Up at the old abandoned hill station of Bokor which lies in the Bokor national park at an altitude of 1080m there is also an old Catholic church. This is the interior of the church. During the fighting with the invasion of the Vietnamese in 1979 the Khmer Rouge held out at the hill station for several months, and one unit was inside this Catholic church whilst being shot at from the Bokor Palace only 500m away. Some people think that some of the drawings and writing is from the soldiers. The hill station has since remained uninhabited, except for the presence of either Vietnamese troops or Khmer Rouge guerrillas during much of the 80's and 90's.
-some info from Loney planet
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ribeiroantonio (22631) 2008-05-12 22:35
It is a very good photo and a very interesting story, even if I believe that many of the writing will be graffiti made by visitors. The B&W conversion is excellent and a good option to present the picture and the associated message.
dvlazar (6644) 2008-05-12 23:49
Good work creating a piece of art out of the ruins and abandoned church. The lighting on the wall is captured well with the rest in darkness.
japiey (10163) 2008-05-13 0:59
I agree with David in his words... You create a piece of art, here.
Excellent work, well done.
All the best, dear friend.
vincz (19099) 2008-05-13 1:03
Very interesting catch of this mytical abandonned place. Truly artistic composition. i like it a lot.
Floydian (30970) 2008-05-13 6:34
Ben ik niet geweest, maar nu ik dit zie zeer zeker een bezoekje waard. Geen spectaculaire foto, maar wel eentje met een heel diepzinnig verhaal. Alleen daarom moet al gezien worden hier.
Mooi en goed gepresenteerd in sober ZW...
siolaw (37642) 2008-05-13 23:33
A difficult subject to show but quite interesting IMO... IT tells a story, a long story of war and this derelict church and place look quite eerie... i ve not been there but it looks interesting!
aadilj (18102) 2008-05-14 3:15
Thats a lovely one from you again and in a different mood and genre. I like the tonality and textures in this one
UnTrained (0) 2008-05-14 3:57
on the walls here we find graffiti, writings only on special rooms for personal affairs. The contrast is well exposed, not only the writings also the texture is good to see. This left construction a bit reminding me to a chimney would be better if it is complete I think.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
brandstaetter (15913) 2008-05-14 8:05
well seen, this composition of square and rectangular elements, and the stone with the gothic shape as a focal point at the right position.
Good one ! Besides this, I think itīs sad that people do their writings also in sacred places..
MayaG (2413) 2008-05-15 4:54
this photo attracted me right from the thumbnail. For the mood, and really nice tonalities, and subtle lighting. Simple, yet so interesting to explore...well, for me at least.
Manamo (3654) 2008-06-12 12:27
Wanda, this is a nice piece of history. Too bad visitors feel like writing their own graffitis. I hate when people do that actually. As if the place was theirs...anyway, I like your shot
the soft and hard tones mix well and fit the story perfectly. There is not REAL focal point in this one, however, my eyes always comeback to that drawing of a man's face seen from the side.
Too bad the chimney is not complete...
BitterMoon (2776) 2008-06-17 0:01
It`s create a certain mode...those writings on the wall,the cross...signs of the past,even if few are made later.
Love the fine grain and contrast of the Ilford HP5.
Very fine work.
My kind regards
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14406)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-04-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K1000, Pentax 50mm f/1.7, Ilford HP5 Plus 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 20:50