Cambodia Black and White

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Cambodia Black and White, by Pierre-Emmanuel Moingt 

I do love Cambodia. I do love its people, its countryside, its atmosphere. While traveling around the country during my three stays between 2009 and 2012, I took thousands of photos with my reflex or compact camera. I loved the amazing hues of green of the ricefields during the rainy season, the orange clothes of the monks, the bright yellow of the temples…

During my last stay in Cambodia with Tania in February , I brought my Zenit Camera and took photos with black and white films. For the first time, I saw Cambodia without its colours: in black and white. Cambodia thus looked completely different to me, but as beautiful as before: light, shadows, contrasts and forms had something else to tell, something more powerful. I also realize that black and white photos look timeless, like the memories.

J’aime le Cambodge. J’aime son peuple, sa campagne, son atmosphère. En voyageant à travers le pays durant mes trois séjours entre 2009 et 2012, j’ai pris des milliers de photos avec mes appareils photos reflex ou compact. J’adorais les incroyables nuances de vers des rizières pendant la saison des pluie, les vêtements oranges des moines, le jaune brillant des temples…

Durant mon dernier séjour au Cambodge avec Tania en Février , j’ai apporté mon appareil photo Zenit et pris des photos avec des pellicules noir et blanc. Pour la première fois, j’ai vu le Cambodge sans ses couleurs: en noir et blanc. Ainsi le Cambodge m’a semblé complètement différent, mais aussi beau que par le passé. La lumière, les ombres, les contrastes et les formes ont quelque chose d’autre à raconter, quelque chose de plus fort. J’ai également réalisé que les photos en noir et blanc semblent hors du temps, comme les souvenirs.

1. A proud posture (Battambang, Cambodia)

A proud posture, Battambang, Cambodia

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2. The tree that touches the sky (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

The tree that touches the sky, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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3. Glance (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Glance, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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4. Waiting for the time to pass (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Waiting for the time to pass, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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5. The wheel of time (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

The wheel of time, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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6. Like a family (Battambang, Cambodia)

Like a family, Battambang, Cambodia

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7. Silent music (Battambang, Cambodia)

Silent music, Battambang, Cambodia

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8. The smell of grass (Battambang, Cambodia)

The smell of grass, Battambang, Cambodia

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9. Looking through the centuries (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Looking through the centuries, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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10. Deep in thought (Battambang, Cambodia)

Deep in thought, Battambang, Cambodia

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11. An endless movement (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

An endless movement, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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12. Happy together (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Happy together, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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13. In the middle of nowhere (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

In the middle of nowhere, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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14. An unexpected meeting (Battambang, Cambodia)

An unexpected meeting, Battambang, Cambodia

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15. Innocence (Battambang, Cambodia)

Innocence, Battambang, Cambodia

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CV_2 Photos & text by Pierre-Emmanuel Moingt, Cambodia, March 10, 2015

First published on March 10, 2015 in No Boundaries

TO READ IN PDF (pp. 94–102): HCH-4-MAYO-2015