My friend, Keith, recently visited Phnom Penh's Wat Preah Keo Morakot and was mesmerized by the pagoda's grounds. The site is a veritable visual playground for any photo enthusiast, but it's the surrounding 604 meters of ancient Khmer frescoes that are most photogenic! The paintings are over a hundred years old and illustrate Reamker, a Cambodian epic poem based on India's Ramayana legend. Today, the weather and microorganisms are gradually eroding the paintings, leading the Royal government to reach out for preservation and restoration support from other countries. While I certainly hope the murals are saved from future deterioration, their present state tells a fascinating story all of its own.
[photos by Keith Buck.]
I was engrossed the minute Keith showed off his photos, and we have since spent hours romanticizing about their next life. Should he turn the shots into wrapping paper? Stationery? Gallery wall art? So many options, such gorgeous and spirited art.