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Cambodia’s Floating Villages: Straight, No Chaser

Floating village in Cambodia

Across the Mekong river from Phnom Penh, lies one of the many Vietnamese ‘floating’ villages in Cambodia. These communities of ethnic Vietnamese formed on the river because according to the government they are not considered Cambodian citizens, and by law cannot own land in Cambodia. So they built their ‘floating’ homes on stilts above the water (technically not built on Cambodian land!).Post Magazine published an interesting article about this.

On our second day visiting Phnom Penh late last year, we took a car ferry over to visit this village as a part of a half day photography tour that I had joined. I found this to be an intriguing, visually exciting (thus the photography tour), but morally confusing experience. Should we be taking tours that profit by taking tourists into the backyards and peeking into houses of some of the most downtrodden people in the country? On the other hand, it is perhaps not a bad thing for the outside world to be aware (even if it is through tourism) of these floating vietnamese communities- who have been completely abandoned by the country they call home. The villagers themselves didn’t seem to be bothered by us at all- in fact the villagers were all smiles, and children were very playful and loved having their photo taken.


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Posted by on May 27th, 2015 in Photo Diary | 0 comments.

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Lares Trek: Andes Polaroid Project

My friend Carina, who helped organise our Lares Trek in Peru, saw an article about some photographers who travelled with a polaroid camera giving children in developing countries their first photograph. We thought that would be a fun thing for us, and a nice little present to give to the locals that we came across on our trek.



Lares Trek Polaroid Peru



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Posted by on May 11th, 2015 in lifestyle and health, Photo Diary | 0 comments.

Straight No Chaser: Bangkok Photo Diary

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Posted by on Jan 5th, 2015 in lifestyle and health, Photo Diary | 0 comments.

Straight No Chaser: Chop Shop, Braddon

Just when you thought that Lonsdale St couldn’t get any more hipster, they crowded funded an arts and music space in an abandoned warehouse called the Chop Shop.






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Posted by on Nov 10th, 2014 in Food and Drink, Photo Diary | 0 comments.

The #SuitcaseDiaries adventures have drawn to a close…

Old suitcases Canon 60D

Old suitcases Canon 60D


……   for now. 

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