Days of Light
Images of a Changing Cambodia
de Peter Oxley - with a foreword by Virgil Calaguian
DAYS of LIGHT reveals an aspect of Cambodia that many visitors may not even be aware of and which Cambodians have seldom seen depicted in photographs. By showing ordinary people, the images remind Cambodians of their own lives. “That’s me!” exclaimed a young Cambodian upon seeing a photograph of children playing at sunset. The feeling of being part of these ordinary lives is amplified by Peter’s distinctive eye. Rather than showing scenes or vignettes of village life through the lens of a detached observer, he focuses on the people and thus creates a sense of personal encounter. These photographs are both a homage to the Cambodian people and a record of how it used to be when the flow of life was governed by the coming and going of the seasons, by the natural cycle of light and darkness in each passing day, by people’s innate closeness to the earth, and by their thankful appreciation of the simple joys of life.
Professional photographer, Englishman, permanent resident of Japan, now residing in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I run and manage The Cockatoo Nature Resort with writer Virgil Calaguian. The Cockatoo is only minutes away from the magnificent famed and fabled monuments of Angkor Wat. The resort has been the venue for writers' and photographers' workshops. We warmly welcome those who would like to bring groups here. I also personally run half-day and full-day photo tours in and around Siem Reap, including the Angkor Archaeological Park, the Floating Village, Beng Melea and the countryside. To check out my photography website, you are cordially invited to visit: http://www.pbase.com/peteroxley