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When you think about Angkor and Cambodia, you will surely think about temples, the Khmer empire or just relics of the past. Even though, there's something more striking than the temples. These are the children wandering around during the day selling books or other stuff. Many people would be quite bothered, or even feel bad about seeing those little ones that should be at school at this time of the day. But there's also another way to react on this unusual meeting, just take a bit of time and communicate with them. There you might find an experience worth being called experience.

Innocence, emptiness, sadness... What can you see in her striking eyes or smile?

Nikon D300, Tokina 12-24mm, B+W UV filter.

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:iconjules-101:
jules-101 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
A remarkable photo & I love your viewpoint. Many of "us" (people from other countries) think we know so much that we can judge, pity, shake our heads at the way of life in vastly different places than those we have grown up within. We KNOW nothing compared to the simple smiles, delight and daily feeling of living that exist beyond our own experiences. Hunger & starvation are not acceptable anywhere, but I know that in some of the poorest cultures, there exists a kind of joie de vivre that I almost never see here in the USA. Interesting...
 Facepalm :-? (Confused) hmm Heart 
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mitochondrotica Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Wonderment, curiosity, infinite potential... This is so beautiful.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Thank you a lot Miss! It's also one of my favourites... So many thoughts when you see her... But i can assure you, Cambodian kids are some of the happiest and fun-making kids in the world :)
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mitochondrotica Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
In observation, I've found (in a very generalized sense) that children do not usually mourn for their misfortunes. They're incredibly resilient and optimistic. You're so welcome.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Let's say here in the temples of Cambodia the children want to sell you something or ask for 1 dollar... So they put sad faces, but right after they're smiling and playing with each other... So it's a bit staged how this girl looks like... As i worked 2 years visiting these temples every 2 weeks, i've seen her smiling a lot at other times i was there :) 
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mitochondrotica Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Hahaha! I have a child who pulls the same routine. She's a smart cookie! You're fortunate to gain an alternative perspective. If you don't mind me asking, what were you working on?
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Allright, i see :D Well, at the time (2009 & 2010) i was working as tour representative in Vietnam/Cambodia, so every two weeks i went with my groups of tourists in 6 temples :) 
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:iconmitochondrotica:
mitochondrotica Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Wow, is that what you do usually then? It looks as though you travel often. I'm a tad envious :)
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
Now i haven't worked for 1 year and a half, but i used to :) With that i worked 1 year in thailand, 1 in china, 2 in vietnam cambodia and my last contract was costa rica/nicaragua/panama... Then my company went bankrupt, so i travelled 9 months between mexico and argentina... And now i'm in ecuador... with a hernia in bed :) And hoping i get fit for a trip to the galapagos islands that is planned at the end of this month... :(
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artiethief Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013

Ik heb mijn reisplannen naar Cambodja helemaal niet opgegeven hoor. Alleen heb ik altijd al ook naar Nieuw Zeeland willen gaan, en het was nu de uitgelezen kans om een hele maand vrij te nemen en rond te trekken.

Maar Cambodja zal wel in het najaar 2014 op het programma komen zeker weten. Love the world!

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artiethief Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
't is ook een fantastisch beeld! Ik kan er naar blijven kijken. Wat zou er van haar geworden zijn?
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013   Photographer
Ik veronderstel dat ze nog altijd zaken verkoopt in de Ta Prohm tempel... Maar al die kinderen verdienen heel goed hun leven :) 
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artiethief Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
:) (Smile) 
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artiethief Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Niet alleen sprekende, mysterieuze, mooie foto, maar ook harverwarmende uitleg, die mij raakt. Ik kan er niet op antwoorden.  +fav 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Photographer
Vriendelijk bedankt Elsie :) Zoals ik misschien ooit eens gezegd heb, dat dit voor een lange tijd mijn favo foto was :) 
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theheek Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing image
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013   Photographer
Thank you a lot! :) 
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
u are welcome alot
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Photographer
:)
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jijikit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
An amazing photo.  I wish I could share in this experience also as sad as her eyes dive into me.  Well done!
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   Photographer
Thank you a lot for your kind words Gayle! :) 
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:iconjijikit:
jijikit Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome and keep up the wonderful work! :aww:
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Photographer
Thank you for the positive words :) 
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AntonioGouveia Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good job!
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Photographer
Thank you a lot my friend :)
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AntonioGouveia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem, well deserved ;)
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:iconshadowsofsilence1234:
Soooooooooooooooooo Beautiful.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013   Photographer
Thank you a lot! :) I'm happy you like it, as it is one of my favourite photographs :)
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BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Like cherubs of Indochina (Southeast Asia)...
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you for the comment Benjamin!
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:iconbenjaminhopkins:
BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. I just pray no one else takes it the wrong way...
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Photographer
I always keep coming back to this.
Such beautiful children.
Bless them.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Photographer
:)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Heartbreaking, but beautiful. :heart:
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Photographer
Thank you a lot :)
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Vlad-Off-kru Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Photographer
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Photographer
Thank you a lot :)
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baba49 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Emmylou4246 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a beautiful picture and what an experience.
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   Photographer
Thank you a lot Emmy!

S.
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Khittyniferous Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
what a beautiful little girl.... I want her >8|
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
What a sweatheart
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a very well captured photo but very sad to see the look in the girls eyes. Maybe she has lots of fun and happy moments in her life too but overall both children look sad and in this day and age nobody should have to work as a child unless they want to.
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Boneappetit Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, although sad, but an excellent capture !!!
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MayaVogrin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
:wow: A work worth beeing called art.
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   Photographer
Thank you a lot for the comment Miss!
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MayaVogrin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
You're welcome :)
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Solar-Slash Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
aww... she's so cute~
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:iconlux69aeterna:
lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Photographer
:)
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angel-n-disguise Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Amazing and touching photo.
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