The Khmer people are the predominant ethnic group in Cambodia, accounting for approximately 90% of the 13.9 million people in the country.
When they look into their past, they can see good times and bad times.
The good times were during the Khmer empire, the largest continuous empire of South East Asia, which existed between A.D. 802 - A.D. 1432.
Its greatest legacy is Angkor, which was the capital during the empire's zenith. Angkor bears testimony to the Khmer empire's immense power and wealth.
The bad times were under the government of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge party from 1975 until 1979. The period saw the death of approximately 2 million Cambodians through the combined result of political executions, starvation, and forced labor, about 25% to 30% of the entire population.
When hoping for a better future for their poor country, Khmer people must also face up into their turbulent past, good times and bad times alike.
The face on the right is from the famous Bayon temple in Angkor that was built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers.
The face on the left belongs to a young khmer girl I met in the Bayon temple. She was a local tourist from the modern capital of cambodia - Phnom penn.
Despite 800 years that separate them in time, I could not help notice the similarity in their facial features, the face of the khmer nation.
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konok (2068) 2007-10-10 14:46
Traczewska (14) 2007-10-10 14:54
I like the idea and composition.. Those faces are really alike.. especcially their lips and smile in the eyes are taken from the same pattern..
with regards, Agnieszka
PeterDF (421) 2007-10-10 18:18
Quite an impressive match there...very interesting composition. Remarkable how her face mirrors that of the temple ruins. Very nicely done.
sothy81 (9630) 2007-10-11 7:46
I was intrigued by this picture a lot. I cannot imagin that you thought of this comparison idea to put 2 of them together. This is just excellent. Super creativity of you. Of course they look really the same. A sucessful shot. Well done. Sothy
anducina (8407) 2007-10-11 12:21
Interesting collage, I like the double b&w portrait, with their similar mysterious smiles...
cuneyt-sb (6576) 2007-10-12 0:00
Very good capture and show of they similar to oldies.
Good compo and clever shot
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-10-13 1:04
A great idea to put these two faces in the same picture.
I like a lot too your BW, very pleasant.
jhm (152842) 2007-10-14 1:39
Very nice idea with the both portraits beside each other, also the black and white image are a good presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice sunday,
bwiti (402) 2007-10-16 13:40
This is a good idea of composition, you prove that we can't escape his history, congratulations...
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-10-17 1:10
Creative photojob with very interesting POV.
I like how you compare these two faces and the black and white format
TFS and greetings
PS - Thanks for your visit and comments
edal (6804) 2007-10-22 12:40
It's fascinating similarity of past and present Khmers. Your story adds more links with the history of those people.
elmec (12210) 2007-11-02 6:38
I like You idea! CongratulationS!
sta (170) 2010-08-02 10:44
Thats very interesting idea that you made some "little research" about face and historical background of culture on khmer people..