Reworking of a photo taken at the temple of the leper king in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I’m learning how to work with layers and textures at the moment (using freeware gimp), so I’ve been experimenting with some of my old photos. This statue always had a great meditative quality about it, and it was one of the few lower statues in the terrace that had not been stolen or damaged by vandals. (A sad reality in Cambodia, which ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries, is that much of the art was stolen by thieves who went on to sell the work on the black market…) When I happened upon this particular statue, the light was falling on it in a beautiful way, which I hope I’ve been able to capture and retain.
Featured in Statues and Such in June 2009.