The People: Siem Reap
The way I take pictures changes depending on where I am. I’ve always loved people pictures, but can’t help but find it odd to ask to take a picture of a complete stranger in a big city. But Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) made for a great first stop. This smaller – but drastically growing with the huge influx of tourism – city was welcoming to my camera.
Hospitality. Racheam in the courtyard – he took care of us at our guest house – and these lovely ladies made me my first, and possibly favorite meal of the trip.
Miss, you want to buy? (Yep, that’s my dollar in her hand).
Happy people. Our waitress at Khmer Kitchen (yummy) and the saleswoman at Hagar Designs (I LOVE these bags made by disadvantaged women out of recycled materials- you can buy them here, or read more about their mission here).
Mother and child. (My souvenir shirts are from the woman in the middle).
P.S. Check out Michelle’s “view from my window” shot from when we were in Phnom Pehn that just got posted on Andrew Sullivan’s blog.
June 12, 2008 at 1:31 am //
thanks for the photo credit anne ;-)
Folks in Cambodia sure are photogenic and enthusiastic subjects. I hope the best for that country as it works its way up in the world.
June 12, 2008 at 7:19 am //
Hey, I know that saleslady! She sold Bordeaux the giant catfish shopping bag he got my for my last birthday. -X
Prêt à Voyager
June 12, 2008 at 11:59 am //
Too funny, X. And she doesn’t have to work too hard for a sale either- the product sells itself ;)
June 14, 2008 at 10:43 am //
I love to peep into those people’s lives – under the skin we’re all the same. Growing up, going to work, making a living.
June 17, 2008 at 2:29 am //
I feel awkward taking photos of people I don’t know well, so my travel photos often don’t include the lovely people I meet. While I was in Siem Reap I spent a full day drawing in the temples and the kids really loved it; I ended up making and giving away several portraits and it was one of the best memories of that trip!
Prêt à Voyager
June 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm //
Anna- I saw these photos in your photoset. Such a wonderful idea!!! Now I must learn to draw…
p.s. here’s a link if others want to check out Anna’s great work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annamatic3000/75944086/in/set-1628464/