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The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their documentation of their prisoners and their torture methods. As you enter Building B of the Tuol Sleng Prison, you are met with face upon face of man, woman and child that were once prisoners of the Khmer Rouge. It is truly haunting and the enormity of it truly hits you as you are walking from room upon room filled with photos.

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  • Jo O'Brien
    Jo O'Brienover 5 years ago

    Stunning work Caroline. The repetition and muted colours in this work so well.

  • Thank you very much Jo. Glad you like it!

    – Caroline Fournier

  • rochelle
    rochelleover 5 years ago

    this is a great composition – the perspective of the space at the end through these various doorways and then the photos on the side is what i find haunting – well done!

  • Thank you very much Rochelle. This is early on in Building B and I couldn’t believe that this kept on going for so many rooms after. I was already a weepy mess by the first one!

    – Caroline Fournier

  • rochelle
    rochelleover 5 years ago

    this for me is what travel does – it makes you think about ‘the other’. Important for us all to do, particularly in these times. I had a similar experience when I first went to India.

  • I agree completely. It definitely makes you realize how fortunate and more importantly safe you truly are. And once in a while it’s good to be taken out of your comfort zone! This is definitely something that everyone should experience once in their lifetime.

    – Caroline Fournier

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 5 years ago

    It’s very moving isn’t it….. my husband has a similar image… all those faces……… it’s one of the most horrific things we can do to our own kind, yet sadly Genocide is an all to frequent part of our history. I struggle to get my head around it…. don’t think I ever will…

  • I don’t understand violence to start with so something like this to me is just utterly incomprehensible. And to think that this is not that long ago and that it has happened since is mind boggling. This trip has definitely stayed with me!

    – Caroline Fournier

  • Kaylea
    Kayleaover 5 years ago

    Hi Caroline, the door frames make a great pattern through the photo. As other people have said it is very moving too. Where abouts exactly was this prison? x

  • This is in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. This is where the Khmer Rouge took about 17,000 prisoners who ultimately would end up being brought to the Killing Fields. You can feel that energy in those buildings. It is a surreal experience.

    – Caroline Fournier

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    WOW!!! what a life-altering event for you, to visit this place. You’ve certainly done it justice with this fabulous image, Caroline…… very haunting indeed!!

  • Wow thank you very much Wendi. Seeing that you read the blog as I was going along you know what a day that was for me. I am really proud of this photo I have to say.

    – Caroline Fournier

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 5 years ago

    Very, very upsetting. Don’t think I’ll ever understand it.
    As a photograph – it’s awesome and you’ve done a brilliant job at ‘getting’ the starkness!

  • I agree with you in that this is beyond any of our comprehension. And thank you for the lovely comment … I am glad that I “got” it. Weird in a way but I was actually very inspired in that space. I got tons of photos but I won’t post too many because just a tad too depressing and wanting to keep a little something to myself to remember the experience.

    – Caroline Fournier

  • jansnow
    jansnowover 5 years ago

    A most touching image Caroline. What a terrible history to have to bear. This reminds me of the gas chambers in Germany which I visited many, many years ago. I hope our world learns from the past!!

  • Thank you so much Jan. I figure that the two experiences are very parallel in terms of the sheer feeling that it evokes even just being there.

    – Caroline Fournier

  • sticky
    stickyover 5 years ago

    Moving image…………… wish I had more faith to think these awful things would never happen again !!!!

  • Thank you so much Sticky … and yes I too wish I had a bit more faith to think the same thing!

    – Caroline Fournier

  • John Mitchell
    John Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Caroline, I was there three years ago, and I totally agree. Well captured.

  • Thank you very much John

    – Caroline Fournier

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