Leo finally won the oscar and there's no way I could not mention it. This was getting older than the Alba Duchess.Read more »
Before I came to Cambodia, people often asked me: Why are you doing it?
I don't think there's a better answer than the examples you have everyday here.
While visiting our shelter, this little girl who doesn't speak much, wrote 'beautiful' in Khmer on her chalkboard and brought it over to me. She is one of the first children I profiled, and because of her delicate abandonment story she kept mostly for herself for several weeks and is now starting to open up. When I saw her handing me the little chalkboard, I had to hide my tears behind a smile.
Why do I do it?
I do it for a million reasons. Because I believe we, rich countries, have a responsibility, because I believe we don't always understand how privileged we are, because I think we can actually make a change, because I still believe in humanity.
But today, only for this. And this is enough.
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... and I got it for a low low.
While working for the NHC Outreach, I got in touch not only with the culture and history of this country, but also with many Khmer people.
I got to realise, after I shot a few of these portraits, how when you isolate the subjects from their context - the dirt, the garbage, the chaos - you can better read, in their emotive, direct gaze, the individual stories of what is life like after the end of the Khmer Rouge.
And although I can't always pull out my DSLR - because I'm working and because when they notice the lens they loose the spontaneity I'm looking for - I hope I manage to get a few more portraits like the first, that to me better represents the indomitable spirit of this wonderful people.
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You already know what I do during the week, so now I'll dedicate this 'week in pictures' to show you a bit of my weekends, when I take the opportunity to travel around. Traveling in Cambodia isn't like traveling in Europe. There's no fancy transportations systems, no subways or trains, or any great connections. Traveling here means you need to take a bus or get a tuk-tuk or taxi and depending on where you go probably drive for hours... So I wake up early on weekends too. I'm tired, my feet are dirty and my t-shirt is sweaty, but I carry a heart full of miles, landscapes and faces and that is, my friends, pure joy.
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Tuk-tuk drivers are a member of the primate genus Homo Sapiens, distinguished from other sapiens by possessing a rickshaw attached to a 50cm3 motorbike and a great capacity for bargaining speech.
... beautiful lights,
making new friends in the red light district,
lady boys singing Abba,
surviving the hangover,
being blessed by Chinese monks with freezing water,
wine evenings on rooftops,
letting your spirit free,
couples matching their outfits,
and indian wedding anniversary celebrations.
Bangkok is unbelievable. ♥ Read more »
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