Photographer's Note

This was taken from inside a moving bus but I just couldn't resist snapping this one. The monks with their yellow umbrellas caught my attention and I liked the juxtaposition of the man on the motorbike.

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and situated on the banks of Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers. It was once a colony of France and known as the 'Pearl of Asia' because of the beautiful French-influenced architecture. There is still a run-down charm about parts of the city.

The Khmer Rouge entered the city in 1975 and Pol Pot (an idealistic psychopath) initiated the isolation of Cambodia and the return of a completely agricultural economy and the concept of 'year zero'. Phnom Penh was evacuated inline with Pol Pot's policy and people only started to return to the city in 1979 when the Vietnamese drove out the Khmer Rouge. One in seven Cambodians (about 1 million) had been killed or died as a direct result of the activities of the Khmer Rouge. Years of turmoil and civil war followed until a peace treaty in 1991. Cambodia has seen economic growth since then.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 0 N: 4741] (23019)
  • Genre: Persone
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2012-11-05
  • Categories: Vita quotidiana
  • Esposizione: f/4, 1/350 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2014-10-24 23:56
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