I have a catalogue in my studio that contains over a quarter of a million high quality images. Sketches, paintings, large- and medium-format photographs, all made during my decade exploring Cambodia and the rest of Southeast Asia.
Many of these images were made for my Spirit of Angkor project. They were always intended to be used to make fine art prints for my portfolio. They were planned, sometimes for several months, even years, and then crafted carefully, sometimes for weeks and months more, to realise my urgent need to communicate my emotional response to these marvellous places, to capture the spirit of the place where I work, the temples of Angkor.
Sometimes I have hundreds of images portraying a single subject, made in diverse lighting and weather conditions, from varying perspectives, and at different times of the year. I then use these images collectively to help me craft the final image, or simply to inspire me.
As I write this, I have over one hundred images in my Spirit of Angkor portfolio, with hundreds more still requiring my love and attention to complete them. And then, of course, there will be the new images that I make today, or tomorrow… my best work, or my favourite, is always my next one!
Many more images were made to document these ancient places. I use these in My Journal to explore the history and mythology of Angkor, and to tell the stories of my adventures.
And then there are the “other images”. These are the photographs that weren’t meticulously planned, they were made instinctively, just me reacting to something I saw that day. They were not made with any specific conscious intent to reveal the Spirit of Angkor, or to document the wonders of the temples. They need not have been made in Southeast Asia at all. They could be images depicting the temples that I love so much, of course, but they could equally be of a leaf, an interesting form, the light falling “just so” on a stone, a winding path through the forest, or a bustling market scene. Some of the images could be more experimental in nature as I continuously strive to find new ways of seeing, to express myself, to find my voice.
None of this means that these are lesser images. I made these other images purely out of love, they speak to me, and I want to share them.
I call this section of My Journal "Impressions", denoting "images retained as a consequence of experience". The articles there will each simply contain a small collection of these other images presented as a gallery. No preamble (aside from this article), no descriptive text, I won’t even give the images meaningful titles. I will let them speak for themselves. The article titles may give you an idea of what each collection contains, but they may also be somewhat cryptic, as is the wont of artists.
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Prints of these images will not be available to purchase directly through my store, but in my view an image is incomplete until I can hold a beautifully crafted print in my hands. So if a piece speaks to you then these fine art prints will be available in strictly limited quantities, please contact me for more information.
So, without further ado, I’ll kick this project off with Impressions I: Banteay Kdei Temple, which those who know me won’t be surprised to find contains images of apsaras (or devatas) and dvarapalas that I made this week.
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