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NIKON CORPORATION
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Cambodia - Expressions by lux69aeterna Cambodia - Expressions by lux69aeterna
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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:iconmitochondrotica:
mitochondrotica Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Wonderment, curiosity, infinite potential... This is so beautiful.
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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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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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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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