perished places of worship
Locations on show: Ta Prohm, Angkor Watt, Bantaey Samre, Bayon and Phimeanakas, Bantaey Srei in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Camera used: Hasselblad 500c with a 50mm lens.
Film type: Kodak Ektar 100.
An exploration disconnected from society, the surreal feeling of being obtained inside a reliquary. These photographs were a set as short project attempting to capturing the beauty of Cambodia’s ancient temples. Travelling through Phnom Penh and Siem Reap during mid December, I carried a selection of camera bodies and lenses in a backpack. Pulling the weight of these precious objects while climbing the Kulen hills towards Kbal Spean, squeezing through small passages Beng Mealea and jumping from gallery to balcony at Bantaey Samre.
With the difficulty of being able to capture the breathtaking space of tranquillity, the majority of these photographs were taken during the golden hours of dawn and dusk. By using the warm, natural light creates a soft comfort and aesthetic appeal to these derelict spaces.
In a way these photographs represent a deceiving reality to these locations. Visiting the ancient temples around Siem Reap during early or late hours gave me the opportunity to photograph the architecture without the expansion of humanity. Some of these photographs contained a slow process, awaiting for any visitors to appear discreet within the frame. Patiently letting time pass until they step into the shadows or walk behind a pillar. An unrealistic representation of Cambodia's famous perished places.
A total of twelve photographs available.