Bon Om Touk – Traditional racing boats

Late November is the season of ‘Bon Om Touk’ in Cambodia when the Khmer celebrate the end of monsoon season and the change in the flow of the great Mekong river. Traditional wooden racing boats are re-painted and taken to the local rivers to race. Banned in Phnom Penh in recent years after a bridge collapse Siem Reap has been fortunate to be able welcome the racing boats back this year.

The below image was shot at Wat Athvea where the local artisans and monks paint the wooden hulls under the pagoda. This afternoons photo tour I was particularly drawn to the shadows of the harsh midday light and the vivid colours of painted decoration.

Take a creative¬†photography escape on tour with me in 2016…

 

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