Photographer's Note

Phnom Penh is a city of beauty and degradation, tranquility and violence, and tradition and transformation; a city of temples and brothels, music and gunfire, and festivals and coups. But for many, it's simply an anarchic celebration of insanity and indulgence. Whether it's the 2$ wouden-shack brothels, the ganja-pizza restaurants, or the intricate brutality of Cambodian politics. Phnom Penh never ceases to amaze and amuse.

There, in a one minute span, you can see people among the poorest in the world sitting in a corner, then a Ferrari or an Aston Martin passing in the dirty streets, a young boy trying to sell you books and postcards while he should be at school (he'll you he has school in the afternoon, but you'll see him at the exact same place in the afternoon...), an occidental man holding a young girl's hands (you know what I mean) passing in front of the Royal Palace.

But what you'll see the most, is fantastic people, smiling, waiving at you, trying to just move on and forget about that horror they lived not so long ago. Trying to cope with the corruption that's everywhere around them. The population is so young, so dynamic, it just makes you feel good to be around them.

Here's a simple scene that you'll necounter just any minute in Phnom Penh...

I know the girls are not perfectly sharp...the panning is not perfect. The light was really low...and the moment was perfect!

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Additional Photos by Marc Cl (Manamo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 892 W: 149 N: 875] (3710)
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