>Post Trip – Hipstamatic Final Shots

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We’ve been back for a week and I’ve gotten around to sorting the pictures.  At last count I shot over 1,500 pictures while we were in Cambodia.  These nine shots represent the best shots in my opinion that I took while I was around.  Before we left I contacted the fine folks at Hipstamatic and asked them if they could do anything to raise awareness about human trafficking and our project.  They’ve been kind enough to give us some space on their Facebook page. 

I took this shot on day 5 of our trip.  I think it was one of the best shots of the whole trip, largely because of its enigmatic feel.  I used the Salvador 84 lens and BlackKeys film but I didn’t intend to.  I was driving back from Angor Wat and just set the settings to “shake to randomize” and took this while riding in the back of a tuktuk.  It’s a nice effect and it came off right.  Whenever I get bored of my combination with Hipsta I’ll change to randomize and surprise myself.  In this case, I got a great picture out of it. It is what it is.

This picture was shot at the Killing Fields on Day 11 of our trip.  I used a Helga Viking lens and again the BlackKeys film for the shot.  There is a memorial with cases and cases of skulls and I took a lot of time taking shots, trying to get the right angle. I even switched to a Salvador 84 at one point but wanted something stark and simple and settled on this one.

Over two million people died during the Khmer Rouge’s rein of terror.  The Killing Fields are the final resting place of tens of thousands of Cambodian men, women and children who were taken to a remote location and killed.  More video and information can be found in the daily blog here:  Killing Fields on Day 11.

This picture was taken on day 8 of our trip, we were traveling to Phnom Penh and we stopped along the way.  I took this picture from quite a distance so it may sort of surprise you that it’s a Hipstamatic shot but it is.  The film used is a Blanko and the lens is a Buckhorst 411 (one of my favorites for the trip).  My secret to getting close enough was using a zoom lens sold by the folks over at Mobile Brando.  For $19.00 they sell a zoom lens that straps to a case that comes with.  You can purchase the zoom lens here>>check it. I find it is very useful as the pictures come out sharper and you can stick with Hipstamatic for all your shots.  Maybe Hipstamatic should make one?  Hmm?

This shot was taken on really the first day of our trip in Siem Reap but I’ve listed it as Day 3.  There’s a river that runs through town and these two ladies were fishing.  The light was good and there’s not much to say.  I used the John S lens, which surprisingly came out with a low contrast and blanko film.

This shot was taken in Phnom Penh on day 13 of our trip.  It didn’t make the top shots of the day though which tells you something about my lack of refined skills, once again with the zoom lens.  I used the LuciferIV lens and Blanko Noir film which is a totally rad combination.  Oh, and if you don’t know this is a young Buddhist Monk who is on his rounds to collect food and money for the poor in the morning.

This picture is taken at the AFESIP Phnom Penh center on day 14 of our trip.  Leslie performed her songs from the new album music at every center.  Down below you can see a video of Leslie playing an incredible song, “How Could You Know?” I used a Lucifer VI lens and BlackKeys SuperGrain, a nice even picture.  Because of security concerns I am restricted from publishing any pictures that show the women’s faces.  There are some evil human beings on the planet who would pay a lot of money to know where these women are and how to get to them.  I had to pull every string I could just to film at the center as it was.  So this picture shows the women, in their school uniforms lined up to receive presents from the donors from Connecting Hands, an Australian NGO. 

This picture used a Helga Viking and BlackKeys SuperGrain.  This man’s name is Douk and he’s an incredible individual and lives in Siem Reap, this picture was taken on day 18 of our trip.  He sells books on the streets and speaks remarkable English.  Douk was a victim of landmine which exploded, taking off his two arms up until the elbows and his legs up till his knee caps.  In Cambodia there have been over 10 million landmines buried across the countryside.  We visited the landmine museum on day 20 of our trip and more about this grave situation can be found here.  

This picture was taken on the road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.  The countryside is replete with rice fields and farmland, simply beautiful.  We drove fast through the countryside passing cars on the right and left.  I took this shot with a John S lens and Blanko film and using the zoom lens. 

This shot was taken on the way to the Killing Fields.  Jimmy lens and Blanko film.  I think it’s one of my favorite pictures, perhaps not the most powerful or the most artistically crafted but the shot captures spirit and for that–that alone–I love it.  Cambodia is an amazing country and our research trip brought this world into perspective.  Now the music.  
Below you’ll find a video of my amazing wife, Leslie Sanazaro performing in front of the women of AFESIP Phnom Penh.  Watch, something amazing happens as they sing along.