Jeremiah Rogers

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Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Apsara Dancer. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 2015.

One year ago.

One of the things most amazing about Cambodian culture is that women do this apsara dance so frequently, almost casually. My Cambodian friends would bend their fingers back constantly so that they could do the dance better – and anyone I asked would be able to bend their index finger back far enough that it touches their wrist. Try it – it’s really hard.

This woman by the river had almost no idea I was there. She was I think on drugs, dancing to herself, wrapped in a carpet. It’s really sad, but in black and white it becomes this very elegant scene showing a bunch of contradictions from modern Cambodia.

Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Kandal Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 2015.

The layers in Asia are fantastic. Spaces are so crowded that people stack on top of each other. Scenes like this exist in America but they’re much harder to find.

This small market near my house in Phnom Penh was a warren of activity. People kept their stalls so crowded with merchandise that walking through you’d have to duck under and around things. A section in the front sold watches, an expanse in the back was where my friend Oun Neth got her hair and nails done, and in the center under a torn tarp were the food sellers. Cooking over boiling pots, steam light pouring in through the holes in the ceiling.

I used to hate this picture because part of it is blown out and it wasn’t exposed properly. But images like these area hard for everyone, the difference between light and dark is so extreme. Canon 6D at 28mm.

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

S-21, also known as Tuol Sleng, is a converted school in Phnom Penh where the Khmer Rouge tortured and killed political prisoners.

There are hundreds of pictures on the walls. I didn’t visit S21 for my first four months living here. Now that I’ve lived here and assimilated a bit, the faces look just like the faces I see every day. Some of the photos like this one are very well done and life-like. It was gut wrenching to see this. Change the shirt and this could be any of the kids I pass every day on the street.

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

I’ve updated this as of 126 with new images.

All of these were taken with a Canon 6D and 28mm f1.8. The sensor on my Leica is very dirty right now, I need to see how to get it cleaned. The 40mm f2.8 Canon lens was narrow and it’s lack of good manual focus was driving me crazy1, so I borrowed a 28mm f1.8 for the day to try it out. I like it.

Apsara Dancer. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Daytime at Orussey Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Moto Taxi. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Loading trucks outside Orussey Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Worker resting outside Orussey Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A woman pushes a hand truck full of freshwater snails. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cutting fish in the market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Boys fighting in the back of a truck. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Monks taking pictures of each other. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A man and his monkey. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


  1. The 40mm f2.8 Canon lens is drive by wire. That means the power switch needs to be on and the camera needs to be awake to focus even manually. It also lacks a focus scale on the lens. For shooting when I have time to focus after bringing the camera up to my eye it’s great. It’s also wonderful to carry around. [return]