Photographer's Note

Angkor Wat

Even after 800 years these graceful dancing Apsaras still display their warmth and beauty. Each of Angkor Wat's apsaras is unique. Elaborate headwear, jewellery, body posture and facial expressions define each one, whether they appear in twos or threes or on their own.

Immediately noticable, on most Cambodian temple reliefs of apsarasas, are the sideways-pointing feet of the dancers. Technically, the reliefs are so shallow that a volumetrically extended foot would simply not fit. Artistically, the Cambodians tended to avoid figural perspective. Culturally, their sideways- pointing feet are also consistent with politeness (one should not point one's feet towards a superior). When goddesses appear in shallow relief, the feet are splayed apart rather than side-by-side; guardian figures usually have their feet set normally upon the floor.

My concentration was to capture the variations of these Aprasas in their head and bodygear, postures & gestures. Each variation offers a unique mood and testimony to the enduring beauty carved into these temples. It is truly beauty frozen in time. I have tried to capture the window on the right in the same frame to have that added perspective. Hope you like this picture.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7852 W: 324 N: 16061] (56760)
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