Kep: Old Houses

I’m back in Cambodia. I’ve actually been here for two weeks now for a big art therapy project.  I joke with my husband sometimes that no matter how much I kick and scream, after the resistance, I always return to Cambodia. My days are quite full here. It’s 9 pm as I write this and my eyes want to shut themselves. So does my mind. The heat has been somewhat debilitating and the work mentally taxing. There is heavy work to be done here. So much pain. So much of having to sit with the uncomfortable. For the first time, being here feels monumental.

The images below are from my trip with TJ to Cambodia this past November for Greg and Rebeca’s wedding. I’m not sure these old houses will be there when I go visit Kep in June. When we were leaving trees were being cut and roads were being expanded. Construction is never ending in Cambodia and the preservation of old buildings isn’t really important for Cambodians.

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Kimberly | A Winter Film Shoot

It was never hard to make friends in Phnom Penh. The city was big enough that I didn’t feel trapped in one group. People were always coming and going. It was not strange to bump into the friend that you had coffee with in the morning at a music gig that same evening. There is this sort of vibrancy that I miss. It’s been a year since TJ and I moved back to Colorado and while I very much like being back, the lack of human interaction is a bit shocking. People are so confined in their homes. The ease of seeing friends is gone. Schedules have to be made far in advance. Spontaneity no longer exist. Everyone is too busy, too busy, too busy.

Then came Kimberly. I met Kimberly at a coffee shop a few weeks ago and I have to say she’s a gem. It’s been awhile since I’ve spoken with such abandonment with a stranger but there was such ease when speaking with her. So much so that I could have sat there and chatted with her all day if it wasn’t for that parking ticket on my car. Anyway, fast forward a few weeks later and there’s snow on the ground. I have my film camera and Kimberly has her brilliant red hair. The snow contrasted so perfectly with the red. She’s so beautiful!

Kimberly, thank you for being my muse for a day.

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Angela & Drew

It snowed last night and this photo reminds me to cuddle in a little closer with the husband. Hopefully, Spring will really make an appearance soon and snow will be in our distant memory. Angela and Drew are beautiful people and amazing photographers. And if I may say, the most photographed photography couple in the history of photography. They make it so easy.

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