About Me

Sok Sobi. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places, particular interest in Landscape, People and Travel photography. Pictures and stories that bring Social Awareness and the potential for long term social change or policy are important to me. I use Canon Digital Cameras (EOS 1Ds,1D Mk1,2,4 plus Powershot G11) with a selection of Canon lenses, the 24-105 IS f4L being my favourite at present. I use Lightroom & Photoshop Elements to edit my work. Canon equipment and lenses give me just what I need, reliability and high IQ. I am now living and working in Cambodia, South East Asia, using Phnom Penh as a base to explore the region. I publish stories that are important to me on my blog but always try to give a balanced picture.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Visit to AOGAAH SCHOOL

The School was lucky to have a visit from Ken Kramer of Seatasea Watersports who has been a longstanding supporter of Aogaah Foundation.

 

He was accompanied on his visit by his friends and traveling companions Jeff Faircloth and Jim Wiegand. They all spent, what we hope was an interesting and informative  morning at Aogaahs two schools, accompanied by Teacher Rick, seeing how the schools run and talking with the Teachers and Kids.

 

As always the children enjoyed having visitors to their school and showed off their talents accordingly.

 

A big heartfelt thanks goes out from all the children and staff of Aogaah Foundation School for the support Ken has given us for the past year, your gift has given many children an opportunity to learn and prosper. Come visit us again soon.

 
The Mid-Wests Premier Watersports Center.
6545 4th St. SW • Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-365-6066 • sales@seatasea.com

Monday, 29 April 2013

Crazy madness

Went to Tinat Restaurant on 51st at 5 oclock to eat and watch the traffic madness. Along came a cop and immediately made things even worse, so funny. Great food at Tinat, so cheap but friendly service and go at the right time and you can watch the circus on the road.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Traffic,traffic and more traffic

No the city is not totally back to normal but there are definately more vehicles around today, things a begining to open up again.



And its raining

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

51st EMPTY

I have never seen 51st, one of the main busy bar and tourist streets, so empty before. The place is dead. This is New Year, Khmer style ..

51st Phnom Penh. Near the Black Cat Bar
 I even had trouble finding a motodup yesterday although a few are around today.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Happy Khmer New Year

The city (Phnom Penh) is empty, everyone (well not everyone) has gone to their original province to celebrate New Year with relatives. PP is very quiet, lots of the clubs and pubs/restaurants closed for 3 days ....

Come back PLEASE all is forgiven.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Exhibition of the week: Sebastião Salgado – Genesis


 Looks a great exhibition would love to see it but not a chance at present

I sometimes wonder

why do I choose to live in Cambodia ?  The last few days (weeks) have been so hot, topping 34'C during the daytime, and little cooler at night. My apartment has no air conditioning, just fans and it has been pretty much like living inside a fan assisted oven, role on the rainy season.


This guy has the right idea, stay in the shade and sleep. Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, so they say (but not this Englishman)

 

Oh my GOD

my favourite little sidewalk restaurant (TINAT) has closed for the Khmer New Year, where am I going to eat now. Closed for 3 days, suppose I will have to search out a dew other places (man of habit) or loose a few pound.

 


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Khmer New Year

also known as Chol Chnam Thmay.

Held in mid-April, the festival occurs in 3 days (4 days for leap year). Each festival day has a different name:
The first day is named “Moha Songkran” (or Chol sangkran Chmay)
The second day is named “Wanabat” ( or Wonbof)
The third day is named “Tngai Laeung Saka” ( or Lom Sak)
The forth day (only in leap years) is also named Wonbof
In this holiday, people usually visit each other, wish each other fortune, health, prosperity and join many fun games together.

Will nopefully be out getting some pictures from the 14th of April.








Friday, 5 April 2013

Volunteer House Builders from Tabatha Foundation, Cambodia

I have just spent a most interesting and informative couple of days in Battambong Province, Cambodia with a Volunteer house building group from Tabatha Foundation .

The foundation set up in 1994 by Janne Ritskes, a dual citizen of Cambodia and Canada with 20 years of international experience with integrated community development programs and cottage industry.


Lets get started. Day 1

This group of people came together as a team from across the globe, from Germany, USA, Israel and Canada, to help complete 10 homes for 10 Cambodia families living near Battambong.

Nailing floors was harder than it seemed

The group worked hard in the heat of the Cambodian dry season with temperatures above 30'C, and found the work challenging. Many had obviously not wielded a hammer and nails much before but they certainly gave it there best shot with skill and support provided by Steve Wrigley and Margaret Ellwanger who did a wonderful job on First Aide dealing with all the blistered hands and Steve filling in the gaps and getting the job done. The locals whose houses were being finished also threw their weight behind the job and after two, long hot days, the houses were completed.

Working together.

Steve get the job done.
 

The village women waited patiently, but with obvious anticipation, for their new homes to be finished.

Waiting with anticipation to move into their new homes
The job was completed on time and the new homes, that these people have saved hard for, will give them a base to work towards new goals with the support of the Tabatha Foundation.

More pictures from the trip can be found here 

 




Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Trip to Bangkok

It has been at least 5 years since I was in Bangkok other than passing through the airport on my way to Cambodia or the UK. Man has it changed from my early recollections. I never did spend much time in Thailand, not really my favourite place. Stayed at The Miami Hotel, a little run down but comfortable and cheap considering it was right in downtown Bangkok.


Maybe I'm spoiled, but I found things, in comparison to Cambodia, expensive, booze, company and in general much more expensive than Cambodia, but they do have infrastructure, great rail system and the place is very clean on the streets, unlike Cambodia.


It was also very hot, the beginings of the hot season, to hot for carrying lots of gear around so I stuck mainly to a Canon 1D Mk IV and a Sigma 12-24.