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Ta Prohm was built by the last great king of the Khmer empire, Jayavarman VII as a monastery and Buddhist university. The interlaced roots and walls makes it certainly one of the most photogenic and photographed temples in Angkor. Contrary to other temples, it was left in a state close to its re-discovery. This was chosen to this purpose by the Ecole française d'Extreme Orient as a "concession to the general taste for the picturesque." A lot of work has nevertheless been necessary to stabilize the ruins and its access.
It is not really easy to photograph this temple - unless you're here at the best times of day -because of the high contrasts between the rather dark aisles of the temple and the very bright sky (especially if like me you had an overcast sky). That's why I went for a view which excluded the sky and a shift in black and white which I found was well adapted to the subject.

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