They were not on their leisure boats, they were actually a small poor Champa Muslim fishing community, part of a large group living on boats as their permanent floating houses moored at Chroy Changvar peninsula in and around the confluence of Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a stone's from Phnom Penh Royal Palace. This feature had been an integral part of the riverscene for many many years and just another face of the city.
This community entirely dependent on rivers for livelihood and in fact for everything. Their small, brightly painted boats were worlds unto themselves, serving as workplaces, bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, lounges, places of worship and even women gave birth on their boats. Interesting to observe too, how their possessions were kept neatly under wooden floorboards in bins and bags. Some families even reared chickens on their vessels, and at night many would gather around fluorescent light bulbs affixed to car batteries on decks of their boats. It was so distressing to witness this with my own eyes when I was invited on board !!
Usually they went out fishing in the morning at 0400 to 1500 hrs and sold the catch either at the market in town or on the riverbank in the afternoon. The river murky water was their lifeline but they were probably struggling to deal with an uncertain future now as the city development started to mushroom from a dusty war-scarred capital to a bustling metropolis and their presence was certainly an eyesore. This couple who had lived around this spot for 30 years with their four children told me that they wanted to move a shore but they were too poor, they’ll never had the money to fulfill the ambition. I am unsure of latest situation and their fate now after eight years since my last visit.
There was no end of contrasts in this city, both sides of the coin seemed to co-exist side by side here, plenty being surrounded by extreme poverty compared to section of high societies living in comfort within stones' throw just across this river.
In a meantime these boat people lived liked a timeless island amidst the strong currents of change.....
WS1 Safely moored with all their worldly belogings
WS2 This scene represents typical daily routine here.... ..
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jemaflor (82098) 2014-07-23 9:11
Interesting view with boats and people, good result with the wide angle and the colored Fg.
eldancer1 (26036) 2014-07-23 9:36
When I live in San Diego I entertained the idea of buying a small sailboat and live in it, like a lot of people. It would have been a nice choice but the people your photo are forced to live in those boats due to circumstances that are beyond their control. It's a tragedy and I wish the rich nations will provide aid but most of them don't. I like this documentary shot, will presented. TFS.
npecanhuk (62474) 2014-07-23 10:46
Wonderful daily life picture!
So many details to be seen and enjoyed!
High quality photo as well!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent !
TFS - congrats,
cornejo (29287) 2014-07-23 11:55
Abmdsudi Hello, very good view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life, very well captured in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
pajaran (49602) 2014-07-23 12:56
Interesantan tekst o zajednici sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazani camci i korisnici.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Tezak je zivot ljudi na camcu.
An interesting article on the community with the description ...
Nice view and a second ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely displayed boats and users.
Good work with the beautiful photographs in the workshop.
It's a tough life for people in the boat.
All the best.
Fis2 (83138) 2014-07-23 13:03
A very interesting scene from daily life.
I like POV and super colors.
daddo (23104) 2014-07-23 20:22
Salam Abmdsudi. Fascinating note and although their lives are extremely hard, they are not being butchered for being Muslim as in a neighbouring country.There is a romantic view of the open road and the wanderings of the gypsies(Roma) in Europe while here we have the open waters, but I cannot see much to romanticize about in such a life. Thanks for this revealing photo and note and of course for technically a great photo with its unique POV. Best wishes. Klaudio.
ikeharel (54087) 2014-07-24 1:05
Your desciption, Abmdsudi, is a daily-life par-excellence assey.
Seeing this, to western eyes is a unique photo, knowing there are people living this way, but when bringing-up such a photo, makes it a lot more real.
Fine taken from the POV, good afternoon,
rbassin (16901) 2014-07-24 1:21
Une très bonne prise de vue sur ces bateaux habitations avec la présences des occupants.
Détails et couleurs sont intéressants.
dkmurphys (47628) 2014-07-24 2:22
I'm not sure how great they feel living there but for us it looks spectacular and curious. I like the POV and the colors, fine scene from the everyday life moments.
holmertz (38579) 2014-07-24 3:26
This is another excellent contribution to TE, for the informative note as much as the photos. This picture is a very good composition with strong colours, although the muddy water doesn't look so appealing. It's almost embarrassing to be looking straight into these people's livingroom and bedroom, but this is no doubt an interesting photo.
Oceania (4732) 2014-07-24 5:53
Rich people have yachts as toys. Poor people have to live on fishing boats. The difference is huge. It's a nice picture showing this community. Thanks for sharing.
Graal (95974) 2014-07-24 7:03
very nice three images and reportage about the daily life in boats on river. Good colorsrs and composition. Interesting comment in note..
Have a nice day.
adramad (36261) 2014-07-24 8:23
Important ... your interesting note, in order to understand the full extent that this image has.
