The mixing of religions, cultures and philosophies has defined Cambodia and its people. The constant wars with neighboring states as well as countries that few Cambodian's knew existed, helped shape the art and attitude of its people. When I first arrived, I took everything that I saw for granted, as if it was the singular culture of the region. As I began to look closer, and compare what I was seeing with my other travels, I was able to see the pattern for its individual weaves. From the influence of India and China, due to the Silk Road passing through there, to the modern impact of imperialism, communism and democratic ideology.
"My friend called me and was telling me to go to the city and learn. I was doubtful, until my friend told me something that drove me to leave everything I knew, and everything I loved. He told me, 'if you do not come to get an education, you will never be able to travel and see the world'. I could not imagine a life without traveling to see the world. The next day I left home."
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.