Inner Courtyard_Angkor Wat_Cambodia

Hasselblad 500CM body and Hasselblad 150mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film Hasselblad 500CM body and Hasselblad 150mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Here’s another old image, this time from a photographic adventure I undertook in 1992. The above mage is a detail from an inner courtyard at Angkor Wat near Siem Reap in Cambodia. The variations in tone and the repetition of horizontal lines drew my attention to this particular architectural element and determined the composition.

From memory I spent around 5 days exploring the area, including some remote sites 20 or so kilometers out from the main tourist area. I understand that today hundreds of thousands of overseas tourists visit Angkor Wat every year. During my visit the numbers were substantially less and I was able to wander through the various sites and, on most days, would have been lucky to see more than a hand full of other western tourists. The peace and quiet of these ancient ruins and the hot, humid conditions seemed to embed the locations with somewhat of an eerie presence. The fact that, while very much a diminished force, the Khmer Rouge were still active in the area only added to the intensity of the moment.

The original color image, made on 120 color negative film, was scanned prior to rendering into black-and-white in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

For those undertaking a trip to southeast Asia including Cambodia, particularly Angkor Wat, in your travel itinerary is well worth considering. I eagerly await my next visit.

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