1. Silent orchestra


    Music for the eyes.

     
  2. Angkor scenes

     
  3. Lost entrance

     
  4. the misguided parasol

     
  5. Field of stones

     
  6. Puzzles of Angkor

     
  7. Banyan and palm tree in symbiosis, in Kampong Cham, Cambodia

     
  8. as a small kid in rural Flanders, Friday was always fish day :-)

     
  9. blue morning on Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia

     
  10. at Angkor Wat - decoration of the base of the support pillars of the open galleries

     
  11. It’s not only beautiful Apsaras and Devatas @ Angkor Wat ;-)

     

  12. Dark night, Fairy light


    On a dark moonless night, man creates the fairy light.

     
  13. at the Royal Palace, Cambodia

     

  14. Love (part 2)

    When I wrote the first part of what made me fall in love with Phnom Penh, a friend remarked I could as well have enjoyed it in Hanoi. I’m afraid that is going to be the case for most, if not all of the parts that follow, and not only in Hanoi.



    The second element that seduced me is the elegance of shapes, in particular in architecture. Old architecture, that is, as today’s building style, not only here, can unfortunately only be called ‘lacking style’. The only place, during my travels in South-East Asia, where I still found an abundance of the use of natural resources in building, applied with a sense of art, is Java - an idea for another photo story.



    The only European style I can relate it to, -though in a more simplistic version-, is the Art Nouveau from Victor Horta. If ever you have the opportunity to visit one of the private homes designed by him, -most of them are in Avenue Louise in Brussels-, don’t think twice !



    The only buildings where this, -I’d call it the Angkorian style-, is used nowadays are major official buildings and pagodas, although there is no comparison with the ways of before, as everything is built in concrete, even the decorations, using the same molds everywhere. In comparison: in the Angkor temples for example, none of the Apsaras and Devatas  are identical.



    This elegance of shapes is also present in South-East Asia’s nature, … but that’s for next time.

     

  15. 3 Stories


    Or 4, if you include the small dog, though his is a simple one: he sleeps most of the day, barks most of the night.