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Miti Ruangkritya March 17, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cambodia.

Siem Reap, Cambodia 2009

Miti Ruangkritya (b. 1981, Thailand) is a freelance documentary/editorial photographer currently based in Bangkok.  He graduated with an MA in Photojournalism from The University of Westminster. He has participated in the Angkor photography workshop for young Asian Photographers. He has shot for Thai and Asian travel publications and is represented by Millennium Images. His ongoing project, ‘Amulet World’, is a study of Buddhism and its interaction with the rise of the consumerist culture, focusing on the duality between spirituality and commercialism that characterizes the amulet trade in Thailand.

About the Photograph:

This image is from the On the Edge, a project shot on the outskirts of Siem Reap, one of Cambodia’s fastest growing cities. Along this empty highway there is no sign of the tourist commerce and shopping districts that have been fueling the city’s growth. The unkempt open grasslands that surround the city carry an atmosphere of anachronistic indifference, which attracted me to the area. Traveling along the highway one felt time slow down and the noise of the city dissolve. Though it seems an unlikely area to have a picnic, the couple seemed at ease by the lake amongst the dry grass and litter, and ambivalent towards being photographed. The place was hard to define, for some it was a retreat; for others merely a transient stop-off point along a journey; and for me it was a reminder of region that seems unsure of where it was heading. The rural landscape clashing with the inexorable growth of the city.”