Photographer's Note

Angkor Wat had left me overawed & I’m sure the same goes for all visiting this mighty edifice of mankind. I still remember how I froze at the first glimpse of Angkor. I had read and visualised about this famous landmark, an icon of human achievement for years & there I was, standing in front and I pinched myself. Yes, I was really there!

The awe at the grandeur is reflected in the photographs one takes in this place, which often turn out to be classical and often clichéd, good as personal memories. But for posting a shot in TE...well till now I didn’t post one. Reason...the number of fabulous shots already posted here. The other day when I was showing my shots (more than a hundred of them) of Angkor to my friend, & he seemed to take a liking to this one...he knows that I post shots in TE & he insisted that I should post this one even though it’s clichéd.

It was about 9 in the morning of the 3rd day of 2006, but there were a blanket like grey cloud cover over the grand monument. This POV is from the left side with the pond of lilies. On the right the causeway leads up to the temple. Of course the prime attraction to me was the dramatic clouds and the dark effect overall. The sun rises from behind Angkor & hence the darkish silhouette-ish effect on the temple. Surprisingly despite the dark clouds, it didn’t rain (I heard later that it had rained earlier in the morning) & after I came out of Angkor about 3 hours later, the sky was largely blue. More photographs..with the blue sky backdrop…but somehow this one appeals to me more.

Angkor Wat, originally named Vrah Vishnulok - the sacred abode of Lord Vishnu, is the largest temple in the world. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit word 'nagara' meaning 'holy city'. Vatika is Sanskrit word for temple. "The city which is a temple," Angkor Wat is a majestic monument, the world's largest religious construction in stone, and an architectural masterpiece.

Clichéd view...maybe, but then it’s a shot I love & hence my decision to PP except sharpening.

This one’s for Vincent and Sabyasachi who visited this place in August & October respectively this year.

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