8 Days 7 Nights
This 8-day photography tour with Siem Reap-based photographer Eric de Vries is a unique opportunity to explore Cambodia while learning the tricks and techniques of travel photography at the same time. You will uncover lesser known sites and aspects of Cambodia, learn how to get the best out of your camera and, with the personal instruction by Eric de Vries, improve your photo skills. Much time will therefore be spent on various aspects of photography, such as composition and light, and the tour also includes 2 post-production workshops.
Eric de Vries is specialised in documentary and fine art photography. He has been living and working in Cambodia since 2007. His clients come from the US, Europe and Hong Kong and all of them experienced a photo-tour and workshop with Eric. Besides leading tours, he is the founder of a Cambodia-based photo agency, named SEA/collectiv.
Introduction workshop in the morning before we explore Phnom Penh. We visit local markets and Buddhist temples. We also take time to explore the typical Khmer architecture from the sixties.
We leave early today to explore some of the places of interest on our way to Battambang. The first stop is Udong, once Cambodia’s capital. There are a number of stupas on the top of nearby Phnom Udong, where former kings and queens are buried. We enjoy the panoramic views over the plains below, before we have a small production workshop and continue to Kampong Chhnang for lunch. Later we visit a traditional pottery village in the area before we reach the village of Kompong Luong, one of the largest floating settlements on the Tonle Sap Lake. We take a boat to capture some interesting scenes in this bustling community. We continue to the provincial capital of Pursat and arrive in Battambang towards the evening.
Today we visit Phnom Sampeu, a sacred mountain which hosts a number of interesting pagodas and stupas as well as a moving memorial to the Khmer Rouge victims that were murdered in one of the killing caves in the mountain. In the afternoon we visit a disused factory where we capture the special atmosphere and are introduced to the techniques of object photography. In the evening we have a small postproduction workshop.
After an early breakfast we are transferred to the pier where we board a boat for one of the most scenic boat journeys in Cambodia. Following the Sanker River and crossing the Tonle Sap Lake we pass floating villages, glide through protected wetlands, catching a glimpse of the spectacular wilderness and getting an insight into the lives of the local fisherman while capturing some of the scenes on camera. We arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor, in the afternoon. We transfer to our hotel to have a rest. In the late afternoon we will have a fine art photography workshop near an ancient temple site.
We spend a full day in the Angkor Archaeologic Park for photo shoots at Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and other temples.
We rise early to catch the sunrise over Angkor before breakfast. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. You may want to explore more temples or just relax at the pool of your hotel.
On our way to Phnom Penh, we will stop at a sculpture workshop just outside Kompong Thom for a photo documentary. After lunch in Skuon we pay a visit to the Cham muslims, an ethnic minority that lives north of Phnom Penh on the riverbanks of the Mekong. We take our time for a photo shoot on Khmer Islam. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon. We will end our tour with a presentation of our best work, shot during the expedition, while having our farewell-dinner.
Time free at leisure until your check out and transfer or the beginning of your onward programme