Photographer's Note

Technically this may not be up to the expected TE standard, and this was a photo I had totally overlooked earlier, but when I recently saw it again by coincidence I was so fascinated by the small girl's curious and brave look straight at me that I decided to post it.

I took this photo in the large market in Phnom Penh called Psar Thmei (the link provides a clickable aerial view), built by the French colonial power in the 1930's in the Art Deco style. Next to the Royal Palace and a few temples it is probably the most important landmark in the city. It underwent a major restoration a few years ago (after my visit), financed by the French development agency.

The problem I faced here was the contrast of the relative darkness inside and the strong light just outside. I could not avoid the washed out parts in the background but cropped as much as possible above the persons' heads.

The girl's look, and the glimpse of the activity, was more important than technical perfection.

Here is a larger version.

Two related photos can be seen in the workshop, one showing fish (and flies) another featuring seashells (and more).

To find Psar Thomei you can search for the coordinates 11.56960 104.92091.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12728 W: 572 N: 24350] (103694)
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