandering aimlessly and not seeing the things going on around them. The ''Barang'' old men interacting with young children, many quite innocently and some maybe with more sinister intent. 
The Monks resting and chatting at the end of a hard day, their robes vibrant in the early evening light. The young Monks seem to gather on the quay before returning home in the evening. There are a number of monasteries quite close by.
The darker side of the Quay can be seen by the number of children begging or scavenging in the waste bins, or selling flowers along the quayside. Their faces tell a less happy story.
The youngster selling water or cold drinks, not more than 10 years old, carrying heavy coolers full to overflowing. Theirs is a hard life.

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