Cambodia & Photography: Phnom Penh Monks

Everyone that has been to Phnom Penh or elsewhere in Cambodia has photographed the monks, and most have done a far better job than me. There were times when I felt embarrassed at the sight of (mostly middle-aged Western men with huge telephoto lenses and bags full of gear) tourists stalking and chasing the monks just to get a photo. For that reason I tried to avoid being drawn to them as a subject, but occasionally I saw something that made me react. This was one of them.

There are a couple more photographs of monks here and here.

カンボジアに行った事のある人たちは、恐らくお坊さんの写真を撮ったと思います。たまに、大きなカメラやレンズを持って、ストーカーみたいに、お坊さんを追いかけていたカメラマンもいました。それをみると恥ずかしく感じるし、もちろん自分より上手く撮る人も沢山いるから、出来るだけお坊さんの写真を遠慮していました。しかし、時々ある風景に出会うとシャッターを押すしかない。この風景はそのひとつ。

ここにもお坊さんの写真がいくつかあります。Here and here.

Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

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