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Photographers join to promote the craft

Siem Reap-based photographer Dave Perkes will travel to the capital this weekend to display some of his prolific works at Meta House.

The former Londoner, who settled in this country in 2003, founded the Peace of Angkor tour group,which  takes artistically minded travellers on photo tours through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

He has spent the past decade guiding amateur and professional photographers through Cambodia’s northern provinces to provide new fodder for their craft, along with wildlife- and bird-watching tours.

Last year, he founded the Angkor Photo Club in Siem Reap, with the aim of encouraging and developing aspiring photographers in the town.

The Meta House exhibition will be staged in collaboration with the Cambodia Photo Club, founded recently by 28 -year-old Tram Lyrattanak.

Both groups are open to both Cambodian and expatriate amateurs, as well as photography profess-ionals willing to offer expertise. Sunday’s exhibition is the first time the groups have collaborated.

Perkes will take his audience on a visual excursion through a decade’s worth of travels through Cambodia, often to poor and remote parts of the country.

“I’ll be giving a slide show talking through some of the images, and how I arrived at them as a learning process,” he says.

“I’ll run through in detail some of the ways I’ve produced the images and how I composed them.”

Perkes is also planning to showcase his Celestial Temples images, which catalogue the relationship between Angkor’s stone temples and the natural environment during the rainy season.

Perkes’ talk will take place this Sunday at 9am, followed by a question-and-answer session for those hoping to learn more about the craft.  Meta House is at #37 Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sean Gleeson at ppp.lifestyle@gmail.com

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