The mysteriously beautiful sights of Cambodia are more than well captured in the Light Of Angkor photography exhibition.
|PHOTO: Burnard Seow
Imagine walking through the countless corridors of the ancient temples at Angkor Wat—what would you see? Sculptured walls, perhaps, or maybe stone chambers evoking an air of reverence for the past and glimmering reflections seen through water puddles and lakes? These are but a few of the stunning landscape shots finely captured in a collection of 14 photographs, meticulously selected for a photography exhibition titled Light Of Angkor.
The collection is drawn from several exploratory trips to Cambodia over the past year by four local photographers: JimOrca Yong, Burnard Seow, Rudy Taslim and Michael Chan. In a collaboration with KidsMatter, an interest group birthed from a collective wish to help underprivileged Cambodian children, the quartet aimed to create a visual feast captivating the viewer with feelings of grandeur evoked by Angkor Wat.
Yong, a seasoned photo artist, found his lifelong passion for photography at the age of 14. For him, happiness is walking through cities, suburbs or rural places with his camera, capturing the sights and soaking in the culture of the people he walks amongst. With influences from photography masters such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, to social entrepreneurs such as Jack Sim, founder of World Toilet Organization, Kong Hee, founder and senior pastor of City Harvest Church, and even Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake, Yong loves to celebrate the connectedness of the world and its various inhabitants and elements through his camera lens. He shared, “In life, each of us have a calling that beckons us to stay focused till the end in order to fulfill it.”
Burnard Seow, who currently works as a designer at the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, has always been intrigued by photographs since he was a child. He remembers flipping through dusty albums filled with black and white photos of his parents and grandparents—stumbling upon these pictures transported him into another space, one where the events unfold within a place of time. With influences from photography masters Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry and most recently Chinese photographer Lu Guang, Seow showcases his gift for capturing unique perspectives in his collection, and re-telling the life stories of others in intimate detail.
The Light of Angkor exhibition will be on from Dec. 10 to 30 at K.Ki and the Little Dröm Store (No. 7 Ann Siang Hill). Log on to travellightpeople.blogspot.com for more details on JimOrca’s photographic works and kidsmattercambodia.blogspot.com/ for more information on KidsMatter.