Beyond the Image

Because each image holds a story.

An early morning bicycle ride

Early one morning I decided to set out on my bicycle to cycle through Chreave Village.  Chreave village is one of my favourite villages in Siem Reap to visit and photograph.

I approached the local Pagoda as the sun was just starting to burn away the early morning haze. The light was beautiful as it bounced off the main temple and surrounding stupas.

As I parked my bike and took my hat off, I was met by one of the head head monks.  He greeted me with a smile and took my hand, offering me a seat outside his home and a cool coconut to drink.  I referred to him as Da Khun (head monk).

After speaking for a while, I indicated that I was a photographer. He told me that he was a teacher and asked if I would take his photograph.  I had the honor of being able to photograph him holding a prized portrait of the Monk who had once been his teacher.  We visited the school he was taught in as a boy, which has now fallen into disrepair.

From that morning on we formed a friendship. I would visit him often over my time in Cambodia.