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Angkor Wat: Visiting a wonder of the world.

By Chad Gerber

Angkor Wat: Visiting a wonder of the world.

I've learnt something important on this trip -- when to put my camera on the back burner. A lot of preparation goes into a shoot, and when your mind's on the end product and the "shot," its easy to forget where you actually are. It depends on your level of focus, of course, but when you're looking at a place through a lens, you might not be soaking up all that you could.

Wandering the ancient landmark, we studied intricate carvings and marvelled at the excellence of their preservation. We also learnt something of history, that in the 13th century, Angkor Wat switched from a Hindu temple to a Buddhist temple, and that, to manifest this change, all Hindu aspects in the carvings were physically reshaped to fit the new religion. Preserving the Buddhist faith, the monks you see in my images were found throughout the temple, burning incense and blessing newcomers with good fortune.

It's important not to lose sight of the things that inspire us, the roots of our passion. I love landscape and travel photography because I love exploring. My visit to Angkor Wat reminded me of that, and I'm glad that it happened so early into our adventure.

 

P.S. I chose to edit this post in black and white because I didn't want the "edit" to get in the way of what I wanted you to see -- a wonder of the world.

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Written by Chad Gerber, Edited by Nick Petrou