Getting around in Phnom Penh


I’d never been to Southeast Asia and aside from visiting my grandfather in Cuba  and watching movies filmed in India, I had nothing to base my expectations on for this journey.  I knew only to keep my eyes, my heart and my mind open and to keep my camera accessible at all times.   What fascinates me about the Cambodian people is their ingeniousness — their ability to use what little they have to create what they need. These pictures are still frames of a city in constant movement — not just of children using bikes as garbage trucks or women transporting goods on their heads, but really of a lifestyle difficult to define without experiencing it.  In the thickness of disarray I witnessed the existence of structure.  As a spectator, it was hard to see past the chaos of multiple scooters and tuk-tuks buzzing around the streets in a myriad of different directions with little aid from traffic lanes or stop lights.  But upon looking further I noticed a working system based on a cohesive consciousness — a hyper-awareness of one’s surroundings that allowed for the merging of all things.