This Week in Photos

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Will watches the monorails and overpasses of Sentosa Island pass by out the window of an air-conditioned bus.

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Thirteen sets of escalators at the awe-inspiring National Library in Singapore.

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Will and my mum stretch outside the Burmese embassy after a botched attempt at securing travel visas. In a fatal lapse of reason, I admitted to having been involved with the media and was denied access on the spot. Hoping they’d forget, and planning to try again through a travel agent the next day under a different passport, I shaved my head just before my mum struck upon a genius solution to salvage airfares and go into Cambodia instead. My head looks rather like a tanned egg.

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Eggs?

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A detail from a wall of skulls at the Cheung Ek genocide museum in Cambodia. Between 1975 and 1979, the ultra-communist Khmer Rouge government was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million of its own people — some 10% of the nation’s population — and even now, some thirty years later, there are ghosts of their regime at every turn.

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A hallway of holding cells at the S-21 genocide museum in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

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Some obligatory temple photos…

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…Will in an uncharacteristically dour mood…

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…the termites go marching ’round and ’round…

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…and a rather feeble-looking bug carries a dead spider up a temple wall.

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The view from our tuk-tuk (a motorbike hauling a small carriage) as two tour buses pull up outside one of the Angkor temples.

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Waiting for the rains to pass.

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Palm sugar bubbles and steams in an open wok on the drive to Banteay Srei.

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Austin Andrews is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and occasional filmmaker with a penchant for finding the fantastic in the everyday. Contact him at austin [at] disposablewords [dot] net

5 comments

  • A question: When is this trip going to end?! You’ve been gone nearly six months and have covered thousands (or is it tens of thousands?) of kilometeres. I’m not only impressed (by both the scope of the trip and the photographs it has spawned) but also incredibly jealous.

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  • Whooo… good question. It looks¬†now¬†like the trip will come to end when June does: Will has uni starting up and I\’ll be in Queensland through winter for god knows what reason. Maybe it\’s because I don\’t remember where home is?

    I\’m hoping to get a road trip to Victoria together in either June or September and we\’ll sit down over gin and tonics and I\’ll tell you all the reasons not to visit Cambodia in summer, or Russia in January, or China ever, and over the course of an evening wear all that green away. Seriously though, I\’ve come to learn and love a lot about myself this year but I feel that, for as many things as I\’ve set eyes and ears on, I\’ve hardly actually seen anything. It\’s an awful thing to own up to and I\’m hoping I\’ll feel differently after it\’s all done.

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