As a result of the Pol Pot regime, where all photographs were destroyed, modern Cambodian photographers have had to re-establish collections of photographs. Here, photographs of day to day life has immense value.
At first, I thought the task would be simple – it was not. Photographing my life, with the sole purpose being to capture the moment, instead of focusing on making it look aesthetically appealing, required a shift in perspective; I was not looking for a good angle, but to snap it how I see it. The purpose of this task is to collect memories of my every day life. However, when I now look back on the pictures, I do see the beauty in every day actions, especially my morning beach yoga views and mediation incense burnings.
The photo series below consist of 57 individual images. It is not necessarily each individual picture, but the collective impression portrayed when scrolling through that captures the sounds and sights of my day.
“You can hear something a thousand times and not know it; yet if you see it with your eyes just once, you know.” — Khmer proverb.
Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) â€˜Autoethnography: An Overviewâ€˜, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1. Available at:Â http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095