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Crumbling Cambodian Casino

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Hand-printed cyanotype photo on Lanaquarelle paper, from Bokor Hill Station, Cambodia.
First in a limited edition of 20 prints.

My Bokor in Blue series of cyanotype prints are now available from John McDermott Gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each print in the edition is unique due to my brushed application of the chemicals, and the available sunlight and water that day.

The image above was taken during the 16 months I lived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 2005-6. When not printing photos, I worked as a radio DJ and organized a program to teach photography to children who’d been injured by landmines. Eventually I worked with the Angkor Photo Festival to teach digital photography to street children.

This series was my first visual work to explore the no-man’s-land of cultural fusion and friction, particularly between East and West. Bokor was built by the French for their wealthy colonists in the early 20th century, then was a popular spot for the Cambodian King and elite during the 1960’s Reyum period. It still bears the scars of the Khmer Rouge-Vietnamese conflict during the 70s, and graffiti from the trickle of travellers who’ve made their way there ever since.

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