Photo: The Elder of Wat Bo in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Elder of Wat Bo

The Elder of Wat Bo

Wat Bo in Siem Reap, Cambodia is one of my favorite places to photograph. Upon entering the grounds there is just a sense of decompression and peace. The main temple is usually locked but the guy sitting here, the pagoda elder, has always been happy to unlock it and let me make photos. Sometimes, if he isn’t too busy with other duties, he is happy to pose. I like this shot because of the western couple in the background looking out of the windows. The image itself is a little noisy, ISO1250, but I think simulates film grain and in this case add to the photo. No how hard you plan when making a photo a little serendipity always helps.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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