"my eyes are like this because i eat rice, and your eyes are like that because you eat potatooo!" a quote from my friend Fiona when a young woman joked with her during her travels last year...i can't remember where. but thought it was just too cute. rice wine is the beverage of choice for many youngsters at the khmer new year in cambodia. ive never tried, i don't think i could, it smells awful. but the bottle on the left really cracked me up, and thought to make sure that if and when i try rice wine, it would the one from the right, the non-descript one with a picture of a root.
On the last day of the Khmer New Year in Phnom Pehn, I went to the nearest temple near my guesthouse to photograph the traditions, and the washing of Buddha, which reminded me of the Hindu celebration of washing Krishna. Anyway, i was going back and forth passing a man reciting buddhist prayers spraying something like holy water over worshippers as they received his prayers, trying to figure out a way to photograph this little scene. ha, but the last time i walked past him and got a good face splash of water that he sprayed with something similar to a paint brush. it startled me so much, and only a few on lookers caught it, and chuckled, bc it was pretty funny. i mean, it was a splash, not a sprinkle, of this buddhist holy water. i guess i needed it.
here's a slideshow of a little local celebration just outside Siem Reap. i didn't succeed in finding traditions, but it was fun to catch a little dancing and food.
At a temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodians celebrate the Khmer New Year with 3-days of festivities. On the third day, buddha is washed with water. A couple of days ago, I headed out to Siem Reap with writer, Fiona MacGregor, and stumbled upon a community festival for the new year holiday. i'll show those pictures in the next post.
Mentally ill Cambodians live at this government-run mental health facility of the Ministry of Social Affairs, outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mental health services in Cambodia is virtually non-existent with about one percent of the government's health budget going towards these resources. Less the 0.1 percent of the population have access to health facilities and services, often combining people living in extreme poverty and/or the handicapped. The basic psychiatric services and facilities prior to 1975 were entirely destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Some of Cambodia's best eats take place on the streets. In the first picture, a woman, left, cooks up a meal, as a customer slurps noodles for lunch in a neighborhood of hidden, narrow streets in central Phnom Penh, on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Second: A Khmer woman cooks in her street-side makeshift kitchen.
from a recent assignment at a residential care home. but though i was photographing another subject for the story, I notice these little tender moments around me. I know that the moments are fairly similar, and photographed similarly as well. i had review of my work with picture editor Mike Davis and we discussed some things regarding my shooting style and what i naturally tend to see. part of my growth as i embark on another trip back to Cambodia this weekend, is to focus on seeing in a new way, seeing whats happening in other parts of the frame, and capturing those decisive moments.