Tremendous life of these people, you have to adhere to the area of their boats, without a note on the image we would see local color and exotic, but now we see resignation and an uncertain future.
Very good color, which gives much strength to the image.
Great management of brightness, sharpness is also perfect for enjoying the details.
Very well seen and well taken.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (118038) 2014-07-24 8:33
quelle vue et image superbe captage quelle couleur de l'eau en premier plan et le contraste avec le belles barques de bois et les personnage superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (20795) 2014-07-24 8:50
Very good documentary photo, It isn't my way of life but I wish them the best life and good luck
Cricri (102973) 2014-07-24 10:25
Votre est très intéressante, a la fois belle et triste pour ces personnes si pauvres!!
Belle mise en image de ces bateaux/ habitations, bon POV, détails et couleurs, deux WS qui complète cette image d'une vie simple et difficile
Noel_Byrne (22092) 2014-07-24 11:58
Your note is beautifully written, thought provoking and captivating, and you have shared it with such an amazing image. The whole nature of this site is to share our world, and this is the very definition of this. Without your image, I would never know of these people, their lives, the way of life they have and the challenges that face them. It is a beautiful image, full of character, life and color, but I wonder too on reading your note, whatever became of these people?
Thought provoking post, I thank you for this one.
Silvio1953 (118187) 2014-07-24 12:22
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with beautiful boats-hoses, nice scene with people, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jjcordier (74476) 2014-07-24 21:46
Les trois photos présentent bien la vie de cette communauté de pêcheurs. La photo principale est bien composée avec un POV original et une bonne utilisation du grand angle.
claudeD (31217) 2014-07-25 3:36
very fine picture showing this amazing daily life scenery from Cambodia. Very fine colors, clarity and sharpness. Excellent contribution to TE.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
danos (84301) 2014-07-25 4:30
nice the snapshot as the presentation of the two owners of the boats as live in them making their daily jobs.I like the light and the colour management as the excellent presentation.
delpeoples (52771) 2014-07-25 7:10
Hi dear Abmdsudi
What a strange colour the water is in the foreground, I can only imagine it's from the mud and hope it's not pollution. Excellent vertical frame, which elongates the illusion of the boats. The colours are wonderful and you achieved an excellent depth of field.
Warmest wishes, have a good Friday
mesutilgim (81320) 2014-07-25 14:14
Hello dear Abmdsudi,
Wonderfull capture perfect title. They are poor but most probably more happy than those who have to struggle in big cities for life.
TFS and have a nice weekend
CLODO (29722) 2014-07-26 2:14
the use of the wide angle stretches the boat, and we climb on them to discover the seated fisherman and the fisherwoaman mending her nets. You have some gorgeous colors of the boat front, matching well with the muddy water.
my best regards
ourania (28278) 2014-07-26 3:38
all of your photos are interesting and captivating. All three of them, accompanied by your note, offer a very thorough presentation that has a lasting impact on the viewer. I like very much the colour definition in all three pictures, it looks so natural but also moody and poetic. The details that differentiate the boats, the quiet and solemn attitudes of the people are also mesmerizing. The sweeping development of this area may soon force them to leave their traditional way of living and the colour of the water is very unsettling. Excellent work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
mcmtanyel (11571) 2014-07-26 20:56
That is a sad story told elegantly in your photos. My favorite photo is the one whose caption says, "This scene represents typical daily routine here...." I find its composition elegant, with the repeating patterns of the shelters of the boats and the blurry background.
nikkitta (13921) 2014-08-02 12:57
So sad note about the way these people live with not good future ahead, true prisoners of their poverty, but if given the chance of living in a cement, big anonymous building not sure if they will accept
The capture is as always interesting and well presented with contrasting orange waters of the river and the far high horizon
Good work, regards and tfs
adores (35040) 2014-08-03 16:04
We had a community of fishermen who lived also on boats in one of our rivers - they were called the river gipsies. Later they moved to wooden houses on stilts but they were very poor also. I like this shot - it's a very good daily scene. You captured very well the details and their way of living.
photographer_sg (3377) 2014-08-04 12:05
A great note to accompany this intense picture of these people forced to accept life on its own terms. In India too, the life of the fishing community is really tough and monetary returns for the efforts they put to earn their livelihood are inadequate to say the least. The pov that you chose for this shot is perfect in the sense of depth and in the way that it shows the details of the rustic households.
Thanks for sharing this superb picture.
Angshu (55035) 2014-08-06 2:14
A sad commentary about daily lives in the modern society, which is true for almost all developing countries including our own. Boat people are more common in SE Asia and the life they lead is one of extreme struggle which many of our friends from the western =world would not even envisage..
The picture is beautifully done with the viewer almost at hand shaking distance from the front of the boat...
Your WS posts are more hard hitting on this point. Life goes on & alas so does apathy towards others.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41152)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 200 RAW, 77mm Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-23 9:01