Cambodia – Part Six: The Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal

From Battambang I boarded a bus heading south for the sleepy town of Kompong Chnang. This was a good base for exploring the floating villages on the Tonle sap Lake, and it was way off the tourist map – only a couple of hotels and one restaurant in the town! Made a nice change from Siem Reap. The only way to check out the floating communities that live on the lake was by boat, so I went down to lake shore and negotiated a price with a local boat.

Photographically I wanted to avoid just shooting everything with the long lens, peering in on peoples lives – so only took the 24-70 and 14-24. When you set off on these sort of explorations its such a novel world that you enter that you can end up snapping everything, looking back later I could see most of the pictures wouldn’t have any impact, it was usually the frames which had eye contact with a subject, or extraordinary lighting that would work. I’d chosen to only set off the boat ride a couple of hours before dusk – to make the most of the lower, warmer lighting, and I went out again the following morning at sunrise to finish the job – i knew there was a great shot to be had of the boat-woman paddling out into the low sun with the flare coming through but we hadn’t quite managed to get the shot the evening before (partly because I don’t speak Cambodian so was struggling to communicate my idea!).

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

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Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

Floating Villages of Phoum Kandal, Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, Indochina, Asia

 

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