Phnom Penh’s colonial heritage is being “resuscitated”. Old stately residences and former hotels are receiving guests once more. The owners tend to be a motley lot: French, Australian, Filipino, Indian… but it is the French who are most visible as the new guests, they and the Americans.
I often find it uncomfortable traveling in former colonies and witnessing the off-handed way in which the former “masters,” or their descendants more likely now, tend to treat the hotel staff, be it in Africa or Asia. Maybe I am too thin skinned, coming myself from a country which has enjoyed independence for only about a hundred years in almost a millennium and a half of its existence.
Anyway, getting back to the photo, the hotel which has echoes of the Art Deco era is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of P.P. Its high whitewashed walls enclose a beautiful garden that features a large swimming pool, luxurious palms, a large shady tree and of course the two storey hotel with its outdoor bar and restaurant. The rooms are very spacious, the bathrooms also. The furniture, plumbing and light fixtures all have a patina of times gone by. A little bit tired but trying hard to look chic, trying to relive the days of yore when the well heeled frequented such places. It’s been open for just two years- I wish it luck. The country needs the tourist dollar and some TLC.
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ourania (51079) 2012-10-19 9:12
this is a very intriguing picture with a strange tranquility and an undermined sense of symmetry that challenge the viewer's mind and help them reflect on the information cited in your note. I like very much the interaction of patterns and colours which seem to have been gathered in one place haphazardly. Your composition and framing enhance the riddle of their coexistence. Sharpness and lighting are superb. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Highmountains (2674) 2012-10-19 12:52
Appreciate your eye for detail. The idea to work on the reflection was fantastic and the effect facinating. The depth of the colours and the sharpness of the images are good. The contrast of the green against the white walls and the reflection against the bluish glass has produced a wonderful effect.
The composition is excellent - with just the right amount of cropp.
Thanks for sharing.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-10-19 18:09
Very good composition and amazing relfections on the water.Very nice colors and splendid atmosphere.Very good job.
Have a peacefull weekend
emka (106570) 2012-10-20 0:00
Very interesting shot with graphic impact, with fine reflections. It definitely looks Art Deco but in fact I do not see how it can look in broader view.
I am now back from Africa, I also saw many animals, as you did in your trip.
Have a great trip
bukitgolfb301 (45107) 2012-10-20 5:08
Hi dear Klaudio, how are you?
So impressive and comfortable image!
Wonderful synmetry and well balanced composition of each component. Outstanding sharpness and clearness is as usual but again admirable. Thanks for your sharing with nice work and have a good weekend!
abmdsudi (57606) 2012-10-20 21:53
Thank you for the well written note and the accompanying photo which relates us to this new era in Cambodia. A symbolic image wonderfully done and a treat for the eyes as i try decipher every elements; the glass reflections, shadows, patterns, other props and scale. This layout looks neat, the crystal deep turquoise water and the parallel lines influence the eyes apart from the eye catching portion of the palm and the calmness and soothing colours obviously makes this simple image wonderful. A great secluded place to relax for a few days. Fine shot. Congrats
agjika (3177) 2012-10-24 5:08
Very well seen. Great symetry and sharpness.I love the fact that there are so many lines everywhere and going all directions it still works.
Lovely tones and reflections.
aliabazari (16278) 2012-10-31 20:25
این نمای بسیار زیبا و جذابی است. نوردهی و ترکیب عالی. بخوبی دیده شده دوست من.