Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

Ta Prohm

This photo was taken last April during our visit to Ta Prohm in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (This is where my spirit animal, Angelina Jolie, shot the film Tomb Raider.)

At first, I was having second thoughts about posting this photo. Is it unusual enough? I didn’t think it was that unusual. It just stood out from the rest. But then, I remember my mother asking me once, “How come you only took photos of huge rocks?” She saw the set of photos that I uploaded in Facebook, and she wasn’t all that happy when she only saw piles and piles of rocks.

Some people think that we should only take photos of people and beautiful scenery (with people in it), like my mother. Most people want to capture beauty instead of strange, neatness of chaos. Well, this photo is different.

I wanted to capture the chaos, the result of natural wear and tear that comes with age. These rocks withstood thousands of years of rain, shine, quakes, and wars, yet the whole structure is still standing strong. The roots of the trees have grown so much, to the point that most of them grew on top of the temple, inside the temple, and between the walls. There’s something gratifying in seeing something as unique as this.

For me, its age, organized chaos, and history are the factors that make Ta Prohm beautiful.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Bayon Temple

Angkor Thom a.k.a Bayon Temple

Pattern (n) – a repeated decorative design

Surprise, surprise! This post isn’t about pattern, but rather, the lack of it.

From afar, you would think that the designs in this temple are exactly the same. If you look closer, you will observe that this is not the case. One smile may be wider than the other’s, the expression different. This is all part of the exquisite design of the Angkor temples.

Just take a look at the photo below. This was taken in one of the walls inside Angkor Wat. It depicts the war between demons and the Hindu Gods, and if you’re patient enough to study each carving, you would see that every single image is unique.

Angkor Wat

What’s more impressive is this: the carvers have to perfect their carvings the first time. There’s no room for error, because if one of them makes a mistake, they have to replace the whole wall. And trust me, if it’s hard to find a gargantuan limestone rock at this day and age, how much more back then, when everything had to be done manually?

I guess this is one of the reasons why Siem Reap had become one of my favorite cities. It captured not only my heart, but also my mind, in just a couple of days.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Damnoen Saduak

I’m two weeks too late for this but I’m still going to post this, regardless.

When I first read the topic in my Feed, I was excited. Oh, the ideas I have! I mean, it was the most perfect timing. I was still on a trip where I visited three new countries that I have never been to before, it was all new and I just can’t wait to share it.

But alas, I forgot to bring my camera home…so there, the post had to wait.

Anyway, about this photo— this was taken when we went to Damnoem Saduak Floating Market in Thailand. I’m not sure how far from Bangkok the location was, as I was asleep all throughout the journey, but it was a refreshing sight nevertheless.

I was thinking of using a photo I took in a Vietnamese Fishing Village, but I had second thoughts. Why? Well, while the boats they use are one-of-a-kind and the way they come together as a group is fascinating, there are a lot of countries with fishing villages albeit less impressive than the one we saw. But with this floating market, it might not be the only one in the world, but there certainly isn’t many.

We didn’t buy anything, except for the Mango Sticky Rice that was being sold by a lady in one of the boats we came across. It was such a unique experience. And oh, the food was great.

Check out the mosaic below for a few other photos from the Floating Market: